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Penguin gets more votes than Lib Dem candidate

1:47 pm - 05/05/2012
THE Lib Dems were left red-faced after one of their candidates received less votes than a man dressed as a penguin.

Mike 'Professor Pongoo' Ferrigan got 444 votes in the Pentland Hills ward for City of Edinburgh Council, 74 more than Lib Dem candidate Stuart Bridges.

Lib Dem leader Jenny Dawe said: "It would have been nicer not to have been beaten by professor whatever-his-name-was but at the end of the day that wasn't on our list of likely ones we would do well on, so no surprises there."

"Pongoo" Ferrigan said he was "utterly ecstatic" to have beaten the Lib Dems in Pentland Hills.

He said: "I think they're finished. The Lib Dems should get more active in communities if they want to get more votes.

"Because of the situation, sadly, in national politics down south and Nick Clegg's compromises, they will have to look at this and learn a lesson."

The three seats in Pentland Hills were shared by Labour, SNP and Conservatives.

paulnolan 5th-May-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Summary: the Lib Dems were the third, supposedly progressive party, an also-ran until their current leader Nick Clegg managed to woo the nation into them standing a chance during the election campaign. Election night comes and there was no overall majority, so two parties had to team up to become the government in order to actually have power. It turned out the Lib Dems allied with the (right wing, anything but progressive) Tories to do this, which pissed off the people who voted for them. No good has come of it, to put it mildly. End result (as shown here) the Lib Dems have become so loathed that even the joke candidates stand more of a chance than them in some places.
zizzo_no_ai 5th-May-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
And this really sucks, because it seems like it's pretty much left us with no progressive party (whether they're only nominally progressive or not). People are saying they'll vote for Labour or Conservative "so as not to waste their vote" instead of possibly transferring to the Green party or whoever else.
octoberstarlite 6th-May-2012 09:02 am (UTC)
idk, I mean I've read that the Greens had an increase in votes. I know not enough to get them immediate results, but for long term growth maybe?
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