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i really should know this by now
may not bother
it's just depressing that people think like that
fickle floating voters have too much sway
I mean why does Brown let people known he's going to announce the election and then announce the election? Why doesn't he just announce it at the same time he declares the intention to announce it? Am I making sense?
Everything now starts with 'the PM will later announce' or 'xx will happen at xy time, the BBC has learnt'. Government ministers don't announce polices in Parliament any more, they do it on the Today programme. Bercow said he would crack down on it if he was elected Speaker, but he doesn't seem to have done anything.
- after all the venues to be used as poling stations have been booked for weeks.
But it is not FACT, until the PM has an audience with the Queen, and she disolves parliament.
dissolution of parliament, which is done after a visit to the Queen.
For reasons of planning etc., it's not unreasonable to announce the date before the constitutional triggers.
Will they let me proxy vote?
What if something happens after I post my vote that makes me change my mind? Like someone makes a last minute promise to abolish VAT on hair conditioner? What if.
Are you sure that's what you mean?
Re. postal votes: well, quite. In the past (especially with Conservative incumbent governments) it is the Labour Party that tends to benefit from postal votes. This is thought to be down to the fact that there are typically a lot of 'late' Conservative votes (and I mean 'standing-in-the-poll-booth late').
It'll be interesting to see whether the closing gap in the opinion polls mean that postal votes will have this effect tempered.
A mate lives right next to the polling station (I assume it'll be in the same one used for the local elections) and he's a socialist so I might make him vote Tory on my behalf for a laff.
I don't think Thorpe Park is open that whole time!
This isn't news; as mentioned above it's been known for months that it would be 6th May, and for weeks that it would be announced on 6th April - but somehow actually seeing the date as the headline on BBC News makes it so much more real. I can't wait!
(In case this comes across as sarcasm, it is't, I'm genuinely excited, both by the election in general and the prospect of a long awaited change in government.)
I lied about who I was going to vote for the other day just to keep a conversation going with the kind of person that would have probably turned their nose up at "DOESN´T REALLY MATTER WHAT MOB GETS INTO POWER".
tories get all the girls.
Lyk, honestly man. I'm not trying to rub you up the wrong way I swear.
and want them kicked out
And to all those not intending to vote a massive middle finger. You have a fucking voice, use it.
i´d prefer not to buy into the ruling class, thanks.
joker. Vote green, or go along and write something inflammatory and spoil the ballot paper.
andrew newby (second row, far left) starts his video off well...
david hoyle (third row from bottom, 4th along) provides 45 seconds of confusion
"eventually the world will become avant-garde"
Durham North - can you imagine a constituency with a name that screams Labour louder?
Newcastle East - Labour for years but each of the last few elections have seen the Lib Dems have reduce the lead, it could go this year.
Glasgow North East. So my vote will count for the square root of zip all, whether I plump for SNP or Green (if there's a candidate to vote for).
we get to vote for either
a.long dead lip service left wing, will bring in Orwellian ID card/DNA database should they by some miracle manage to cling to power. Team applying for the management positions of country X number 1. business folk, no ideology.
b.cunts, who will be, well, cunts - support the rich and fuck the poor and be smug about every minute detail of everything they breathe and do cunts. Team applying for the managerial positions of country X number 2. business folk, no ideology (except to be slightly more favouring of the already privelged than team a).
c.pointless third party votes which, in another election might be considered of some use, but in one this case really would be tragic waste.
i always make typos on that word.
STAY OFF THE INTERNET WHEN DRUNK GARRY
I got home and never thought I would walk again. I hobbled to the door, and then to my bed.
After 7 hrs sleep, half a box of chockies, a banana, apple and a restorative hot bath I delivered 268 leaflets for Labour in Tintwistle; being kind of conscious that this might happen.
I have always been interested in politics, and particularly in the weird workings of our arcane democratic system. My gt. Grandfather was Liberal agent for Newcastle upon Tyne, my Granddad was a member of the Oswestry CCP, my Dad was branch secretary of the Tory Party, and I am Chair of the local Labour Party branch.
If you do get involved in a party, assuming it still exists (our local Tories have dissolved), you can soon assume an officer or spokesperson position, and then, assuming your candidate gets elected, your views directly feed to a member of parliament, or in my case a deputy minister.
Although I am involved in a party, and the one that best reflects my views, I have high regard for candidates for several other parties. Our local borough councilor, David Lomax, is fighting Tatton for the Lib Dems. against George Osborne. I'm hoping the yellow band around south Mancs heads his way, rather than ours.
but the local parlimentary representative thing
because all politicians are clowns
I might stay up and watch it all and everything.
Then again I might not, I do like my sleep.
Never voting that is, not staying up all night
01: too drunk
05: too ambivalent
10: THIS IS MY YEAR. Just in time to elect the Conservatives in. Good timing, me.
I remember being proper angry.
Really? The Iraq war etc. wasn't an issue for you? Interesting...
That and I just generally didn't give a sod about politics. I only really do now because I've fallen in love with Harriet Harman.
And :-) / o_0
Which is probably needless.
I must send in 12 registration forms then
is election night programmes on TV that just show the results as they come in. No stupid graphics, no revised prediction of what the current results mean for the final result every five seconds. For goodness sake - once people start voting, you've only got a day to wait to get the result, why does there have to be all that ridiculous conjecture just because people can't even wait that long? I get fed up with all the nonsense we've had in the last few years because everyone thinks that all boys - I mean, men and women - are obsessed with lists and statistics.
Of course the normal answer to anything like this is "don't like, don't watch", and I'd usually be saying that as well - but the general election is too important an occasion for that to be a valid response.
Or is that not what you're after?
rather than just boys playing with toys and "this is what that one statistic could mean for the result"-type stuff.
Just watching the numbers ping up on a web page would be a bit like being interested in football but just watching the latest scores with the sound switched off. I want to see the election talked about - but the stuff that's important, not just a parade of interim statistics.
Is it still Peter Snow that will be doing the jumping about with the graphics bits? Shirley you like those bits?