After last year’s elections in the US, the folks at Princeton came up with some splendid maps of the US, using shades of colour to represent the balance of support the two parties have – rather than a simplistic view of an America divided between red and blue, it shows the spectrum of political views within the nation.
Well, I thought that was quite nice, and mused on whether a UK equivalent was available. There wasn’t. So I made one. And I made it in Flash, so it was zoomable and interactive-ish.
It uses the data from the most recent UK general election in 2001. The map and data together are 120kB or so, so dialup users will have to drum their fingers a lot. Hovering over a constituency will show the actual count for the three big parties.
There are some FAQs and help beneath the main Flash movie. It’s a bit flawed, admittedly – it only displays the three main parties (so sorry to the nationalists). Northern Ireland is ignored, and the Lib Dems are green rather than yellow thanks to the nature of light, and I have made it slightly too big for most screens, sorry.
But..I hope it’s handy, or at least of interest, as an illustration of the state of the political climate in the country. Let me know what you think.