Tuesday, May 15, 2007


The Eurovision Song Contest voting system needs to be changed because it is "harmful to the relationship between the peoples of Europe", an MP has said.

Countries voted for their neighbours rather than the best songs, Liberal Democrat MP Richard Younger-Ross said.

And the BBC should insist on voting changes or withdraw from the contest all together, he added.

Serbia won Saturday's contest, while the UK was second from bottom, only receiving votes from Ireland and Malta.

Mr Younger-Ross said the present structure was a "joke", adding that votes were based "largely on narrow nationalistic grounds".

Even a bloody singing contest goes to hell. Other than hopeless, blind optimism and a complete inability to process evidence, why does anyone think a European Union can ever work?


Chip Dale said...

And this is why I'm considering leaving the Lib Dems. They're voting to ruin every one of my pleasures...

martpol said...

..."why does anyone think a European Union can ever work?"

Maybe if everyone was allowed to join, including desperate cases like Serbia, then all would be happy, independent, enlightened and rich, and no-one would ever lodge partisan Eurovision votes again. Russia wouldn't like it, though.

robshaka said...

It makes no sense. Loads of people agree that too much beaurocracy doesn't work yet perform a kind of double think and nod their heads for the European union.