Saturday, 1 December 2012

Interesting stats from the recent by-elections

The success of UKIP and the failure of the Lib-Dems in the by-elections on Thursday has been done to death so I've taken a different look at it. Here's some stats from the lower end of the voting results:
Rotherham
Marlene Guest (BNP) 1,804 (8.46%, -1.96%)
Ralph Dyson (TUSC) 261 (1.22%)
Middlesbrough
Peter Foreman (BNP) 328 (1.94%, -3.90%)
John Malcolm (TUSC) 277 (1.64%)
Croydon North
Richard Edmonds (National Front) 161 (0.66%)
Ben Stevenson (Communist) 119 (0.48%, +0.17%)
Now I've picked these deliberately as, at least in terms of managing the economy, you couldn't get fag paper between them - nationalisation, protectionism, up the workers, tax the rich, tax the banks, etc. What it does show is that if you're a party with socialist/communist economic policies, then you'll get more votes if you combine it with a "wogs out" policy. Judging by the low number of votes for this lot, I'd suggest that the country wants neither.

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