I'm deeply hacked off with UK politics, in fact I'm f**king pissed off.

On Tuesday night there was a critical ID card vote before the bill goes off to the House of Lords. It seems to have been a fairly free vote with no major whip activity. There were a number of Labour rebels and with the Tories and Lib-Dems voting solidly against, the government majority was reduced to 25. But and it's a huge But, 41 Tories didn't vote including all the leadership candidates. They had an opportunity to inflict a major, embarrassing and humiliating defeat on the government and they blew it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? The opposition is unbelievably ineffective and they keep on being ineffective. I've no doubt that the major reason they didn't bother to vote is that they are so wrapped up and self absorbed in imploding around their leadership race. Well, hello, guys. Wake up. The business of politics has to continue even if you're distracted by what Cameron did 20 years ago.

Parliamentary democracy is fairly flawed but it's the best system we've got. But when you voted for an elected politician and they then don't bother to exercise *their* vote, what's the f*cking point? Which made the article next to the report in The Times particularly apt. "Britain is witnessing the emergence of 'Generation No-X' - Young people who never acquire the habit of voting."

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