Electoral reform? We want to think about this the morning after an election like we want to look at a bucket of sick after a night on the piss.
But here it is and it’s not going away.
And we have to look at it because the lives of a great many British people have been hijacked by an imbecilic few. And not for the first time.
Consider this: 66 per cent of registered voters turned out to vote. Not 66 per cent of the population, but 66 per cent of the registered voters.
That’s just two thirds. Of people on the electoral register. Not even two thirds of people eligible to vote.
Of that 66 per cent, 37 per cent voted Tory. That’s not 37 per cent of the British population but 37 per cent of 66 percent of registered voters.
And that 37 per cent landed us with a government that represents the interests of the richest one per cent.
So that’s 63 per cent of the 66 per cent who actually voted that said ‘no’ to a Conservative government.
The result is more austerity, the privatisation of the NHS and other social services that rightly belong to everyone, more tax for the poor, less tax for the better off, the punishment and demonisation of the poorest, the disabled and migrants. That’s five more years of Little Lord Fauntleroy and his chums using the UK as their own personal cookie jar.
How is that democratic? How is that legitimate?
Today, the Cannibal is privileged to meet the leader of Britain’s favourite maverick party — scourge of mainstream politics, Nigel Farage of UKIP.
Cannibal’s Gazette: What is the biggest issue facing Britain today?
Nigel Farage: Immigration!
CG: Climate change caused by the activity of humans is threatening to cause unprecedented destruction to lives, the environment and economies. What is UKIP’s plan to tackle this? NF: Immigration!
CG: Neoliberalism is tightening its grip, funnelling ever more money from the pockets of hardworking people into the coffers of corporations, who have co-opted and appropriated the infrastructure of democracy including the political parties that are supposed to represent the people. These corporations are carving up the NHS, education, even welfare, destroying job security and the living wage, commodifying everything from the water we need, our health, our future, to free speech. They are eroding human rights, including the right to life. How do you stand on this and what do you intend to do to protect democracy and hardworking people?
CG: Congestion on the roads?
CG: War, pestilence, the Four Riders of the Apocalypse, bad weather?
NF: Immigration! Immigration! Immigration! Immigration!
CG: What day of the week is it?
CG: Would you like a cup of tea?
CG: Thank you very much, Mr Farage. It has been very exciting talking to you.
A second look-in for UKIP today: What happens when renewable energy runs out? Well, that will happen in about 4 billion years when the sun runs out of fissionable materials.
Incidentally, UKIP persons, that’s the sun in the sky, not the newspaper of the same name.
Ukip candidate wonders “what happens when renewable energy runs out?” – Mirror Online.
The person pondering this big question was not the UKIP and Chelsea fan on the Paris Metro, but Victoria Ayling, UKIP candidate for Great Grimsby.