Realpolitik (see also Political realism; from German: real “realistic”, “practical” or “actual”; and Politik “politics”) refers to politics or diplomacy based primarily on practical considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism.
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Sunday, 24 April 2011

015- Anti-AV drivel (AV rant no.1)

The first national referendum in the United Kingdom since 1975 draws ever closer, and my worldly observations and interweb trawling is again exposing some of the most irritating regressive commentaries, surrounding the Liberal Democrat-led proposal to slightly modify the national voting system.

Make no mistake about it; as you can tell by the title of this entry, I am firmly in support of this proposed modification of our voting system. Originally, I considered voting in the negative, since the proposal- as Nick Clegg himself had put it- was a "miserable little compromise." That little detail hasn't changed. AV is still a step short of the more radical proportional voting system which the then party of opposition were heartily proposing. But when you consider the fact that this is only the second national referendum that the British have ever been offered, I refuse to pass up the opportunity to vote for change in a stagnating political system.

This is AV rant no.1 because I have been meaning to write at least one entry about the topic in the run up to the referendum. But I've come to realise that it would be best to leave room for more entries, just in case new and interesting revelations come to light.

So the first "rant"-which isn't really a rant, but rather a video upload- is a quick re-edit of a Sky News interview of Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, that unelected minister, speaking out against reforming the electoral system. Anyone else see the irony in all of this? Well, I should hope you enjoy her hideous attempt at discrediting a very important step- albeit a minor one- at reinvigorating our stagnate political system:-

The baroness delivers an inane, incoherent argument which is hellbent upon misleading the sections of the public who may not fully understand the nature of the voting system, by presenting anecdotal, simplistic and unfounded information. She struggles to come across as assured and even fails to understand a simple explanation as put forward by Boulton. I commend the video to your judgement. 

I hope her belittling of your intelligence, plus her desire to deliver you half-truths, pushes you to believe that you deserve more from your politicians, and you vote YES ON MAY 5TH. 


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