Watching the UK election in Vietnam

9 May

We made sure to book a room that had a subscription to the BBC. Unfortunately the time difference between the UK and Vietnam, and the wildly unpredictable nature of the results, meant that we had to check out and tune out way before we had a good idea of the election results. After just having the chance to catch up (I prefer the Guardian’s analysis) I am barracking for a Labor-Lib Deb Government. Surely a Lib-Dem / Conservative coalition would destroy the future of Nick Clegg’s Party.


A few thoughts on the election;

Overseas voters:

We met a lot of British people on holiday or working in Vietnam who did not vote in the election. Many were simply not interested in the election or matters of Government in general. They perceived politicians as generally corrupt and little to distinguish the Government from the opposition.

However some Britons we encountered wanted to vote but couldn’t. Registering as an overseas voter is almost impossible for travelers without a permanent overseas address. This means that a lot of young people including gap year students, a huge cohort of would-be first time voters, missed out on casting a ballot. I haven’t looked at demographic analysis of the election though I assume that this cohort would be more likely to support Labor or the Lib Dems (are you reading my blog Zac or Ben?). I would suggest that Britain adopt the Australian system of permitting citizens to vote in Australian embassies if required, ensuring a more accessible ballot.

Preferential Voting

The first-past-the-post system is undemocratic. It was very sad watching seats go Conservative when the majority of voters supported Labor and the Lib-Dems (combined of course). Electoral reform is long overdue.

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2 Responses to “Watching the UK election in Vietnam”

  1. Kim Flannery May 10, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Kristie,
    I am having trouble following this election. They seem to be having a three way tussle on who will lead, post election, with no clear winner. It seems very bizarre and not a good result for anyone.
    Love Mum

  2. Russell Dean June 15, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Lib Dem, ConDem – what’s the difference really? Good to see Australian Labor going back to some old style policy making with the mining super-tax.

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