I’ve always maintained that if all the people who can’t be bothered to vote in a by-election actually turned out and voted for someone other than a main political party candidate then they would turn politics upside down in this country in one day.
Yesterday Liberal Democrats claimed a narrow victory in the Eastleigh by-election fending off Ukip that forced the Conservatives into third place.
The Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton won the seat with a majority of 1,771, taking 13,342 votes to Ukip’s 11,571.
The Tories’ candidate Maria Hutchings came in third with 10,559. Labour’s John O’Farrell came fourth with 4,088.
The turnout was 52.8 %, total votes were about 40,000 thus nearly 40,000 people couldn’t give a crap about voting although these are the people who probably moan about the government the most.
So if only half of those who didn’t vote voted for a candidate representing a worthwhile cause, like Dr Iain Maclennan (National Health Action Party) pictured right for instance, he would now be a MP whilst the main party candidates would have received a right kick in the bollocks. I know nothing about the ‘Doc’ but looking down the candidate list he looks the most worthwhile candidate for someone who hates politics, religion and extroverts. This type of candidate list is typical in a General Election so if only half of non voters chose the same type of candidate this country could be turned upside down at the next election.
Mike Thornton (Liberal Democrat) 13,342 (32.06%, -14.48%)
Diane James (UKIP) 11,571 (27.80%, +24.20%)
Maria Hutchings (Conservative) 10,559 (25.37%, -13.96%)
John O’Farrell (Labour) 4,088 (9.82%, +0.22%)
Danny Stupple (Independent) 768 (1.85%, +1.56%)
Dr Iain Maclennan (National Health Action Party) 392 (0.94%)
Ray Hall (Beer, Baccy and Crumpet Party) 235 (0.56%)
Kevin Milburn (Christian Party) 163 (0.39%)
Howling Laud Hope (Monster Raving Loony Party) 136 (0.33%)
Jim Duggan (Peace Party) 128 (0.31%)
David Bishop (Elvis Loves Pets) 72 (0.17%)
Michael Walters (English Democrats) 70 (0.17%, -0.30%)
Daz Procter (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) 62 (0.15%)
Colin Bex (Wessex Regionalist) 30 (0.07%)
I googled DR Ian Maclennan, he was a Navy Medical officer, a public health consultant and a GP. Maclennan wants to protect local health services as well as larger plans to reform and de-commercialise the NHS.
NHS horror item of the day.
The betrayal of older women who develop breast cancer in Britain is exposed today.
Eight out of ten are denied the chance of basic treatment simply on the basis of their age.
Those over 70 who are diagnosed with the disease have only a one-in-seven chance of receiving the chemotherapy that is the standard approach for younger patients.
This means potentially lifesaving drugs are denied to women purely because they are regarded as too old, rather than whether they are fit enough or could benefit from treatment.