Pass the crisps: UK Election watch

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  • Lyndon Hood,

    Apparently the beeb have a election barge. Armando Iannucci was tweeting at one point that its power was off, and was hence the worst place to be watching the election apart from Gordon Brown's trousers.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1096 posts Report Reply

  • JLM,

    Because she thought there were too many jobs in the government!

    Judy Martin's southern sl… • Since Apr 2007 • 228 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I'm sorry, the what now?

    They're on a boat, bitch, with their swim trunks and their flippy-floppies.

    Consider this: The UK is still a monarchy. A hung parliament is likely. In that event, the queen apparently gets the final say.

    Joan Collins and Richard and Judy have been spotted aboard. Clearly the BBC are attempting to hijack the correct constitutional process. Now, can anyone confirm the presence of Julian Clary?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2396 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Astounding phallic graphic of the UK election result superimposed on Big Ben right now!

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Speaking of which;

    Ed Balls has indeed held his seat. As David Dimbleby says, the Tories have been denied their "Portillo moment". After the result, Mr Balls acknowledges it was "quite close" and pays tribute to his Conservative opponent for fighting a "straight" and "decent" campaign.

    Oh come on, please don't make it this easy.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Since we're heading in this direction, am I the only one that when the anchorman said "let's go to the count" didn't quite hear the word "count", but a similar one?

    Also, I briefly thought that in Swindon they had a "Greek Party".

    I should probably schedule a timpanometry.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Perrott,

    huzzah for Ed Balls...

    Balls for Britain.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 308 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh come on, please don't make it this easy.

    Well, I'm watching Balls now and apparently the only reason he almost lost his seat was because of the "Ashcroft millions" -- where 'clueless' isn't so much a wonderful film as a career path.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11997 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    You'll be mishearing "German" as "Jewman" next.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Whoops. The low-o-meter will start to operate soon. I was going to post Julian Clary's mincing machine earlier, but thought better of it. Still, Friday is a long day, especially when there's an election going on.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    Rich Lock spake of the UKIP

    Crudely speaking, they want to 'unsign' Britain from any sort of EU treaty that's been signed in the last 30-40 years.

    The UKIP seem to be working from within, having MPs in the European Parliament. The first I heard of the UKIP was in February when footage of one of their MEPs turned up on the news here shot during the Copenhagen climate meeting. He was praising France for sinking the Rainbow Warrior: Apology demanded for Warrior bombing comment

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 115 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock,

    I should probably schedule a timpanometry.

    Beethoven's 10th is recommended, if you can afford the full string section.

    And stop mumbling.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2396 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I wonder if the BNP candidate for Hammersmith didn't take the stage because the conservative candidate was black.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    The BNP vote is more than slightly disturbing. Does this match increases in right wing parties across Europe? Apparently in Hungary it does.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I don't know - how big is it ? They seem to be getting one-two thousand in every sit that reports live. That's about 3-3.5% of the vote on average. Don't know what the proportional vote overall is though.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    So was the guy behind Brown when his election was announced who was doing a black power salute clueless BNP candidate?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    He was a member of the landless peasants party I thought.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7367 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    actually on closer examination it appears it was, um, something else

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2152 posts Report Reply

  • BlairMacca,

    Holy crap the journo's must be doing it rough, I guess they do start counting at 10pm, but its 6:07am and they are still going

    Wellington • Since Apr 2007 • 201 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Tympanometry for the devil?

    actually on closer examination it appears it was, um, something else

    Must be the representative from the British Satanist Party, he looks like Anton La Vey, but he's dead!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4961 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Nimmo,

    Well, the Brighton Pavilion result is at least something to celebrate.

    Wellington • Since May 2009 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    From the Beeb's rolling updates:

    Richard Shaw from New Zealand writes: As the only Westminster jurisdiction with significant experience of proportional representation, we could pass on a few lessons about governing under minority conditions. It's really not that scary: governments negotiate confidence and supply agreements, then get on with the business. Down here, at least, the sky hasn't yet fallen.

    I confess, I've had the urge to explain stuff to people over there all damn day ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18891 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    This is as stark an example of why FPP is not democracy as any I can imagine. At least political studies professors will now have a working example of why it sucks so badly.

    Ok, so our MMP needs some improvement, but this is patently ridicolous. LD 22% of the vote (so far) and 7% of the seats. Right?

    Whatthe?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Keir Leslie,

    You know, the British have had minority governments in the past; in fact, they have had minority governments dependent on minor national parties, which looks like a probable outcome, which we haven't. It might be worth not getting too lecture-y.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1364 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Hold the phone, BBC says Brown not necessarily down, even with Balls up. (sorry)

    But seriously, apparently he could coalesce with Clegg and form a minority Government, as happened in 1974. Seems unlikely, but the Beeb is hypothesizing. Interesting.

    Harold bloody Wilson aye.

    @Keir Snap.

    Oh, and RB, sorry for my backhander on quoting Twitter. The Beeb is doing it, so it is now officially journalism. Carry on.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

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