controversial statements and the general election

Yesterday: Ban the jobless from driving to ease congestion, Ukip candidate says. Obviously this is a controversial statement. Not very surprising, though. Ukip representatives manage to utter these kind of statements seemingly every day. Who can forget Kerry Smith’s leaked phone calls and Ukip leader’s Nigel Farage wish to join forces with Russia. Believe me; there are plenty of those.

On 7th of May, the United Kingdom is having their general election. Now, Ukip is not a big party (they only have two seats), but they did win the fourth most votes during the 2010 election and it is predicted that their seat gain is almost guaranteed. The real competition is between the Conservatives, the largest single party currently in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, and the Labours. 303 and 257 are their current seats in the House of Commons. However, we can’t ignore the fact that Ukip placed first in the 2014 European Elections.

While Ukip is laden with problematic statements and a subject of much loathing, it does have supporters and is growing year by year.

UK opinion polling 2010-2015.png

This chart shows opinion polling for the general election from 2010 to the predictions in the future. The purple line represents Ukip. It variates through the months, but the rise of the party is quite clear. Maybe in some years from now Ukip will be a substantial competitor to the Conservatives and the Labours? In my case, I hope not.

 

 

Sources

Ban the jobless from driving to ease congestion, Ukip candidate says

Farage’s golden boy’s rant at ‘pooftahs’, ‘Chigwell Peasants’ and ‘Chinky bird’: Astonishing leaked phone calls expose outbursts of Ukip man sent in to replace Neil Hamilton

Nigel Farage: Stop opposing Vladmir Putin in Ukraine and join forces to defeat Islamic terrorists

European Elections: UKIP Tops British Polls

electoral colleges and the 2000 presidential election – what I learned from watching recount

I absolutely hate watching movies where I know what the outcome will be – and that it will not be a good one. That is how I felt watching Recount. I was rooting for them. I really was hoping Gore would win, while knowing he wouldn’t… And that’s why those kind of films suck. They make you invested even while you know what the outcome will be.

For anyone confused as to what I’m talking about, Recount is a film chronicling the few weeks after the 2000 presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush when they performed recounts of the votes in Florida. We all know who won. Sadly. The reason for watching this movie in class is because we’re on the topic of the American presidential election process. It was not an easy movie to watch, mostly because I was boiling with rage. It did have Kevin Spacey though and I have a certain fondness in my heart for that guy, so…

Anyway, the American election process. I somehow knew about the American process before I knew the Norwegian and so I was surprised when I found out that they were quite different (if you know about the Norwegian process, you’ll know how daft my assumption was). The electoral college doesn’t exist here and the thought of that happening in Norway is actually quite absurd. This country has a parliamentary system but the power of election is still placed fully on the Norwegian people. Does that mean the stupidity of electing Bush for two terms in a row isn’t due to the people, but the electoral college? They definitely have some shit to explain.

9/11 – a day we will never forget

The effects of 9th of September 2001 are numerous. US economy, the mental health of its people and security in places such as airports was heightened. Since the attack was planned and executed by the al-Qaeda, it didn’t improve the conditions of Muslims living in America or the reputation of Muslim people all over the world.

In the days after 9/11, harassment of anyone that looked like followers of Islam were rampant and common; vandalism, assault, arson and even murder were documented. The word Muslim seems to spark a negative connotation; terrorist. The religion itself is also thought of as “savage” and “dangerous”. Women wearing burqas, niqabs, even hijabs, are suspicious, men are overbearing and always misogynistic and females are oppressed and brainwashed. At least that’s how everyone generally thinks of it. Current events aren’t helping either; ISIS thinks of themselves as brave fighters against the evil capitalism of the west and no matter how many Muslims distance themselves from their violent ways, the word jihad and terrorist will for many be connected to every single follower of Islam. It seems like many people are also unaware of the difference between a Muslim and a radical Islamist. I would say c’est la vie, but that shouldn’t actually be life.