The UK election has been held, the results gathered rather messily, and whatever your political beliefs or your preferred voting system, the election has been held and the results are in.
However what we are seeing in these past few days is something that really concerns me, something that not many other people seem concerned about.
The fact that the election is over and the political parties are deciding which of them will take the position to lead the UK government, and even who could be seated in Number 10 Downing Street as our new Prime Minister.
Let me get some facts clear here.
First up, the meaning of the word majority:
Noun: The greater number, the number by which the votes cast for one party or candidate exceed those for the next.
Got that? Here are the individual votes cast for the top three parties in the 2010 UK election:
Conservative – 10,706,647
Labour – 8,604,358
Liberal Democrat – 6,827,938
Got that? Votes wise Conservative are ahead of Labour by 2,102,289 votes and Liberal Democrat by 3,878,709. That means that, by over 2 million votes from 2 million individual people of the UK, Conservatives are the party that have been chosen by the people to govern.
To clear a couple of things up before I proceed, there is no option on the voting slip for “hung parliament” or “teach you all a lesson”, so for all the politicians and media out there, no one voted for that, these votes were for specific parties.
If we were to vote that way then the option is to vote for a clear minority party or to spoil your ballot paper.
The votes above are for specific parties to govern the UK.
So if the Liberal Democrats make a deal with Labour, they are both going against the majority of the people of the UK who voted in the election, they are choosing to elect themselves over the party that the majority of the UK people voted for.
A further point, now brought forward by the resigning of Gordon Brown today, is that if the Liberal Democrats do make a deal with Labour, the United Kingdom will once again have a Prime Minister in power that no one elected.
We’re in the position of having the political parties bartering amongst themselves for what they want in the next four years in politics and deciding between themselves who will govern the UK, and that might not be who the majority of the UK people who voted chose.