We tried to register The Beach Party to run in the General Election this summer, but the electoral commission said no… Because we’re too late! Even if we had enough money to register when the general election was announced, that still wouldn’t have guaranteed they’d have had enough time to process the application for a new political party to run. Jesus, how long does it take to check that no one else wants to run with the name #TheBeachParty ?
I did try to register just after I heard the news that the General Election was going to be held this summer, but I was told by the electoral commission that I couldn’t, because I didn’t have enough money… They also said that I had until the middle of May to raise enough money to register The Beach Party. Well, I have enough money now, but apparently it’s too late.
I understand why this is the case because our whole electoral system is a joke. It’s designed to effectively stop ordinary people from having a voice. The recent local elections were rigged. The system is designed to look like people have choice, but in practice it’s doing exactly the opposite. Each voter got a second choice, but if their second choice wasn’t either of the top two first choices, it didn’t count. This is fine for the top two parties, both of which represent the interests of the super rich, but the rest are fiendishly being ignored. This is scandalous! If Tory and Labour candidates come first and second, then all other second choices are disqualified.
This whole system is a smokescreen for a system which in every case will exclude any third party who would be acceptable to more of the electorate than either of the two top poling candidates.