Hang’ the parliament!

Tactical voting to change the British electoral system

In view of the prospects of "hung parliament" in the final days before the British House of Commons election is the "tactical voting" to avoid a stalemate has become the talk of the town. The majority voting system in the 650 constituencies and the constellation of three competitors of relatively equal strength make it difficult for the parties to win the election "Vote swapping" Across party lines. In the 2000 U.S. presidential election, the so-called "Vote Swapping" organized via online platforms to find partners willing to cooperate – it already seems too late for this in Great Britain, but in times of real-time political communication via Twitter or Facebook many things are still possible on election day.

The possibility of "tactical voting" contrary to the actual party preference is now even propagated by some Labour politicians. For example, Education Minister Ed Balls and the Minister for Wales, Peter Hain, are hoping for an "intelligent behavior" at the ballot box and recommend their own supporters to vote for Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats – if this prevents a Conservative success in the constituency.

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Soldiers like you and me

Soldiers like you and me

Screenshot from the YouTube series "The recruits"

A week with the Federal Armed Forces web series "The recruits"

That’s it for now with the warship. "All in all it went quite well, I’m just unfit for boarding at the moment", reports Seaman Keitel contritely. Its wisdom teeth are causing it problems. Whether they will be taken will be decided in six weeks, and until then he will not be allowed to go to sea. "Bare history", sighs the young man with the red hair into the camera.

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Poland: turning away from brexit-britain?

Poland: turning away from brexit-britain?

The Polish national conservative government wants to encourage emigrants to return, while the Tories are campaigning for them to stay

How many stay, how many go? Poles, with about one million people the largest national minority in Great Britain, and their reaction to the coming Brexit is a matter of concern for both the British and Polish publics. Polish national conservative government wants them to return, Tories campaign to stay.

The conservative Polish newspaper "Rzeczpospolita" believes that there is a trend toward remigration; only 38 percent of Poles have applied for settled status "settled status" Posed – a kind of compulsory residence permit for the post-Brexit period. Of the Romanians and Bulgarians on the island, 80 percent had already made this request; the procedure must be completed by the end of 2020. The next withdrawal date is scheduled for 31. January w0rden.

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The gross flattener

Has the digital channel degenerated from an elite medium to a mere platform for cat videos?? And what is the effect of the omnipresence of the opinion bubble around content? catastrophic, according to Thomas Hettche

The flattening of content is quickly observed when it comes to digital media. And with that, the critic finds himself in good company with those who see the claim increasingly dwindling in other media as well. Der gute alte Gatekeeper kann sich zunehmend kein Gehor mehr verschaffen, um das Niveau der Inhalte im Netz auf einem Mindeststandard zu halten. Cat videos and half-baked stuff populate the servers. The content that has earned the label High Quality disappears behind the paywall.

So easy to argue and lament.

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