Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Back in the day all English Freemen were entitled to vote. But Henry VI thought that this diluted political power to too great an extent for stability, so voting rights were restricted to freeholders of land with a worth of over 40 shillings in 1429. This system worked for over 400 years. It was cruel for many but Britain grew to dominate the world.
In 1832, things started to change. First, the 40 shilling level was reduced. Then people with liens on their land were given the green light. The Scottish electorate jumped 1300%. Further steps were taken in 1842 and 1867, and the British electorate exceeded 5 million. Then came the women.
In 1928 the electorate more than doubled to 22 million and the natural compassion of the female gender led to a much more humane society, offering social benefits to one and all. The quality of life differential between England and the third world, coupled with lax restrictions on immigration, attracted immigrants from around the world, a political power base that voted consistently for more wealth redistribution through higher taxes.
By 2007, 200,000 taxpaying British professionals were leaving each year, being replaced with 500,000 new immigrants. In 2011, the British government lost its worldwide credit rating, the social safety net collapsed, order dissolved, and a bloody wave of violence swept over Britain.
Following mass interments and deportation of Muslims and other recent immigrants not meeting work and independence requirements, the 'Henry VI Voting Rights Act of 2015' was passed by the interim military tribunal and signed into law by General Smith.
And now for something completely different: Happy New Year.
Posted by Bill at 8:26 PM