Monday, 8 June 2009

South East EU Elections -- Some Thoughts

Well it was all rather interesting last night. Labour got trounced again. In the East of England they came 4th and in the South East 5th -- behind the Greens. Will Gordon hang on? Probably.

On a national level we're about to send our first BNP/national-SOCIALIST MEPs to the EU. I have a feeling they will fit in well. Also unlike the political elite I'm not too concerned about people electing national-SOCIALISTS as I happen to believe in freedom of speech and democracy.

However what was a little surprising was how well the Euro-sceptic vote performed in the SE and EoE. It suggests that these areas may be a little less 'metropolitan' in their views than you might think. Or at least they're not so 'metropolitan' that they like the EU.

If you look at the vote about 30% of the electorate in the SE and EoE voted for parties explicitly opposed to the EU. And that's excluding the many Euro-sceptics who voted Conservative.

Overall I think we can conclude a few things from last night's result. First it's confirmed our next government will be Tory. Second Labour will most probably be trounced. They may even finish third.

And finally -- and most importantly -- the electorate have sent a great big NO to the EU. Which I think means David Cameron, when he becomes Prime Minister, has to give us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty regardless of its status. And possibly even a vote on the EU itself.

3 comments:

File Under "Common Knowledge" said...

The most interesting result from a Libertarian angle is, perhaps, the 7.4% of the vote achieved by the Swedish Pirate Party.
Apparently this had little to do with free Internet sharing, but was actually a protest against new laws allowing public authorities to supervise all telephone, internet and e-mail traffic, without suspicion of any illegal activity (sound familiar?).
In the UK you don't want to be labelled as a "one issue" party, but this could be an interesting way of raising your profile.

xenophon19 said...

"Which I think means David Cameron, when he becomes Prime Minister, has to give us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty regardless of its status. And possibly even a vote on the EU itself."

That would be manna from heaven

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Oranjepan said...

Don't you mean 'cosmopolitan' when you say 'metropolitan'?