Today, Britain is holding a General Election, in which everyone over the age of 18 who is a British citizen, and not in jail, can vote for a local MP. There are 650 constituencies across the United Kingdom, and whichever party can form a majority of MPs gets to form the government. If no one has a majority, deals must be done. The Conservative Party is expected to win, but maybe only in a deal with the DUP again. Sinn Fein elected MPS won't take their seats. But it is possible, Labout might be able to make a coalition with the SNP and the Liberal Democrats to create a coalition that will pause Brexit. It's all about the maths. Polls close in around 6 hours, and then the counting begins. Nothing electronic here, all paper and pen…
Here's what some comic book people have been saying on social media…
Uber is offering free rides to polling stations for disabled people and the elderly on election day | https://t.co/mED6NwfHHz
— Dr. Alex Paknadel, no really I have a certificate (@AlexPaknadel) December 12, 2019
"Vote? I did it thirty-five minutes ago." (Actually, a couple of weeks ago, by post) You still have about eight hours. Tick tock.
— Dave Gibbons (@davegibbons90) December 12, 2019
— 2000 AD Comics (@2000AD) December 12, 2019
Great @PrivateEyeNews cover by the brilliant Cluff sums up the election. Vote with your feet (though that didn't work for Michael Foot) and go out and buy #PrivateEye to guarantee a more cheerful Friday 13th. https://t.co/vatbXxxr4T
— Nick Newman (@Ncknwmn) December 12, 2019
If you ever question the value of your vote, look how close the result was in my parents' borough in the 2017 election pic.twitter.com/gZmVLjHI6x
— Rachael Stott (@RachaelAtWork) December 12, 2019
Personal note: I would be effervescing far more enthusiastically about Aphra, Hellblazer, Alienated etc if the baby hadn't been frighteningly ill for the past three days. No energy left. Talk amongst yourselves. Vote right, you cowards.
— Simon "Si Spurrier" Spurrier (@sispurrier) December 11, 2019
And even from the admin of Comic Books For Sale UK that made the BC headlines last night…
A little note from admin – no matter what you think, no matter who you back, please, PLEASE go and vote tomorrow.
Even if all you do is spoil your ballot, go and be counted. The biggest issue this country faces is voter apathy.
Please make your voice heard.
With maybe a little nudge in a direction or two from some…
So the fact is UK friends, tomorrow when you go to the poles, and if you love comics, maybe vote for the party who didn't get you in the position you're in by lying their pants off and hopefully we'll all get through this together, strong and stable like.
— Big Bang Comics (@TheBigBang_) December 11, 2019
— Sarah O'Connell (@SarahO_Connell) December 12, 2019
I am so scared about today's election in the UK. Vote wisely, British folk.
— Graeme (@graemem) December 12, 2019
Mark Millar went out on the streets campaigning for Labour…
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) 12 December 2019
Glasgow North! Coatbridge! West Suffolk followers! Vote for your excellent Labour candidates @GlasgowPam @HughGaffneyCCB and my sister-in-law @Labourclaire & win the radical Labour government we all deserve! pic.twitter.com/10rHLF50ME
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) 12 December 2019
A bit of Doctor Who…
— Pearl Mackie (@Pearlie_mack) December 12, 2019
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!
VOTE having looked at the last few years and knowing what Brexit will look like if achieved.
VOTE tactically if you need to: https://t.co/VNBKRcu81G
— Billie Piper (@billiepiper) December 12, 2019
Criticism all round…
— C H R I S B A K E R 🏴☠️ (@chris4evil) December 12, 2019
— RUFUS DAYGLO (@RUFUS_DAYGLO) December 11, 2019
Also, for the first time ever, bumped into a canvasser (she was lost and I was trying to help) and she said the overwhelming message she was getting was 'Corbyn's crap, voting Labour anyway.'
— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) December 12, 2019
And some post-match analysis already
Okay. Serious question. And it's hypothetical, so don't kick off. In an outcome where Labour don't win, do you think that Corbyn would step down, or do you think he would he stay on for another election, knowing that this time it's likely to be 5 years?
— Tony Lee (@mrtonylee) December 12, 2019
The Tory party has collapsed into an absolute moral black hole, at every level. One of the worst thing about watching old documentaries about the 80s was being struck by how the politicians I despised at least believed in something. The Tory party at the moment doesn't. I believe the people funding it believe in things (mostly profit) but I don't believe the politicians do.
I don't believe Johnson believes in anything other than he should be Prime Minister. I believe the only actions he will take will be to maintain that position. That's all he's done.
That he's a liar seems a small thing, and to list the compounded deceit would turn this small newsletter into a huge one. I cannot believe some of the things which have been just accepted. The Conservative Party are the party of the status quo, and he's been found in court to have deceived the fucking queen. He does that to the queen, what the fuck do you think he's going to do with five more years?
I'm unsure he will get Brexit done. He will certainly get you done.
To return to the thesis: the election is important as I'm unsure that any future government will be able to change how democracy works? When all the present conservative tactics are to abuse this system, why would they do any of the necessary work? Johnson will only be in power because of the current system.
There's other reasons to run away from them and do anything to stop them having another years to erode this country's existence. If you want, you could question whether 130,000 people dead from austerity if you want, but whatever figure you end up on, it is still a figure. Do not vote for more corpses. Do not vote for tax-paying people who've lived here for years being made afraid of treating a country like their home. Do not vote for a country that is visibly more cruel on every street corner.
Of course, purely negative campaigning is not great. I am aware I am likely preaching to the choir. It's not enough to simply hate the Tories… but it's not a bad start, right?
I'll be staying up through the night as the results come in. And writing what goes down on Bleeding Cool…