Democracy Inaction

The southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean are aflame as the peoples of a whole series of countries demand democracy or democratic reform.  Next week, we in the (usually) more sedate UK get to play with our long standing democracy-style system of government and to vote on reform of our very own.

The AV referendum has been the only topic of conversation in the workplace, at dinner parties or down the pub for weeks now.  The tabloids and broadsheets have been covering the great AV referendum to the exclusion of almost anything else.  I think I may have caught an occasional story about two people getting married somewhere in London tomorrow – but this has been confined to the occasional short paragraph buried in the middle of the more high-brow papers.  AV memorabilia is in sale in every shop and, apparently, many have applied to hold street parties to celebrate the event – I have already seen some bunting out!

Regular readers will know of my deep theological learning – I have RS O Level, you know (and didn’t merely scrape through, either) – and so will no doubt want to know which way I am leaning.  GofaDM can exclusively reveal that the Fish will be voting Yes to AV: you really can’t beat the King James version.  I was at school in the 1970s and was exposed to the modernising horrors of the Good News Bible, a text utterly lacking in majesty or soul – who in their right mind would ever mine that 70s monstrosity for a telling quotation? (It is very much the flared trousers and terylene tank-top of biblical fashion for my money.)   While I’m sure the Vulgate is very good, I’m afraid my Latin really isn’t able to do it justice (you’re disappointed in me I know, all I can say is that it’s on my “to do”list). So, it is the Authorised Version for me every time.

Sadly, I shall be on my way to Finland on polling day – so I will miss out on the party atmosphere that will engulf this sceptred isle, but don’t worry I will be putting in my vote for the good old King James version before I leave.


5 thoughts on “Democracy Inaction

  1. matathew says:

    Yes, I have also come down in favour of AV, both as a voting system and a literary work. But I will have to leave the YES vote in your capable hands, as I will be en route to Dubrovnik (or more accurately, Gatwick Airport) when the polls open at 7am. Unfortunately I booked the trip after the deadline for applying for a postal vote and one day before the deadline for the return of proxy voting application forms (but didn’t realise in time). Bah! My efforts to make amends by trying to persuade someone who was going to vote NO to stay at home or vote YES instead have so far come to nought.

  2. matathew says:

    Further comment: you are right about the referendum apparently being a generally unmentionable (or unmentioned) subject, other than a few press stories about it causing rifts in the coalition. But this ought to make my goal of finding someone who was blissfully unaware of the referendum taking place and persuading him or her to go out and vote YES that much easier …

  3. Stuart Ffoulkes says:

    To be perfectly honest, the whole reason for this post was to remark on the sudden surge in voting on posts in this blog (one post has reached the dizzy heights of 4 votes) – and to mockingly link this to excitement about AV (which may struggle to reach 4 votes!). However, I digressed so far down the Biblical road and into heavy-handed irony about media priorities that even I forgot where I was going.

    Very much hoist by my own petard!

    • matathew says:

      Ah well, in that case I for one certainly missed the (non-existent?) clues to it being about blog voting. That particular conceptual lamb strayed from the good shepherd of juxtaposition. But I need to confess that last week whilst “proving” to Jenny that it was impossible to vote twice I did accidentally vote twice which brought the total votes at the time to 3!!

  4. Stuart Ffoulkes says:

    You are quite correct that there were no clues at all as to the original purpose of the post, it was totally subsumed by the ephemera that I allowed to accrete around it.

    Given your experience while exercising your WordPress franchise, I won’t test a theory of my own… When viewing this blog, and even when WordPress “knows” that it’s me, I am offered the opportunity to vote on my own posts. I have avoided proving that it will discount my votes, as I fear that it might not – and it strikes me as very poor form (or a sign of desperation) to start rating my own offerings (though I must admit that I do sometimes re-read old posts, and still find them funny).

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