Today, for the first time ever, I went and got my nails done - and my
word! Why has no-one ever told me what a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful
experience this can be? I should have be doing this for years!
I admit my experience may have been enhanced slightly by the fact my
manicurist/pedicurist could barely speak a word of English, happily removing
the necessity for small talk - and I could just lose myself in enjoying a bit
of "me time", reading some trashy celeb magazine whilst being quite pampered.
I think I could get used to doing that ;)
(x-posted to mono)
... I must admit to being really disappointed with our entry for this year. It's written by Pete Waterman, and I think he has his mass-appeal formula from the 80's still stuck in his head. Admittedly, it's got a catchy hook - but that doesn't save the song from being forgettable, generic, and dated.
Ah well, it is what it is. Maybe we'll get some sympathy votes ;)
...is a breakdown of our Election results broken down by country.
For each country, each party is listed with 2 percentage figures. The first is the percentage of parliamentary seats within that country, and the second (bracketed) is the percentage of the vote from the people in that country.
I have only included parties which won seats in parliament. I am not commenting on the virtue/flaws of different electoral methods. I am highlighting some geographical differences in the election results which I consider of interest.
Apologies that my rounding is inconsistent - I was tired when I compiled this information! The figures are accurate enough for rough comparison though.
England (532 seats counted)
Conservatives 56% (40%)
Labour 36% (28%)
Liberal Democrats 8% (24%)
Green Party 0.2% (1%)
Clear Conservative win.
Over-represented: Conservatives, Labour
Under-represented: Liberal Democrats, Green Party
Wales (40 seats)
Labour 65% (36%)
Conservatives 20% (26%)
Liberal Democrats 7.5% (20%)
Plaid Cymru 7.5% (11%)
Clear Labour win.
Under-represented: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru
Scotland (59 seats)
Labour 69% (42%)
Liberal Democrats 19% (19%)
SNP 10% (20%)
Conservatives 2% (17%)
Clear Labour win.
Under-represented: SNP, Conservatives
Fairly represented: Liberal Democrats
Northern Ireland (18 seats)
Democratic Unionist Party 44% (25%)
Sinn Fein 28% (25.5%)
SDLP 17% (16.5%)
Alliance Party 6% (6%)
Other 6% (7%)
No clear majority.
Over-represented: Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein
Fairly represented: SDLP, Alliance Party