When democracy clutches at straws

What do you in a local council election in a given ward, when the two leading candidates get exactly the same number of votes, repeatedly after several recounts. They draw straws. See the video here.

What do you in a local council election in a given ward, when the two leading candidates get exactly the same number of votes, repeatedly after several recounts? Draw straws. (Or cable ties).

This is what happened in the Ramsbottom ward in Bury. The council hung on a knife-edge, but due to her superior straw-drawing prowess, Labour candidate Joanne Columbine, won the election and the council for Ed Miliband’s party.

See the video below:

We can assure the NO2AV campaign that spending on the straws did not have to be taken out of the baby incubator budget.

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9 Responses to “When democracy clutches at straws”

  1. Daniel Elton

    RT @leftfootfwd: When democracy clutches at straws : http://bit.ly/lqebX6 writes @DanielElton

  2. Lizzy

    RT @leftfootfwd: When democracy clutches at straws : http://bit.ly/lqebX6 writes @DanielElton

  3. David Bartram

    When an electoral system is drawing straws to choose politicians, one wonders how many claim there's nothing with it. http://bit.ly/kE9084

  4. Shamik Das

    Brilliant video! RT @leftfootfwd: When democracy clutches at straws: http://bit.ly/lqebX6 by @DanielElton

  5. Mr. Sensible

    What baby incubator budget, given what the Tories are doing to the NHS…

  6. Daniel Elton

    @mattyglesias think you'll like this: http://bit.ly/lqebX6 video of settling local election by drawing straws in UK

  7. greg

    Why do posts on Guido site bragg about paying money to Guido/Cole if they get certain stories posted on BBC online web site

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