Friday, 24 October 2008

"Greening" America... or not.

Interesting wee story about a Green party candidate for the US Congress... who is running for office from a prison cell where he is currently serving time for election fraud.

I wonder how James feels about this. Last week he was delighted to be part of a global Green movement - which, sadly for him, failed to see any Greens elected in Canada. Maybe this isn't quite what he had in mind...

2 comments:

James 24 October 2008 at 16:58  

Ah well, the ACLU believes he's innocent, which is interesting. He was on probation for something they believe he didn't do, then got sent down for quoting the Bible, which was deemed a breach of his probation conditions?

It's a little odd, even for America, but I would need to hear this from a non Faux News angle before condemning or supporting the man.

But yes, more generally, parties as small as we currently are don't fare well under first past the post systems. It may therefore be a long time before we get a Green senator or congressperson in the US. However, in Canada Elizabeth May got 32%, and there's some hope for both Norwich South and Brighton Pavilion at the next UK general election.

Here's a question for you, though, Malcolm. If you had to vote in England, who would you vote for?

Malc 27 October 2008 at 13:15  

You seem to have mis-spelled Fox there James...

FPTP is a terrible system - remember Inverness in 1992? Four parties, each between 20 and 25% of the vote...

On your question James... it's a toughie. I could dodge it by saying I wouldn't vote. Or I could say it would probably depend on where I lived - both for tactical and local reasons. The second answer seems more realistic.

Seriously though, tactical voting for me would be a high probability...

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