The quasi-mysterious Banker's Umbrella watched the UK elections unfold from a secret location in Europe (Zurich). He has a message for those unhappy with the result...
I grew up in the UK in the eighties at a time when politics were ever present. It was the height of the Cold War and the UK economy, under Thatcher, was being changed in a fundamental way.
During that period, the political divide between the left and the right was palpable, even to a young kid such as myself.
This was felt particularly strongly in my family as my father was a non-Brit working in politics.
Only in UK politics is this culture of when you have failed, despite your best efforts, it's time to pull out the sword and say ‘pip pip, cheerio chaps'
The atmosphere of the time was manifested in odd clicks on the telephone and our mail often arriving opened.
The UK intelligence services were far from anything that watching a James Bond movie would lead you to believe. Subtlety was not their forte... But that's another story.
Our adult level of emotional feeling seldom reaches the heights they did in childhood, but by gosh and golly this UK election of 2015 came close to the excitement and era forming atmosphere of the eighties, when a Welsh bloke kept coming a clear second to a woman from Grantham.
The results last week were fascinating to watch.
If I were a British pollster, right about now, I'd be looking at alternate Open University courses and fine tuning my CV and I'd be doing it a bit sharpish.
But, while the UK was in the midst of campaigning, there was another parliamentary election happening in Europe that makes for an interesting comparison with the merits of having a UK, first past the post, parliamentary system.
The other elections I‘m referring to is that of Finland, that little country in the north, sung about by Monty Python and famous for... Well, I'll let you know when I think of it.
Unlike the UK, Finland has a proportional representative system of parliamentary democracy. A system supported by many in the UK calling for electoral reform.
The great thing about you Brits is that when you have an election and someone loses, as they inevitably do, the losers actually take responsibility for the loss by resigning.
For you Brits this might seem blatantly obvious, but when you look past the White Cliffs of Dover and how others go about their democratic business, you'd be surprised, how few fall on their sword.
It seems to be only in UK politics where there is this culture of when you have failed, despite your best efforts, it's time to pull out the sword and say ‘pip pip, cheerio chaps' and then politely fall on the pointed thing.
So it was this time as well, with both Ed Milliband and Nick Clegg not wasting any time about it. Even Nigel Farage, who was able to increase the actual number of votes his party received by several million, picked up his P45 without too much complaining, though he has since handed it back and un-resigned.
In European countries with proportional representation it's a lot different, the Finnish elections being a prime example.
Three out of the four biggest parties lost seats, with the two main coalition partners the labour party (SDP) and the conservative party (NCP) both suffering historical defeats.
What was the result? Not much really. None of the losing parties' leaders resigned.
In fact, the NCP ends up still in government despite getting a thorough beating at the polls.
So the end result was, that when people clearly voted for change, they got... more of the same, with exactly the same faces. Hardly sounds like a triumph of democracy, does it?
When it comes to political parties in a proportional representative system the result is that leaders will hang on to their position like a scared child hangs on to his mother on the first day of school.
There is now a drive in the UK for electoral reform, a good debate to have for sure.
However, despite its faults, a first past the post electoral system guarantees something that a proportional representation system that steers towards weak coalitions doesn't: The possibility of real change and clearer policy differences between the major parties.
The electorate has more of a chance of getting some real change should they want it.
This was so clearly evident in the UK election when the north of the UK (Scotland) so blatantly obviously voted for big change and in England, where they clearly voted to keep the status quo.
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