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?

 

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