Was going to write about last few days, but have had brain melted by being shown by #chiark that more people watched Dr Who on Saturday night than voted for the Conservatives. A few more back of an envelope calculations led us to conclude that more people watched Dr Who than voted Labour. This is either very sad, or puts the whole thing into perspective, or gives us a vision of a world united. Err, by darleks
Wednesday was a very tightly timetables day of trying to buy a wedding dress. We went to Cambridge, the Oxford Street Debenhams, and then finally to a shop near Sam, in Sydenham. Found the most wonderful dress, which I won't write about here in case M reads this. There's *lots* of it though, and at some point I'll get pictures and show you all. Not sure how we'll ever get it back from South East London to Cambridge though.
Then went to Dojos for dinner. Was a little worried about this, as mum is supposed to be on a plain diet and had never used chopsticks, but it seemed to go ok. Went to see Jesus Christ Superstar, which was not at all what I expected (although very good) What was he trying to say in that musical? It seemed far angrier and less reverant than I'd been expecting... is he some sort of hard core atheist, or a devout christian trying to shed light on the things he finds challenging? Wish M wouldn't drool over the boys in towels quite so obviously when I take him out with my mother ;-) Delivered my last few focusses at midnight.
Then Thursday. Mum left, voted, had unproductive day at work. Saw pavanne for the first time in aaaaaages (too much arguing with #assassins had left me in need of tea) and went to the carlton, but lnr and ewxs election party looked like it was going to end up rather loud, and in the knowledge that I had an 8am supervisor meeting I went home to go to bed. But stayed up clicking refresh on the BBC website until 4.30 instead.
Made the supervisor meeting at 8, have no idea if I was coherant, then dashed off to the county count at Comberton at 9.30. We suffered the price of "good second party in a first past the post system", with a typical vote being 1800 to the tories 2000. So we lost nearly everywhere. Ah well, the Lib Dem guy for Bar Hill was in Ireland anyway. I don't know why. Wonder if he'll stand again or if they'll look for someone more local?
Met up with vets for champagne and lunch. Tried to work, but failed dismally. Am now hoping to get some sleep before this evening and the weekends socialising, as there's no point staring blankly at something that makes no sense all afternoon. Oops, that's my job.
Lots to say, although can't quite remember it all clearly now. Very hyper last night. Hope I wasn't too screaming off the ceiling on #election (I remember going on about "In Monmouth are Good Men Porn" when Monmouth declaired), but given that things went about as well as could be realistically hoped I thought a little enthusiam was needed to counter the pessimism. I didn't mean to stay up as late as I did. CUR1350 were great, M even played songs that I like for once. So so many early Labour seats that I never had to get my hopes up too high and see them dashed, but at each one a big swing towards the way, truth and light *ahem* lib dems. And that was pretty much the story. More people have voted for us, and in the first past the post system it has made a small difference. We won seats. It was exciting. I hit refresh too many times, and tried to get results before #election did. Crashed at 4, woke at 6.15.
Well, we don't have a lib dem government. But we've had a swing towards us almost everywhere, (even in South Cambs we got more votes than last time. That was me, that was) and have over 60 seats!!! Labour have lost their huge and dangerous majority. Yes, the evil-tories have gained some seats (even off us) but this isn't a bad thing completely - they've reduced labours huge majority, and arn't in power, and may help in the fight for civil liberties and no fees. Well, they *might*.
And we won Cambridge! And I feel good that even my little bit must have helped, and so proud of my LJ friends who put so much time into it. So glad to be free of years of Anne Campbells lies. And optimistic that we have an MP the university can be proud of. Well, I hope so. Time will tell.
The count was odd. How hard can it be to put a cross in a box? We had ticks, crosses in brackets, rings round the number, and spoiled ballot papers. Although I'm not sure if the person who just wrote "NO" in the tory box had thought about it and decided NO to everyone, especially the tories, or just not thought about it. Ah, imagine if you could either vote no or yes, and added up the yesses and subtracted the nos... So many amusing ways you could change the system. Lots of "non of the above"s, and at least 4 votes with scrawled complaints about the traffic calming all over them. I know how they feel. Although the tory woman next to me insisted that the county council weren't anything to do with the traffic calming in Girton, and it was a national thing. Which struck me as odd.
So where does it go now? I'm a bit worried that it'll be nowhere. After all, with a smaller majority Labour arn't going to be going anywhere as evil as fast. Which is a Good Thing for the country, but it does mean that 5 years down the line Iraq will be a memory, the country will be Just Fine, and people won't feel the burning need to rebel to the Lib Dems any more. We'll see...