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This should be a difficult decision to come to but really it’s not.
Nick Clegg. To me this one man, although not the worst on his own necessarily, symbolises all that is wrong with politics and our political system. The Career politician. neo liberal, the sell out, the liar. The coward. The man that says one thing in order to feed his ego then his ego takes over and he does another. He had a chance, he had a choice, he could have stood up for his principles and stood up for the reasons why people voted for him and his party. At the end of the day he not along sent his party to the dustbin of history but disrespected our country, it’s people and our democracy.
Fun poll, but despite having looked at it a number of times, I can’t vote on it – I just can’t narrow the impressive list down to just 5 people. They’re (almost) all massive dicks. I’ll just be happy whoever wins, really. 🙂
> if we used pure approval voting and you voted for everyone who you thought was a dick a lot of people might just vote for (almost) every candidate. Maybe they wouldn’t but that was my worry.
There would be nothing wrong with that. Say there are 10 candidates, and I vote for one of them, and you vote for the other 9. Our votes have exactly an equal, but opposite, effect. Voting for the other 9 is mathematically equivalent to voting “against” the candidate I voted for, so our votes cancel out.
> Anyway, as Derek says, it’s just a bit of fun and voting for 5 was fairly easy I thought.
Sure. It’s just that you might go on to create some other poll or even internal election that uses the same system, so I thought it was worth pointing out.
Thanks for explaining.
I limited it to 5 choices, as if we used pure approval voting and you voted for everyone who you thought was a dick a lot of people might just vote for (almost) every candidate. Maybe they wouldn’t but that was my worry. Anyway, as Derek says, it’s just a bit of fun and voting for 5 was fairly easy I thought.
For those people who can’t vote due to the IP logging, put your votes in the comments here/email me your votes and I’ll manually add them to the system. Please don’t post your votes if you’ve used the sidebar though.
My side bar seems to be defaulting to what I voted for on all our home computers – which has meant my wife and teenaged son cannot vote (as I voted yesterday).
A bit old fashioned, this one vote per household, surely?
Ecocide and ‘acts of vandalism’ by the Establishment have been around for decades.
Just as random acts of heroism or kindness unleash others around them, so too can an act of selfishness and telling big porky pies for profit trigger off the same all around you in Westminster.
I haven’t checked the full list of nominations, but to me Lord Lawson’s shameless attempt to sow doubt about climate change reality amongst influential people so that Big Oil Blowout Bonfire Last Orders can rage on for decades after ‘Time’ gentlemen was called – is heinous crime of the century – inflicted on kids – and so merits your DoTy vote :o)
I know who I’ll be voting for but I’m wondering how Theresa May, Danny Alexander Vodafone and Philip Green managed to get away. It would have made it harder to choose just 5 with them added as well but seeing them nominated would have mademesmile. ; )
Clay, its only a bit of fun!
(Well not for Nick Clegg)
I’m a voting methods researcher in the United States, affiliated with the Center for Range Voting, and The Center for Election Science.
I don’t understand why you limit the number of votes to 5. It would be better to just use Approval Voting, so that people can vote for as many candidates as they want to. Limiting the number of votes creates an incentive to not “waste” votes on candidates who are preferred but perceived to be weak. That makes the APPEARANCE of weakness become a self-fulfilling prophecy, which is bad.
It’s even worse in real politics, where having to appear electable means being a fund-raising leader (having just enough money to convince people you’re best isn’t enough — you have to be a cash leader, so they will be convinced you can WIN).
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There is so many good choices can we use AV?
Really too many there to choose just 5, but nice to see that the top 3 are all leading members of the current government.
Tommy Sheridan really does not deserve to be listed amongst such people, though. Whatever he has or hasn’t done (& the whole case was such a joke that I’m surprised the verdict could have been anything other than “Not Proven”) he’s hardly a war criminal (Blair & any PM since), or an Eton Rifle intent on destroying the public sector/welfare state/working class living standards (Cameron, Clegg, Osborne, etc), or an open racist (Woolas). And if he’s on the list, why not half the leadership of (what’s left of) the SSP? There’s no excuse for secretly taping/faking a conversation with a friend/comrade & selling it to ‘News of the World’, or reporting someone to the police for something like perjury. If there was a genuine & serious problem with Sheridan, they should have taken it to the SSP membership, not to the scabbiest paper they could find & the polis.
“Blair’s been a lot less of a dick this year than he has been in previous ones – so it seems a bit churlish to vote for him now”
Only because he isn’t PM any more, & therefore isn’t in a position to impose the cuts & start any wars. Tony Blair is scum, now & forever. There is nothing he could possibly do that would atone for what he has done.
Really enjoying this poll guys – well done, and Happy New Year to you all!
Finally an election the LD may win!
Well done BGS team for this, a bit of new year excitement.
you left off John Gormley leader of the irish greens
That is such a strong field of candidates that I am finding it hard to choose but you left out Aaron Porter. There are more but I will be here listing them till Jan 1st 2012….
There are some truly outstanding nominations and worthy contenders for DoTy.
But I will be voting for Le Grande L’Arson-ist Lord Lawson. On the basis that the long-term legacy of his crime – intentionally misleading parliament and the people – so that the fossil-feeding frenzy can carry on for a few years and for a few dollars more – could be the biggest act of ecocidal vandalism of all time.
No, Kris, you can vote 5 times, so it’s multiple non-transferable, or approval, voting.
First Past The Post? Seriously? 😛
iPhones can choose to view the normal site, there’s an option at the bottom of the page.
With regards students, most are away from uni at the moment, but well take that under review.
The IPhone option doesn’t have a sidebar. Not that I own one, of course.
Will this mean that in universities the first student to get there is the one that votes 🙂
Yeah, to prevent people voting twice (too easily) we’re logging IP addresses rather than using cookies. Sorry.
Blair’s been a lot less of a dick this year than he has been in previous ones – so it seems a bit churlish to vote for him now imo.
My money’s on Vince Cable
btw there are two of us at this ip address and cos I voted the missus has been denied her say – cor this is like pre-suffrage days where the man votes on behalf of his household!