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.