The media coverage surrounding the 2013 papal conclave revealed Italy held about a fifth of the votes and the US about a tenth – figures that seem somehow large relative to the global billion of Catholics. Indeed, the Catholic church has been criticised for failing to give an adequate voice to the global south, which now garners a majority of Catholics.
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What’s a vote worth?
John Gibson, 2 November 2012
Next week, America goes to the polls. Based on recent presidential elections, more than one-third of eligible voters will not cast a ballot. The figure for general elections in the UK is similar, which is actually a recovery since 2001 when just over 40% of registered voters did not vote.
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The official mantra after the No in Ireland seems to become “let us continue with the ratification process”. This is a high risk strategy since Ireland’s veto power will continue even if all other 26 ratify. The Irish electorate will know this and thus have little reason or incentive to vote differently at second referendum.
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Barack Obama attracted attention recently by describing small-town Americans who were “bitter” at economic prospects who “cling to guns or religion’’ in frustration. This statement, made during the height of the Democratic nomination battle, has received a lot of attention, but it represents a common view.
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