At 11:09 PM 5/8/99 , mike brown wrote:
>Here are the election results for the new Welsh Assembly. Take note of the
>nationalists (Plaid Cymru) vote:
>> It means that although the Lib-Dems have the fewest number of
>> seats they could hold enormous sway.
>> Although Lib-Dem leader Mike German emerged as the kingmaker,
A novelty in FPTP Britain, not so unusual in the rest of Europe. The PDs,
junior partners in Ireland, aren't exactly the most popular of parties.
>> Plaid was the biggest winner by finally achieving its long-promised
>> breakthrough. The nationalists took 17 seats, including astonishing
>> wins in Labour heartlands. The Conservatives were third with nine
>> seats and the Lib-Dems fourth with six. No fringe party won
Technically, I'd say that having only 10% of seats makes the Lib-Dems a
How does the share of seats compare to the share of the vote BTW? The PR
system used was based on the German one IIRC, so I assume its fairly close.
Was the voting breakdown close to Lab 47% PC 28% Con 15% Lib-Dem 10%?
>> Only 25 per cent of the total electorate voted Yes in the 1997
>> referendum and they said yesterday's 46 per cent turnout
>> represented an 84 per cent rise on that. That contrasted with the 40
In Ireland, General Elections usually result in about a 70% turnout, local
& European elections get about 50%. Are the figures comparable in Wales?
>> per cent who voted Yes in the Scottish referendum; yesterday's 58
>> per cent turnout for the Edinburgh Parliament was only a 45 per
>> cent rise.
Lies & statistics. Scotlands vote increase was from a larger base too. :)
>>Leighton Andrews, of the Yes for Wales said, "It proves
>>what we all know: that Wales can't be taken for granted."
So next: What are the programmes of the various parties. I know PC are
sepratist, the others basically unionist, but where do the stand on the
issues the Assembly has the power to affect?
For example, is PC taking an "independent within Europe" similar to the
SNP, nationalist-inspired autarky, something in between? (NOt that I think
Westminster will have given the Assembly any power to affect economic
policy, but you get the idea)