Election fever

The current election is suspenseful without being especially interesting. Past ones were often more dramatic.

A Group at Sheffield University (The Social and Spatial Inequalities Group) have produced an animated map that should interest anyone with a taste for political history. It shows very clearly the voting patterns in all constituencies in elections between 1832 and 2005, Blue battles yellow throughout the nineteenth century, and the swathe of red that bursts on to the map in 1918 says more about the social effects of the Great War than many a scholarly article.

See the map here: http://sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/maps/elections/elections.htm

One Comment

  1. Posted May 5, 2010 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    On second thoughts…

    I still think this animated map is both clever and useful – but it’s belatedly struck me that it leaves out Ireland, both North and (pre-1922) South.
    Why did I not notice this when I first looked at the map? Is it because we mainlanders generally prefer to leave Ireland out of our political thoughts? Too complicated… Too divisive… Too religious…

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