We've all had our say - but some of us could only whisper.
Byline: Tom Evans MY SHOUT SETTING THE WORLD TO RIGHTS, ONE DAY AT A TIME
TIME plods on, at one hour per hour, in a forward direction. And, owing to the ECHO's shameful refusal to invest in the technology required to change this, my column for today has to be written before I know the General Election result.
However, I fear I do know the General Election result, so I'll proceed on that basis. Let's face it, anything other than a Tory win and I'll be skateboarding down Dale Street wearing nothing but a Jeremy Corbyn mask by the time you read this, so being wrong will be the least of my troubles.
Regardless of the result, though, things have to change in our electoral system.
Voters in the majority of Merseyside have basically had no voice; conversely, voters in parts of Wirral and Southport - along with Chester and other fringe areas of the ECHO's patch - have had way too much of a voice.
Whatever your political stance, it's hard to argue that it's fair for the fate of the nation to hinge on the votes of a small proportion of the population, in a handful of marginal seats.
A Conservative in Walton or a Socialist in Maidenhead may as well not exist, to any of the parties - the holder knows they don't have to try, while the rest know there's no point in trying.
It's particularly pronounced around here.
Going on 2015 figures (because time goes forwards, see above), seven of the 11 safest Labour seats in the country are on Merseyside - the five Liverpool seats, plus Bootle and Knowsley. St Helens, Halton, Birkenhead and Wallasey aren't (weren't) far behind.
At the other extreme, Labour won Chester two years ago by 93 votes and Wirral West by 417. The Lib Dems won Southport by 1,322. All these seats were expected to have gone blue by now - whether they have or not, voters there have had a disproportionate impact on the election.
I don't know what the solution is, but the current system is broken for the majority of the population. No wonder turnout is such an issue.
We had the chance to at least try something different with the Lib Dems' Alternative Vote referendum in 2011, but we rejected it.
Now any change will have to come from politicians elected under the current system - in this effective two-party state, after an election campaign that was Presidential in character on both sides, it's hard to see that happening.
Still, the sun always rises; there's always hope.
Change sometimes comes when you least expect it - for all I know, maybe it already has.
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jun 9, 2017|
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