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I don't need to do anymore explaining here.
because i don't think we have elections.
Plus I don;t think I'm on the electorol list at the moment!
*bows head in shame at the laziness of this*
but if as I expect all candidates are Tory, I shall be spoiling my paper with a small essay
but I don't know anything about the local candidates, so probably not.
I'm going to intimidate you into voting
no Maoists, Stalinists or National Socialists standing. You'll be fine.
you, intimidating. Don't make me laugh.
it will make no difference. Our labour representative is actually younger than me.
I sorta half-know the youngest elected councillor in Britain. He's a bit of an arse.
which is bad seeing as I intend to vote for him.
one half Lib Dem (for the attractive 27 year old candidate) and one half Green (for a scriptwriter on BBC's Supermegastorm).
what I did at the last election
the Tories won St. Albans as a result.
which means i get 2 votes. WOW!
All candidates talk bollox and I really can't be arsed.
It's in Brighton. I ain't voting green or tory. So I'll just make it up on the spot, because I'm not going to be here much longer! Yay!
before. I have my card, so might head down to my local polling station after work and give it a go.
ah! ah! ah! (that was The Count from Sesame Street laughing)
but, interestingly, I won't be voting, because I'm registered in Leicester, living in Nottingham, and have been raised to frown upon postal voters as lazy or mildly retarded. Plus Broughton Astley, whilst being Europe's longest village, is also England's safest Tory council. So all remains well.
they should have sent you something automatically. i've never actually gone and registered. they just sent me stuff.
hmm. i don't know then....
(although i have just taken the day off work and gone all the way home to vote)
but only out of an ingrained but probably misplaced sense of civic duty rather than any enthusiasm for any of the candidates or the electoral system.
i'm voting after uni.... i'm also running as a green councillor in wollaton west.... i literally have no chance of winning/getting a vote
...although luck has little chance of helping me.... a miracle maybe
Lib Dems for my constituency vote-purely as a tactical vote to keep Labour out.
SNP for my Regional List-because I pure love Braveheart 'n that man.
im about to go and do exactly this
then i could have not voted without feeling guilty. instead i will go the polling station and make a poorly informed choice out of duty.
I like voting..the magic of the booth, the scratch of the pencil..that misled feeling of power...
I need to get out a bit more, it's true
It was my first time voting today and I was, very very sadly, quite excited about it.
It's a sense of actually participating in democracy, and a misguided sense of being able to change things. In reality nothing will really change but it's nice to think it might.
they have thrown away my voting card because "it's silly".
Can I vote without it? What will i need to take with me?
it. Just need your name and address
you can vote without it - all you need to do is turn up (might be an idea to take ID) and tell the people at the tables - you'll be fine.
they're open till 10.
I don't care enough, and thats coming from a politics student.
can't be arsed though.
I'm effectively moving in four months. I think I've finally lost interest in Taunton Deane Borough Council.
it makes sense!
unfortunately i'm a twat and it too late to register : (
and I couldn't feasibly have gone home today. So no.
we had the exciting prospect of this on our ballot cards.
that's awful! Should've put yourself up as paper candidate!
easy choice, no?
If I could.
But I can't.
Thank God we're not having another mock election at school. Major cringe fest.
And conservative won by a huge majority. It made me just a bit angry.
Everyone thought that Green Party would legalise weed. No surprise why that won then...
Voted Labour because our current Lib Dem administration has been responsible for some pretty crappy things, most recently trying to implement a Strategic Service Partnership which is never going to work and will cost several of my work colleagues their jobs. Plus their candidates in our ward are the worst sort of parish pump politicians.
is it like a PFI?
Basically turning Council-owned services over to the highest bidder.
Works in some places - most often county councils. But in unitaries like Southampton they always fail dismally, because the only way forward is to slash your costs, and the only way you do that is by firing lots of people, which doesn't work because most city unitaries are already working on a one-job/person basis...
Basically what always happens is they fire a lot of employees and then the partnership disolves six months later. Leaving a lot of pissed-off, unemployed council workers who were underpaid and only doing it for the love in the first place.
Our union even went on strike over this one but to no avail.
First vote SSP
Second vote Green.
the last scottish elections were so long ago i dont remember who i voted for. my regional vote was either SSP or Green; i think it was green...
but I don't even know if I'm on the electoral list. I'm at uni so I don't actually know what constituency I'm supposed to be voting in. I don't know anything about my local representatives. In fact, I wasn't even 100% certain that elections were going on :s
Labour - boring
Tory - old and boring
Lib Dem - Liberal Democrats
Green - love illegal immigrants
BNP - lol
The one with Kilroy - good because of Kilroy, and good because you all hate them
but i prefer Solidarity.
one of tommy sheridan = ACE because it has tommy " most orange man is scotland" "the whole world is a massive conspiracy against me" sheridan AND "gorgeous" george galloway supports it!!!!!
last night at 10pm and started shouting "PENSIONS!!! TAXES!!! NHS!!!" for an hour. It was rather amusing, apparently.
He's such a giant orange twat. Amazing.
i can actually imagine that happening too.
he's managed to single-handed completely discredit the socialist movement in scotland, which is a fair achievement.
i imagine the two (identical apart from tommy sheridan being in one of them) socialist parties will go from about 6 seats to about 3 this election...
SO he may have lied to the court, so what? He likes some coke, some sex, some extra-marital affairs. He's like every other politician then.
I can imagine him being an amazing guy to have a pint with. Although he might just sit across the table and shout at you.
because he'll come up to Arden, Nitshill etc. and be all "I'm still Jenny from the block!!!!!"
I frankly couldn't give a shit about his personal life. His sexual encounters do not affect the running of the country, and therefore, i do not give a shit. However, don't wear fancy suits and then act like you are man of the people.
nearly voted for nthe BNP. she had a postal vote. Happily put lib dems locally, and for the scottish parliament constituency vote. Then she got to the PR bit, and saw "Putting Local People First": 'Oh they sound alright I'll vote for them'
we made her spoil the paper.
for the scottish parliament: i voted lib dem for the constituency, because the SNP are running them close for it.
And then, paradoxically, i voted SNP in the regional list vote. Because they want to get rid of council tax and student loans. Hurrah!
we could like be a separate country soon! Well, have a vote on it in three years time, when we'll decide we dont want to be a separate country.. but you know what i mean.
Then come the referendum in 2010 the Scottish population will shite it's collective pants and vote against independence.
unless things change a lot / david cameron wins the general election, or something like that.
im far from convinced the SNP will win this election. I know all the polls say so, but there's a lot of "undecided" lifelong labour voters who've probably voted in the end.
then Salmond has to try and create a situation whereby Holyrood is in constant conflict with Westminster, so he can claim that Westminster is controlling us, or not allowing us our powers, or whatever. Basically he has to try and play on our national feeling of inferiority and downtroddeness (is that a word?).
Even then I still think it would be too soon for most people.
aren't SNP going to put us all into debt? I'm sure I remember there being something about that in the news recently.
labour scaremongering i'd think.
if they take us out of the UK (which wont happen until after a referendum), then im sure there will be a national debt. But britain has one of those anyway...
the scaremongering in today's tabloids were quite hilarious.
The Daily Record and Daily Mail (clearly bastions of political sense) both had pictures of Alex Salmond on the front with headlines of "Vote SNP and we will all die tomorrow".
dont you just love the press. i only decided who i was going to vote for.
and OHMYGOD the bbc news is referring to the Scotland as "Gordon Brown's back yard" again.
Nah, it was on BBC news a few weeks back. Something to do with taxes - I don't think it was council taxes though.
oR for Viceroy! I would love to be in charge of a small English hamlet. I would have my own Ann Boylene and I'd chop fat face tom's head clean off...or wait I guess we'd have to put him in the Tower. I'd learn to like warm beer. I'd widen the goals on the opposing side, so our FC would win. It'd be great!
I voted, and it was lame and pointless
My town is in danger of getting some BNP councillors, but they weren't even on my sheet to vote against when I went down there. Apparrently that is for a different 'ward' even though this town only has sixty thousand inhabitants. Lame
Been thinking a lot recently about how democracy isn't really that different to a dictatorship, if the party you vote for doesn't get in.
I mean- I've voted in a few general elections, and the party I voted for has never got in, yet I'm supposed to be glad and happy that I got to take part in the glorious democratic process?
cunts. Its all just a ploy to stop us feeling hard done by re: the fact we get trampled on by a bunch of shitty suits who hate us
why are you pretending that the ward system is incomprehensible?
I'm not...it just doesn't make any sense in such a small town, where the issues are exactly the same for me as someone who lives two streets away.-
which is, arguably, minimal. but still. i can't see how it makes any difference that you live in a small town. in cambridge i'm within easy walking distance of the 4 surrounding wards and the issues are exactly the same.
so you understand the point I am making, yet you are still 'debating'?
but if you voted and you ever complain about something, you won't look like a tit.
How so? I voted Lib Dem, what would be the use of complaining to my Conservative councillor, who's policies are pretty much the opposite of what i think.
just people who don't vote and then whine can fuck right off, in my admittedly not hugely humble opinion...
enjoy your avacado, el diablo
And I only had to get a new form once, which I think is quite good for my first time.
for myself!! which was very odd.
(running for councillor by the way, i didnt just scribble my name on the ballot paper)
to the local polling station and
make our own categories
vote for ourselves
vote for ourselves
to sing million dead all day, and be relevant
you were labour, i take it? will you stir shit up and protect the weak? if so, good luck to you.
labour all the way
My dads neighbour was standing.
I didn't vote for him cos he is labour
If so...i ...um..spoiled my ballot. with anarchy stickers. I regret nothing. Was there actually anyone running in my area who wasnt a student.
i turned up to vote for the first time in my life. what do i find? the only candidates are tories or from a party formed by ex-tories. democracy? LOL. i feel i should do something about this.
anyway, i promptly walked out, throwing my voting slip away in disgust.
My ward will have been Labour though.
And out of 47 seats, not a single conservative <3
Unless the 'other' is conservative. I'm not sure who the other is.
and LD lost two seats :(
there, it's the lovely choice between Conservative and SNP :(
Here, it's Lib Dem and Labour, so i went for Lib Dem, with my other vote going Green :) hooray!