26 May 2014
The Grudge Voting system will square this circle.
Here's how it works: The candidate with the most votes wins the seat, same as now. But their power in Parliament for the next 5 years depends on what % of the votes they got. Take an MP who wins a seat with 60% of the vote. In the current system they have 1 vote in Parliament. Under my system they would only have 0.6 of a vote. And an MP who won with just a 35% share - which is not unusual - would in Parliament get only 0.35 of a vote.
The power of the elected MPs in Parliament would therefore directly reflect the amount support they command in their constituencies.
That's fairness for you. And the beauty of the system is that nobody's vote is now wasted. If you are a Labour voter living in a solid Conservative constituency, it is worth going out to vote Labour - your candidate won't win, but your vote directly helps to reduce the Tory MP's power in the next parliament. Same thing if you are a Conservative voter living in a solid Labour area. It's also worth voting for a minority party; they won't get in, but now you can help to reduce the clout of the winner.
Hence the title, the Grudge Voting system. It appeals to that deeply felt need to do the other side down. Just the ticket for alienated, fed-up Brits!
Posted by P K Munroe at 18:48
28 Apr 2014
30 Jan 2014
Meanwhile there is a strange silence in the media about the consumers of rhino horn – men living in China, Indonesia, and elsewhere in the Far East. Presumably the silence is because these countries have strong and growing economies, so we’re not allowed to laugh at their medieval delusions.
And now, we hear, criminal gangs are involved in poaching and smuggling. There’s a surprise. Any day now there will be complaints from end-users that the powdered horn is being ‘cut’ with aspirin or chalk; and a dawn swoop on a rhino ‘farm’ in the suburbs of Beijing.
Posted by P K Munroe at 11:54
23 Oct 2013
8 Oct 2013
"Do you know Fred?" "Why not connect with Jim?" "You may know Bill..." These are just a few of the frequent, matchmaking-type pleas I get from Linked In. Stop trying to set me up with everyone, for Pete's sake!
2. It's creepy.
"Do you know who viewed your profile?" Well, that's sort of interesting - but hang on, it means that anyone I visit knows I've been taking a look at their page. Which means, dear Linked In, that I now actively avoid visiting other people's profiles.
3. It's clingy.
Like a movie psychopath, Linked In doesn't want you to leave. Try using the Back button to go back to the website you were on before you came there, and you'll see what I mean. Let go, Linked In!
4. It's trashy.
Every time I visit Linked In, it's promoting some piece of tabloid fluff - 10 ways to tell if your boss is an idiot, 6 things you should never throw at work, what 90% of people don't know about wombats - which I am idiotically drawn to, but wish I hadn't botherered.
5. It's pesky.
Linked In likes nothing better than finding new reasons to email me. First it was updates ('Jim's got a new job!'), then it was emails suggesting that some improbable company, most likely in Ratville, Ohio was looking for someone like me. Leave off already!
Posted by P K Munroe at 23:01
5 Jul 2013
Time for anti-social media.
I see Twatter, where we upload our least-favourite celebrities and give them a Twatting. And there's a Hate All button to save time.
I want to get an email at 11.30pm from Drinked-In saying "Fred Smith hates you. Why not hate him back?" With some new suggestions: People who hate Fred Smith also hate...
Meanwhile on ArseBook we'll be telling each other where to shove it. And on Hate-mail too.
And everywhere, next to the Like button will be an Arse button to show our displeasure:
And t-shirts in the same vein:
Join me in the new world of Web 3.0 - where we tell it like it is!
Posted by P K Munroe at 23:51