Anyway; I got to vote four votes for the price of one; we were voting for the Welsh Assembly and the Police and Crime Commissioner. The former is a bit of a strange procedure; the Welsh somehow manage to AND have an assembly member representing every constituency, AND proportional representation. They do that by giving you two votes; one for your constituency and one for the whole region (North Wales in my case). I'm not sure how they do it but with these two votes they seem to be able to get the best of both systems. One day I should figure out how, and if it indeed is properly proportional!
The Welsh Assembly building. Pic by Man vyi
The other two votes were for the PCC: you could give your first and second preference. Four crosses! Very satisfying. But even though I voted in quadruplicate for North Welsh matters, my thoughts lingered in London; there, the mayoral elections were between what seemed to be a thoroughly decent chap and an overpriviliged toff who had opened all registers of racism, prejudice, and fear-mongering in order to win. That just seemed more black and white than the Assembly, which would undoubtedly be filled with quite some Labour and Plaid, not too different from the last time.
And it happened thus: Anglesey is still in the hands of Plaid Cymru for the Assembly, while Labour still is the biggest party overall. A bit disconcerting were the seven UKIP seats. The new PCC is again a Plaid Cymu man. But the more exciting outcome: Sadiq Khan won the London mayoral election! Yay!