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Old 05-06-2010, 08:03 AM   #1
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I can tell it's the "purdah" day here in the UK: one of the top 3 news stories on the BBC web site is that Arabic TLDs are now available.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10100108.stm

(Purdah - on the general election day, UK broadcasters are not allowed to carry any party political material - which comes as a blessed relief to some of us, I have to say. The trouble is, come midnight, the airwaves will burst out into a frenzy of hype and speculation in advance of all the results being available, and when they are, a torrent of analysis of the, mostly, blindingly obvious.

The closest to a political story is that the head of the UKIP party has been in a plane crash. It is alleged the accident may have been caused by an entanglement with an election banner being towed by the plane. May I be permitted a discreet smirk, given that no-one was killed?)
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When will the results be known? In Canada, and all of the US except Florida, votes are usually out the same day, with results announced as soon as polls close locally.

(There is no campaigning on election day, but the media is allowed to cover stuff. All the party leaders are shown voting, and stories about turnout, etc., are covered. None of that in UK?)
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Usually about 04:00 UTC, but if it's very close, it may be later, because some of the outlying districts may be late. The polls didn't close until 21:00 UTC. We have just the same, but the BBC had only a handful of results a few minutes ago (23:15 UTC).

   
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Looks as if no one has won - least of all the voters.

   
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They are allowed non-political election coverage, yes, but no campaigning.

As of now (9am GMT+1), 609 of 650 seats have been declared, and unless the predictions are wildly off, no-one will have a commanding presence. It is quite possible that the current (Labour) Prime Minister will be able to cobble together a coalition, or if not, the Conservatives may be able to form a minority government. Neither is very satisfactory from a "getting things done" POV, which is what we need right now.
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Campaigning here has to stop at midnight on the Wednesday before the election, which is always on a Saturday.

As I no longer watch television, and only listen to ABC radio which doesn't have ads, this doesn't affect me...

   
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As I no longer watch television, and only listen to ... radio which doesn't have ads, this doesn't affect me...
Ditto - and how much pleasanter it has been without TV, which we gave up this time last year.
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Don't fear the minority government. We have been living with them for the past six years in Canada, and about half the elections have been minority since the 1960s.
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Yes, but you went through your drastic cutting of state expenses a long time ago now. We need to do it quickly, not wait months while everyone argues about which seat they want!

Seeing how the PR-elected assemblies in Wales and Scotland tend to go on spending more and more, I am a little worried that a similar approach will be possible for the UK. And don't get me started on why we don't have an English parliament too, please!
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It's about time we get used to a multiparty parliament: it's a hundred years since there have been just Whigs and Tories that counted. The ERS estimates that there would have been 92 Liberals in parliament if we had used STV.

   
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