2010 BRITISH ELECTION IS A BAD MONTY PYTHON EPISODE
Well, all I will say is that the 2010 British election has been pathetic in more ways than one. First of all, you had these American-style televised debates which I think added little to the discussion -- I'm one of the people who thinks TV debates are overrated to begin with and that people who make voting decisions based on TV debates are really cheating themselves, and that if people at home wanted to listen to real debates they should have just tuned in to coverage of the House of Commons on TV.
Second, you had this business of people closing the polls at 10pm sharp while people were waiting in line. That is just outrageous and there is no excuse for this in a democracy. People waiting in line shouldn't be penalized because the election officials are too incompetent to move the lines fast enough. In other elections, what they do is they get as many people into the voting hall as they can at 10pm, and then they lock the doors and let everyone vote. Or if the line is still outrageously long, they get a judge to order the poll to remain open so that everyone in line can vote. But these fools in England wanted to throw common sense right out the window and deny people their fundamental democratic rights. No wonder the voter turnouts are getting to be lower and lower and lower all around the world, if this is the way voters are treated.