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brianvds (May 10, 2019, 08:00:22 AM):
This report:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-10-sas-biggest-electoral-losers-say-goodbye-to-the-minnows-outsiders-underdogs-and-chancers/

is almost gleeful about how badly the "extremist" parties lost. Well, some of them are extremist. The Purple Cow did not strike me as extremist at all. And real extremist parties like the EFF and the Freedom Front both did significantly better this election than they did last time, which I would consider somewhat worrying news; fortunately, while both did better, they did not do spectacularly better because both started from a low base.
BoogieMonster (May 10, 2019, 08:26:56 AM):
The BLF, however, will not be missed.
Tweefo (May 10, 2019, 09:40:23 AM):
This report:

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-05-10-sas-biggest-electoral-losers-say-goodbye-to-the-minnows-outsiders-underdogs-and-chancers/

is almost gleeful about how badly the "extremist" parties lost. Well, some of them are extremist. The Purple Cow did not strike me as extremist at all. And real extremist parties like the EFF and the Freedom Front both did significantly better this election than they did last time, which I would consider somewhat worrying news; fortunately, while both did better, they did not do spectacularly better because both started from a low base.
Bet you, that communist son of mine (again, where did I go wrong?) would like to have a word with you about the capitalist's not being extremist. But I agree with you the FF+ and the EFF. We really don't need shit like that. I voted DA, but it was more a vote for the opposition than for the DA specifically.
Mefiante (May 10, 2019, 11:44:13 AM):
And real extremist parties like the EFF and the Freedom Front both did significantly better this election than they did last time, which I would consider somewhat worrying news; …
But I agree with you the FF+ and the EFF. We really don't need shit like that.
I’m not so sure about that. An argument could be made that the growth seen in both the EFF and the FF+ serves as a buffer that absorbs many of the more radical and conservative elements of the ANC and DA, respectively. That is, the growth of those two parties has an important potential positive effect in that it will serve to consolidate the more moderate elements in both the ANC and DA, so that the two will be able to get on with the business of governance with less internal friction.

Whichever way it ultimately pans out, parliament will be an interesting thing to watch over the next few months.

Overall, the election results so far paint a depressing picture: As a whole, SA’s voters are mostly content to perpetuate the past decade of governance, with only a fairly small fraction voting for something different.

'Luthon64
BoogieMonster (May 10, 2019, 12:20:59 PM):
ANC (Numbers rounded because why not)

2004: 70%
2009: 66%
2014: 62%
2019: 57% (Provisional)

Quote from: Mefiante
SA’s voters are mostly content to perpetuate the past decade of governance, with only a fairly small fraction voting for something different

Welcome back. :)

I think the above shows that, over time, every little bit helps. Let's applaud the trend.

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