Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker
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Scotland, where people work together.

One of the things that's really annoyed me about the coalition government of the UK are the calls of traitor, the disgust that people from party A would ever work with people from party B. Which I could understand if Britain had any major parties that were extreme left or right wing. But as we're electing neither the Socialist Worker Party, nor the National Front, I find the levels of tribalism both baffling and highly offputting.

I am therefore relieved to find myself living in Scotland, where different parties work together to try and make things work. Sure, each party has their own view - and they'll be trying to get their own policies through. But they realise that they have to compromise, and sometimes that means working with people with differing opinions to your own in order to get things done.

Looking at the results of the Scottish council elections I see that we have councils made up of:
Labour
SNP
Lab/Con
Con/Lib-Dem
Lab/Lib-Dem/Con
Lab/SNP
Lab/Lib-Dem/SNP
SNP/Lib-Dem
Plus various variants involving independents,
So that's pretty much everyone working with everyone else (except for SNP/Con). Looking at how negotiations have gone, it seems that sometimes all the Unionist parties ganged up to keep the eeevil Splitting party out, and sometimes all of the Lovely parties ganged up to keep the eeeevil Conservative party out. And that the way it went varied depending on actual local politics, and the history of that particular council. Which frankly is how it should be.

I'd love to see STV implemented for councils in the rest of the UK. If nothing else, it would get people used to the idea that people can work with each other across the political spectrum.



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