Democracy through the Wythenshawe prism

We have learned that the media will do all it can to ignore the crucial matter of political and electoral legitimacy. The establishment can’t have ordinary people actually thinking about or discussing MPs sitting in Parliament after securing only a tiny amount of support in the ballot.  That would be dangerous to the establishment.  The media, as its ally, continues to help distract attention away from this significant issue.

84.4% of eligible voters in Wythenshawe and Sale East did not vote for the candidate elected as the area’s MP.  71.8% of eligible voters in the constituency did not even vote.  The turnout was mentioned in Chris Mason’s piece, but only as part of the result, tucked away as a bullet point neatly at the bottom of the vote tally, no further discussion of it wanted or permitted.

This is an issue that is not going to go away.  In a democracy the elected representatives must have legitimacy.  Mike Kane’s election ‘victory’ with only 15.6% of the available vote is nowhere close to legitimacy.  We do not live in a democracy.  It is time people made a stand in order for this country to become one.

3 Responses to “Democracy through the Wythenshawe prism”


  1. 1 Furor Teutonicus 14/02/2014 at 12:49 pm

    AGAIN we come to my theory, that an election should be null and void if less than… nun.. I say 60%, (but that is a number out of my head. ) turn out to vote.

    Here, we need 51% of the vote to have an “absolute majority.”

    WHAT if the “Could not be arsed turning out,” for whatever reason, had a “ghost seat” in Parliament?

    A “Zero vote” on whatever was being discussed.

    That would mean that whatever the debate was, they must reach a higher proportion than the oponents, PLUS the percentage of the “could not give a shits.”

    Must think about that… there is obviously holes as big as the Atlantic, but…..

  2. 2 Clive 14/02/2014 at 4:08 pm

    I agree 100% he has no mandate to go to Parliment to represent the views of this area.My concern of course is how can we expose how many postal votes got him elected .I think without this vote it would have been close .

  3. 3 Derek Buxton 15/02/2014 at 11:33 am

    Remarkably direct for the BBC is it not? Having been considered the labour party propaganda department for so long, to see this is astonishing!


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