@David_Cameron when considering Union reform, consider your vote %’s

I looked up some voting figures at General elections, prompted by Brian Reade’s take on Boris Johnson’s attack on Bob Crow (http://www.mirror.co.uk/authors/brian-reade/#ixzz2sp6skavc )  and the subsequent Tory kerfuffle about “Union Reform” and sent this off to the Daily Express:

Voter turnout at General Elections has been typically between 70% and 80%, except for the last decade, when, for three G.E.’s, it was below 70% (http://www.ukpolitical.info/Turnout45.htm).

In fact the fall in electoral turnout seems to have coincided with the emergence of Tony Blair and Labour’s attempt to woo Traditional Tory voter.

The percentage of those votes held by the ruling party has been between 40% and 50% in all post-war G.E.’s ( http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/percentvote.htm),

with figures of 36% for Tory, 29% for Labour and 23% for LibDem in the last General election.

Combining these results, we see that The Conservatives were given support by 23.5% of those eligible to vote.

For the previous General Election (Labour Government), this was only 21.6%.

 Just as Trade Unionism has changed in the past few decades, so has the right of Politicians to claim to represent us.

I hope these sort of figures are kept in mind, when they are deciding on Union voting reforms.

Then just as a matter of interest, I shoved some on a spreadsheet:

Year 1974 1979 1983 1987 1992 1997 1991 1995 2010
poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted poll voted
Cons% 36 26 44 33 42 31 42 32 42 33 31 22 32 19 32 20 36 23
Lab% 39 29 37 28 28 20 31 23 34 27 43 31 41 24 35 22 29 19
Lib% 18 13 14 11 25 18 23 17 18 14 17 12 18 11 22 14 23 15
Other% 7 5 5 4 5 3 4 3 6 5 9 7 9 6 10 6 12 8
t/o % 73 76 73 75 78 71 59 61 65

The highest percentage of votes cast FOR a party was 33%  (for Tories) in 1979 and 1992 and, since the attack on Iraq (1991), no party has been supported by more than a quarter of the Electorate.

Bearing such figures in mind, it would be well for politicians to think carefully before screaming about Union votes for strikes, only being 30% of those entitled to vote.

If MP’s can ignore those who choose not to vote, then Unions should be similarly entitled.

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