Leftists love Santa because they always want something without paying for it, as this poll suggests

Would Father Christmas disproportionately vote for big-state, high-tax parties because the economy in Lapland is tanking and he needs some state subsidy to keep on his elves and reindeer? This poll is telling...sort of

by the commentator on 26 December 2013 15:28

With a hat tip to Westminster's top political blog, Guido Fawkes, we now know that, secularists as many of them may be, there's a reason Leftists disproportionately love Father Christmas.

See and mull Guido's graphic. Then we'll do a quick break down:

Father Christmas vote

Well, we might be using a tad of poetic licence here. But heck, it's Christmas, so here goes. If you add up the percentages of Labour, the Greens, the Lib Dems, the neo-fascist BNP, the Scottish nationalist SNP and Welsh nationalist Plaid Cymru you get 63 percent. All of those parties are big-state outfits, in favour of raising tax and increasing social redistribution.

In other words, they're in favour of getting something without paying for it.

Now, Santa would surely argue that if you receive something you should give back in return. But that notion of obligation being the flip side of rights has never quite made it on the political left.

The non-big state, non high-tax parties, The Conservatives and UKIP got just 30 percent (there were seven percent who didn't know or wouldn't vote).

There is of course a conspiracy theory to play with here. Worried by extended austerity, many voters may believe that economic problems up in Lapland might mean Santa has to do some belt tightening, lay off a couple of elves, and sell a reindeer or two.

To stop that happening, he may well need some state subsidy just to be sure those presents get delivered. And we all know which kinds of parties Santa would need to vote for to get that.

Having said all that, we sense a political turn around, as we show in this piece on how Santa defeated political correctness in some style this Christmas. Shape of things to come?

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