Boris Johnson won a decisive victory in yesterday's British elections. The Tories marched to a massive majority leaving the opposition Labour and every other party a smoking hole in the ground.
First Past the Post triumphed again.
BoJo won a powerful majority in the House of Commons - on a minority of votes cast. A majority of Britons (I'm going to miss that word) supported parties that backed a second referendum. The will of the British people was to stay in the European Union but FPTP put paid to that democratic expression.
As Irish Times celebrated columnist, Fintan O'Toole, put it this morning:
A line from the old gambler’s lament takes a whole new twist: “Wherever I roll the dice/ The blues run the game.”Who needs the "consent of the governed" when you can rely on vote-rigging First Past the Post?
p.s. I'm back, for now. My computer, like the newly elected prime minister of Britain, remains deeply unstable.