“Great Ignored?”

April 10, 2010 at 10:18 am 5 comments

Martin Wainwright of the Guardian came up here (actually across here as he’s based in Leeds) and his Calder Valley article is published today and is linked right. We get  decent coverage, Abba reference and all, for which we are very grateful.

 That said, most of the national media remain convinced that there are only three political parties in this country. We’ve had obsessive coverage of their every ‘joke’ and their wives’ clothes (no, but honestly…) and scarcely a mention of the full political spectrum.

 I’m going to have to roll out my favourite stat again: in the ’09 Euro elections the so-called ‘main parties’ got 19% of the vote between them. David Cameron has shut up about the Great Ignored (what a tin-ear phrase anyway) but maybe the 36.6 million of us who didn’t choose the Big Three actually are the great ignored……


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  • 1. Chris Sawer  |  April 10, 2010 at 11:34 am

    the so-called ‘main parties’ got 19% of the vote between them

    This is rather misleading, and misuse of statistics is one of my pet hates. The full 2009 election results are available on the European Parliament website.

    Labour, Tories and Lib Dems got 57.1% of the votes cast in the United Kingdom. However, turnout was 34.7%, so what I think you meant to say was that 19.8% of the electorate voted for these three parties. This figure is low because so many people didn’t bother to vote at all.

    Using the same calculation method, just 3.0% of the electorate voted for the Green Party.

    Declaring an interest here, I’m a Lib Dem, and I was rather disappointed that we came in behind UKIP, and even more disappointed that the BNP got a seat in our region. I think this shows that we all need to campaign harder at European Elections to persuade voters that the European Parliament matters, and that everyone’s vote counts as it’s a proportional system.

    • 2. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  April 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

      Hi Chris
      You have half a point, in that I should have put “19% of the electorate voted for…”. Earlier in my blog I’ve used the same stats more precisely. However, as previously stated, my real point is EXACTLY that most people don’t vote. Obviously I’m not claiming 81% support for the Greens (though give it time….) but I do claim that in a PR election the ‘Big 3’ do not command majority support.
      As you’re a LIb Dem, we can agree on the need for a proper grown-up voting sstem so that we can all vote for what we want instead of all this ‘safe seat/tactical voting’ nonsense!

  • 3. Billy Wetherhead  |  April 12, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Half a point? How patronising Ms Sweeny!

    Do you seriously mean that being caught cold for ‘recycling’ the same misuse of statistics again is only half important?

    And you say that you believe that 81% support for the Green Party is achievable given time? Seriously, what planet are you on exactly?

    But more importantly, how can you be trusted as an MP given the deliberately misleading statements you choose to make, and the delusional ambition you seem have for your political party?

    • 4. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  April 15, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Shall we let the voters decide, Billy….?

    • 5. h0wgreenismyvalley  |  April 15, 2010 at 11:28 am

      Oh, and sorry Billy but my stats are still correct. See the BBC website if you want to check! The link is earlier in the blog.


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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