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True, but let's face it, when people are bothered enough, they do change their voting habits. In 1912, the Liberal Party was the most powerful political party in the country, but because the working classes felt that it did not adequately represent their interests, the trade unions banded together to create today's Labour Party. When people are really bothered, they do go out and make their voice heard in Parliament when they want sweeping change.|
As far as the lesser of two evils thing:
I'm not sure that this is in fact true. Labour's massive landslide 1997 victory was mainly as a result of a positive campaign emphasising things like the establishment of a minimum wage, rather than a great fear of the Tories. Of course, there always is a certain amount of negative campaigning when people feel that either party has been in government for too long, but better that people have the choice than no choice.
The fact that the Big Three gain an overwhelmingly large share of the vote even in council elections (which do not decide what party gets into government) does show that they command the loyalty of most voters (after all, there would be nothing to stop most people from switching to RESPECT or the BNP if that's what they wanted to do, since, as I said, council election victories have no bearing on which party achieves a majority in Parliament).
In Britain, all parties, including minor and local parties, including Sinn Fein, the DUP, the UUP, the SDLP, the Alliance Party, Plaid Cymru, the SNP, the BNP, RESPECT all get political broadcast slots on Channel 4 ahead of elections. People are aware of the other political parties, but do not always choose to vote for them (although they do in Northern Ireland, where the DUP and Sinn Fein are the largest political parties at Parliamentary elections, and in Scotland and Wales, where the Liberal Democrats have a better showing than in England itself). So the other parties are able to get their message out.
To suggest that the situation here is no different than in mainland China is absurd. It would only be the same if the KMT, DPP and the China Democracy Party were all given 15-minute slots on CCTV to try and compete with the CCP in getting their message out. Until that day arrives, there really is no comparison. We are collectively free to change our government at any election we wish; you on the other hand are not. Simple facts.
[ Last edited by irishinuk at 2007-3-10 08:50 PM ]