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Monday, 23 April 2012

Out with the old...

Boris will be Mayor of London
The Telegraph reports
"The Conservatives are reeling from a series of political setbacks, many of which have their origins in last month’s controversial Budget, while their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, are expected once again to pay a high price for coalition unpopularity. 
Labour should be taking full advantage of the Government’s mid-term blues, but despite healthy opinion poll leads, Ken Livingstone looks set to lose to Boris Johnston in London’s mayoral poll - while the party is also under threat from the Scottish nationalists north of the border. 
As well as two other mayoral votes (in Liverpool and Salford), 10 cities will be staging referendums on whether to have mayors. Some 5,000 council seats in 180 councils will also be up for grabs on 3 May."
Recent elections around the world have shown that there is a deep dissatisfaction with the established parties.

In the United States Business Insider Reports that the Republican party is being 'taken over' by a younger generation who are committed to Libertarianism.

In the recent French Elections the Front Nationale finished a strong third with around 20% of the vote and extreme left winger Melenchon achieving over 10% of the vote.

The Dutch government resigned today over austerity talks and in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Ireland there is practically rebellion. It cannot be long until Germany picks up the Euro football and walks off the field leaving France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece and Ireland to enjoy the consequences of their profligate government spending and social welfare programs.

This is the legacy that seventy years of 'cradle to grave' welfarism has left to Europe, a generation of individuals who feel entitled to live off the state and an aging population who are expecting the younger generation to support them. Meanwhile the government is slowly eroding the value of pensions, benefits and wages by ignoring the blossoming inflationary pressures on the costs of basic necessities.

The problem for the UK is that there is no alternative to the three main parties, and everyone is reminded of that continuously, my prediction is for low turnouts but I hope to see a move towards the Libertarian UKIP and the Green parties.

We in Jersey know that when there is nothing to vote for, people don't vote.