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Glenrothes: The verdict

Friday, November 7th, 2008 at 12:34 pm Written by:

And so the Labour Party candidate has “unexpectedly” won Glenrothes — with an increased share of the vote (now at 55%) — and with the only difference from the 2005 election being that all the LibDem and Conservative voters switched to the SNP. Well done, folks. You have elected a new MP, Linsay Roy, who’s action plan is:

  • 1. Crack down on anti-social behavoir
  • 2. Fight for more opportunities for young people
  • 3. Sort out the roads and busses
  • 4. Help Fife families through tough times

We can count on the new MP voting for lots of horrible things sight-unseen for the next decade, owing to the fact that he was essentially chosen by the party machine for being a popular head-teacher, who probably has an average understanding about what goes on in Westminster (ie barely any), and will do exactly what he’s told. There has been no report of anyone asking him about where he stands on the controversial issues which have been so challenging to those few of us who have bothered to pay any attention to the ingredients as they are listed on the Bill for materials in Westminster.

Having just now reviewed the Guardian coverage of the campaign, as well as perused the BBC’s less easily navigated reports, one thing is obvious from this “upset” (after many pundits had predicted an SNP victory):

No public polling had been done

This is a complete disgrace. Clearly, the professionally run Labour Party with all its seasoned strategists from overseas and PM (Public Manipulation) companies must have run some polls and knew they were going to win. Polls are quite expensive to run, but are absolutely crucial if don’t want to fly blind.

Meanwhile, our dozy press corps (and this includes the BBC) have been relying on the betting odds down at Ladbrokes, knowing these are bogus on account of the fact that they have even reported the SNP sending out emails to members to place £10 bets on them winning. Not one poll has been taken where the results have been published, therefore giving this critical advantage to the Labour Party machine who can deliberately lie play down expectations to the gullible press and the misinformed public.

Actually, I have found two articles which are almost poll-taking. There’s this one from the BBC on 14 August 2008 which gives Two Labour interviewees to One SNP; and this one published in the Guardian on 5 November (the day before the election) where the reporter stood in the Kingdom Shopping Centre and reported incredulously:

“I spoke properly to about 20 people who could be voting tomorrow. The sample was so random that I don’t think the figures (SNP 3, Labour 6, Conservatives 2 and the rest don’t knows or wouldn’t says) mean anything.”

Two in-depth mood pieces by reporters covering the campaign (without any polling information) give a flavour of the issues which were used. As I observed, the SNP were hitting almost entirely on fossil fuel prices like there was no tomorrow (which there won’t be if this carries on). And the Labour Party campain was hammering on and on at a some insignificant and misreported imposition of charges in some home care services by the SNP-led local council (the leader of which was the SNP candidate). The Guardian outlined this too. The BBC did a tiny bit of fact-correcting in its article, with:

A retired ex-miner added: “They will be taking away free prescriptions next – I can see it coming.’ (The SNP, for the record, plan to extend the scope of free prescriptions, not restrict them.)

But in the long run this is hopeless. We, in Britain, don’t have the slightest understanding for how money adds up. That’s why supermarket managers can add one penny onto every single product in the shop, take 10p off the can of beans, and we think they whole place has suddenly become better value. We work by instinct, which is utterly flawed when it comes to mathematics, and the press who are similarly mathematically illiterate don’t bother to do the work to put us right. Something is sucking. It’s like an allergic reaction and you don’t know what food it is, and it’s going to take months of experimentation to work it out. The political establishment don’t want us to find out why we keep getting what we don’t want.

What are the results from the leaflet drop? Well, I can identify two instances where the URL must have been copied off the page and used on my website on the Sunday we were there: At 9:58 in Markinch, and at 12:10 near the Leslie Roundabout. That’s looks like it.

It’s not like people are unhappy with doing things on-line, because the BBC’s Have Your Say website about the by-election already has over 600 comments in just a few hours. That’s the power of the official media. It’s the default place where everyone gets their thoughts and ideas. This is why when they mis-report things — which they do — it’s so damaging. The mis-reporting here is that Brown has had an amazing bounce-back victory on his handling of the financial crisis, etc, when it was in fact all there ever was was a bunch of reliable Labour voters far away from Westminster with no interest in politics whatsoever voting for their local boy, Gordon Brown.

Until people who care start to get out of the policy issues and work out what is happening in the electoral system, it’s going to be hopeless. This is the place where there is the only source of a countervailing power against the ownership of the country by neo-conservative war-makers, arms dealers, oil companies, endlessly greedy bankers who don’t care about the consequences, and other corporate horror-shows. We need to find out why the House of Commons is continually being stuffed with turkeys who keep voting for Christmas week after week, and find a way to stop it.

Today is two days after the United States has elected a president who’s actually intelligent for the first time in ages, and who appears to be somewhat aware and concerned of the awesome train wreck that we are heading towards as a species. Sure, everyone can see a crisis when it is happening. Where’s the heck is the chance that things will get done before it gets bad when it’s possible to avoid the disaster, but at a time when special interests find it both in their interest and their power to suppress it?

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