What does history teach us?

What does history teach us? What can we learn from history? Quite a lot actually, as this post will reveal.

At school i was never that interested in history as it was pretty dull and i didn’t see any relevance of the subject matter covered, to what we do in our modern day lives.

But now i am enlightened.

This blog post will combine how history teaches us the pattern that people use to vote both in General elections to vote for a countries Government and the voting for The Eurovision Song Contest.

You are now probably thinking “how bonkers is that?”. Well, if you can last to the very end, its not as bonkers as  you initially may be thinking.

Before the UK’s general election this year, i attended a talk on how the election may go. Whilst the polls were totally wrong, as i had explained in previous post here, there was an interesting map of Poland showing how the Polish people had voted in their 2007 election.

Below shows the colours of votes of the various political parties for the 2007 elections and superimposed is the German Empires border before 1918. Co-incidence? Some people’s political views may never change and passes from generation to generation. I think you would agree?

Poland_2007_election_results

After the UK election of this year, The Independent shows two maps, one of where the Labour had won seats and one where the coal fields used to be. Another co-incidence?

Again, does this demonstrate that hard core supporters of a political party or cause, has a deep root to the history of where the people are from and their ancestors?

Which leads me nicely on to last Saturday’s Eurovision song contest results.

The winner was Sweden with Russia second and Italy third. Whilst i can be smug and say i correctly predicted Sweden and Russia in top three, my good friend Rob Lawrence correctly predicted Sweden and Russia as first and second! The full score breakdown can be seen here and it is quite notable how some countries get very few points but get a random high score from a neighbouring country. Co-incidence, or the same principle as for political party voting and what happened in Poland 2007 above?

Bloc voting in Eurovision has been going on for many years. It got so blatant as the songs getting votes were dreadful, after 12 years Eurovision re-introduced a music panel to contribute to the final score, so diluting the public vote. Mind you, this year 2 countries ignored the panel votes which resulted in their votes being disqualified!

Until they take away the public vote, which would mean a great loss in revenue to the organisers, it will just remain a light entertainment show where we are guaranteed a Scandinavian or Eastern European winner and The Guardian will continue to incorrectly predict the winners!

One thing is for sure, some people may never change and will always vote, whether it be for political parties or Eurovision songs, based on their heritage and upbringing.

What say you?

 

60 years of boom bang a bang

If, like myself, you guessed what the topic of this blog would be based on just reading the title, then congratulations! And jubilations! I want the world to know i’m happy as can be.

You have heard of the Eurovision Song Contest. Maybe even a fan?

I have been watching this contest for many years and am a big fan. And this year is its 60th anniversary.

I started from a very young age as my parents watched every year and every year they would complain, because Italy hardly ever won it!

I call it a contest as opposed to song contest, because over the years as more countries have been allowed to enter, its more about who your allies are, as opposed to how good the song is.

Tuesday night saw the first semi-final and the political voting had started almost immediately, with some very good songs not getting through and others oh so trashy getting through based on which country they are.

Dr Eurovision on Tuesday nights semi-final, said the voting is not rigged, the people vote for it….er, no Paul. People vote politically not for the song!

There were a number of years where it became such blatant political voting, that Eurovision brought back a panel of music experts for each country to try and vote for the song, which is used alongside the voting from the public in each country.

This year, once again, it will look like UK entry will be somewhere near the bottom and looks like it could be between Sweden, Serbia or Russia.

For the 60th anniversary they have made a special invite for Australia to join in, so will be interesting to see how the voting for them will go. No doubt high, to make them feel welcome.

Being a big fan of Eurovision, a number of people i know i big fans also. No doubt my sister will be giving a running commentary of Facebook along with her scorecard.

I also received a good analysis from my friend Rob Lawrence, who has this to say:

Sweden aren’t anti-Russian but will be the poster child for those countries which are.

I am probably reading too much into it but having watched a lot of Eurovision i have come up with the following theory, especially over the last few years.

To save face none of the big western nations put in a good entry. They know they can’t win due to the eastern block so they put in complete rubbish. That way none of the other western nations will vote for them. This leaves the west to vote for either Ireland or Scandanavia.

This year with Denmark and Finland gone Sweden looks like the smart choice for the vote. As the east don’t hate them either they will pick up the odd vote from the eastern block. The eastern block will vote Russia as they done a serious entry this year when they don’t they always go for another oil rich eastern nation. This is why I think it will be Sweden first, then Russia.

In fact if you look back over the last 10 years 4 have been won by scandavia, 3 by the eastern block, 2 by countries that are middles ground (austria and greece). Only Germany bucks the trend and that is because they made an effort for the 20th anniversary of unification.

I’m sure between me, Rob and my sister we could give Dr Eurovision and any media pundit a run for their money!

Whatever the outcome of Saturdays final, don’t take it too seriously and just enjoy it for what it is. An entertainment show.

I will be cheering for Italy, as expected, but more so this year as one of the composers and writer of the song is an Esposito!

I know that i will enjoy it and hope you do too!