5 July 2024

UK 2024 Election Results Rigged: Why Not All Votes Are Equal

In this episode, British entrepreneur Aaron Henriques dives into the recent UK election results, expressing his scepticism about the overwhelming victory of Keir Starmer’s Labour party over the Conservatives, which ended Rishi Sunak’s tenure after 14 years of Tory rule.

Aaron questions the fairness of the constituency system, emphasising how votes can vary significantly in weight across different regions. By examining areas like the Isle of Wight, Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Scotland) and Islington North, he illustrates the disparities in representation and makes a case for a more balanced voting system.

Tune in to the discussion and share your views on the UK’s current voting system.

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Opportunity Awaits podcast Episode Transcript

There's a big change in the UK today. The Tories are out after 14 years of rule. Labour have won by a humongous majority. But is it what it seems? In my view, no, I think it's rigged. And I'm going to explain to you exactly why I think it's rigged and why it's unfair for many voters out there that their votes are not counting the same as other people's. Now, before I carry on, I'm Aaron Henriques, an entrepreneur from the United Kingdom, from London specifically. I was a police officer in London for over a decade before moving into entrepreneurship. Now, if you like this type of video, if you have any comments or, you know, anything you want to come back to me on, leave it in the comments, like and subscribe and share it with someone else that you know to help this channel grow. Now, for those of you who don't know, the UK operates the constituency system. Now, with the constituency system, not all votes are equal in my view. so basically each area of the [00:01:00] UK is sort of separated and there's like 600 and something constituencies across the UK and basically how it works is that if that area wins a vote, well that area votes for their local MP, if that local MP wins, they get a seat in the Houses of Parliament. But as I've said, not all constituencies are equal. Now, at the time of recording this, the voting hasn't actually finished. There's still, I think, 91 seats to declare across the United Kingdom. and 314 seats. You had Conservatives with 5. 1 million votes and 91 seats. And there's others but I'm only going to concentrate on three. And you had the Reform Party which had 3. 1 million votes and just four seats. Now already you might be thinking, well that doesn't sound right. How is it that Labour's got [00:02:00] 314 seats with 7. 3 million votes, Conservatives have 91 seats with just 5. 1 million votes, and Reform have Just four seats with 3. 1 million votes. Now you got to think, Labour have 7. 3 million votes and 378 seats, which is four, four times the seats of the Tories and 1. 3 times the votes. So, already there's a discrepancy there as well with, between Labour and Conservative. that Labour have got four times the seats but they've only got 1. 3 times the votes. For me that should be four times the seats because they've got four times the votes. conservatives have nearly 23 times more seats than reform, but they only have 1. 6 times more votes. So that must mean that other people's votes across the UK are [00:03:00] counting more than others. So my individual vote is less or more than someone else from a different area's individual vote because we're only voting for the local MP and that local MP gets the seat in the Houses of Parliament. But that doesn't really seem fair to me. But quickly, how does this happen? The other day I was literally, I was researching, trying to find out what constituency size is because I was thinking, this doesn't seem right, it doesn't seem fair. This was after a conversation with a couple of good friends on a, on an evening having a few drinks, uh, last weekend. Uh, but basically, I had a look and so we have a look at some of the constituencies across the UK. I'm just going to look at three of them. So Isle of Wight, there's 109, 000 registered voters on the Isle of Wight, approximately around that number. They get one seat if they win. So if everyone in the Isle of Wight votes for a person to be their MP, they get one seat in [00:04:00] Houses of Parliament. Where I live at the moment in Islington North. It has approximately 66, 000 seats. This is where Jeremy Corbyn used to sort of reign over. He was running this time but as an independent. I'm not sure if he's got in or not. I'm gonna have a look at that because that would be interesting. Were they, were the people voting for Jeremy or were they voting for the Labour Party? Let's see. But anyway, where I, where I'm staying in Islington North right now. This is where I grew up. Um, it has 66, 000 voters roughly. and you get one seat. So already you can see that nearly, nearly half the population gets still that one seat in the House of Parliament. They still get that one representation in the House of Parliament despite being nearly half. Now some place in Scotland which I'm not even going to try to pronounce because Yeah, I'm going to fuck it up, basically, so, um, but anyway, they get 21, 000, they've [00:05:00] got 21, 000 voters, and they get one seat. Now, not all voters will vote, of course, but they've got around 21, 000 potential voters and they get one seat as well. So you've got somewhere with 109, 000 people, you know, British citizens, who may vote, and if all of them voted They only get one person representing them. Whereas you get someone with 21, 000 voters, they also get one representation. Now, to me, that doesn't seem right. Because actually, going by that, the person with, you know, the place with 109, 000 voters should have five seats, versus that one that has 21, 000. Now, that's why I'm saying I don't think votes are equal. Now at the time of recording this, it's still very early. It's still before 7am in the UK. There's still 91 seats to be declared across the UK. But I really think this is something that the UK really need to look at and people [00:06:00] really need to understand. I think people don't understand it because I had someone who's very intelligent yesterday speaking the phone about this exact thing. And The way she was talking is that she didn't actually realize that her vote wasn't equal to mine or whoever else's. Her thought was that the majority, like the party that gets in, actually have the physical majority of votes. As in, you know, they've got more votes than anyone else across the UK. Not more constituencies, more actual human beings that are voted for them. Now, that doesn't change anything for this result. You know, Labour have won in seats and they've also won in the number of votes, but it looks like it, you know, there could be potential where you could have a position where someone has actually got more seats and so they become the dominant party. But by having, not having the majority of votes, you know, there might be another party with way more [00:07:00] actual votes, but they have less seats. That doesn't sound right to me. It seems like some sort of weird. Hokey pokey fraud. In my view, Parliament is there to represent all of the people and I think we need to have a look at this constituency system. I think they should, obviously you want representation from places in the North and everywhere else across the UK, down in Parliament in London. But it shouldn't be right that someone's vote in Scotland is worth five times more than someone's vote in the UK. The Isle of Wight, which is right at the south of England for those who don't know. Um, it's a little island. It shouldn't be the case that that is that that, but that is the case in the UK system right now. One person's vote shouldn't matter more than the next person's vote, but it does right now. So anyway, well done everyone who did get out there and vote. Um, you know, it's going to be a big change. I think whatever happens, the UK screw [00:08:00] whoever got in today. Uh, the UK screwed. So, whatever. Personally, I'm in favor more of the American style system, but let me know what you think down in the comments. Do you agree with the current system in the UK? Do you think it's right that some people's votes should be worth five times more than the next person. what do you think is the way that it should go in terms of how this should change in the future? I don't think the parties, the main parties, are incentivised to change because this works very much in their favour. Someone like the Reform Party, who I didn't vote for by the way, you know, I'm talking for them because I'm talking about fairness of our voting system and the fairness of the voting system shouldn't just be about, you know, is the party that I voted for got in. That's all I care about. That shouldn't be it. It should be a representation of the people of the UK and what they want and what their wishes are and currently I don't think it is that. I don't think that the UK has the representation in Parliament today. Yes, there's 91 seats [00:09:00] left to go, but they don't have the representation in Parliament that they should have. Um, particularly those who have voted for parties like reform, smaller parties that have had a significant number of votes. very much. from the UK voting population. Um, I, I just find it wrong. I'm going to head off because I've got an important meeting to attend to. Well, it's not even a meeting. I'm going to be somewhere all day. I can't talk about this thing that I do, um, sort of for the state, but whatever. There's ways you can research it if you need to. Um, It's a nice rainy day in London. There's a couple more videos that you're going to see that were recorded from Dubai that haven't been released yet. So you're going to think what's this guy flipping between London and Dubai constantly? No, it's just cause there's a couple of recorded that I haven't actually got around to editing yet. Um, so yeah, let me know in the comments, please like and share it if you did like it, if you don't like it, fair enough, whatever. Why are you still [00:10:00] watching? Um, yeah, yeah. Until next time. Bye.

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