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‘Loonies’ taking over asylum? Alternative UK parties gain momentum

Published time: March 07, 2013 15:07
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The UK’s traditional three-party system seems to be fading – and non-mainstream rivals are ready to take center stage. For many, support for alternative parties is seen as a way to protest against the nation’s current political landscape.

Last week’s bi-election in Eastleigh saw 14 unconventional parties racing for the win. The UK Independence Party – a group which David Cameron once described as a “bunch of fruitcakes, loonies, and closet racists” – managed to push the Conservatives into third place.

Some say it’s a sign that voters are disillusioned and ready for change.

“People often talk of the protest vote like it’s a bad thing. Let’s face it – there’s a lot to protest about right now,” the leader of the Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, told RT.

For more on the shifting shape of British politics, watch Sara Firth’s report.

Comments (11)


Bardia K. 11.03.2013 19:19

The UK has long been considered an almost prime example of a two party system - until fairly recently, when it has become more of a two and a half party system. Whether Britain's party system will continue to evolve further remains to be seen, but starting off this article by referencing "Britain's traditional three-party system" is simply factually incorrect.

Anonymous user 07.03.2013 18:18

At least it better than Russia's two-party system, Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev.

Anonymous user 07.03.2013 17:35

"loonies taking over asylum?" The Loonies have had control of UKs Asylum for centuries now.

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