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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk






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Goldfish AV and Amnesia

4 May 2011

Colin Firth has complained that the name, “Colin,” is the kind of name you now give a pet gold fish.


I am happy to pass this on to all other Colins, that I had assumed would see the logic and the fairness of the “Yes” AV campaign. I have conducted a survey and I note that most, if not all Colins, tend to think otherwise. It may be that Colins are inclined to vote “No” to AV, due to this mysterious affinity with gold fish, and like all gold fish, they may have already forgotten the extremely ugly characteristics of the “No” campaign: the lying and the misrepresentation.


No Liberal Democrat has ever coveted power in Westminster. That would be unthinkable, even given the accident of the result of the 2010 Election that gave Britain the first coalition that I have known.


I have learnt that after a lifetime of voting Liberal and then Liberal Democrat, that you only do so out of conviction. Having voted dutifully at every election I have never enjoyed or even expected to be, as a consequence, represented in parliament by someone I actually voted for. That has never happened. However, by default I am therefore proud to say that I am not responsible for anything that has gone wrong during my lifetime; the poll tax, the war in Iraq, the banking crisis: I plead not guilty on all counts.


The AV debate is about power and influence, and all gold fish know this but then forget inexplicably.


If you vote Yes to AV you will finally make me personally responsible for what goes wrong, if it could only possibly get any worse. Conversely if you vote “No”, you will be held responsible for ever because the country will continue to be run by minorities who do not represent the will of the electorate, and that would be you and me.


Unlike goldfish named Colin, you will not be able to forget, because everyone that voted “Yes” will not stop blaming those that voted “No”..


Make me responsible for everything, and make your MP work harder for your vote. Vote “Yes” to AV. 




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17 March 2015




The electorate spoke in 2011 against Proportional Representation in the vote on AV.


David Cameron got his way in favour of the current first-past-the-post system and that does mean that any vote for a minority party continues to be a futile vote, and that is of course why Dave and others were so enamoured with the status quo. 


However Dave's logic would not be realised if minority parties get ahead of themselves, and are made popular by disenchantment with Dave and his austerity ways, and his unfulfilled promises, and his naughty Tory ways of making the poor poorer and the already rich, much better off.


So we now have the bizarre spectacle of both major parties playing the same game of negative political speculation of what might happen if the electorate were foolish enough to actuality vote for the party they favour and decline to vote for the party they do favour.


And they claimed that AV was too complicated for the British electorate to understand.


The electorate are to blame for this debacle for failing to endorse AV when they had that chance to make every vote count. 


Somewhat bizzarly this page from 2011 continues to be a popular read on shoestringline which tells me that there are people out there interested in this subject, or goldfish, or both, and that is so far beyond my expectations.