Politics

May. 12th, 2010 08:12 pm
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This whole election thingy has been exciting. I stayed up on election night to see who was going to be in charge. So they decided while I was out at Rotaract last night. Which was a very confusing evening because Gordon Brown had previously said he would resign (as PM) if the Conservatives and Lib Dems reached an agreement. So then he resigned before they’d reached an agreement. And interrupted the Queen’s viewing of Eastenders while they changed PMs. We had a brief period of anarchy while we were all too far away from Buckingham Palace to be PM. Damn.

I’m excited about the Con/Lib Dem coalition. I was born into a Tory Parliament, which eventually went Labour and it was clearly going to go back to Tory at some point. So I was resigned to it always swinging between the two and the only highlights being that you couldn’t say for certain which election it would change at. So this is something different and new and exciting, and involves Lib Dems in the government, which I thought would take a miracle to see.

It’s quite cool that when they’ve been talking about the Cabinet posts on the radio today they’ve not only said their name and position, as you’d expect, but added in which party they are. And Nick Clegg gets to be PM when David Cameron goes on holiday! I wanted him to be PM at the head of a Labour/Lib Dem coalition, which would have been cool, if highly unlikely.

I’m hoping that the Lib Dem’s will tamper down the Tory bad policies a bit and between them they’ll end up with something that’s better than either of them would have done separately. We’ll see. I’m ambivalent about the idea of five year fixed terms because although it’ll guarantee me a general election for my birthday every five years, it will mean that the next one that’s actually on my birthday won’t be until 2050.

Mirrored from my blog.

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After a week I’m now sick of the election. Or rather, what I’m sick of is listening to politicians fail to answer questions. Although there was an amusing moment the other day when I was listening to the news on my way home, wasn’t quite concentrating and thought Nick Clegg was Tony Robinson… Chris Addison has an amusing blog about it all. After my post about not being able to decide who to vote for I discovered the BBC website has a page where you can look at the policies of three parties side by side. So I spent a whole two days as an undecided, and decided to vote for the same party I decided I would have voted for in 1997 had the election been a week later.

I got my remix assignment and the person I’m remixing has mostly written in fandoms I know. So I could write pretty much anything. I’ve been skim-reading and I think I’ve decided, but reserve the right to change my mind.

I’ve discovered I’m intolerant to all gluten, although I can eat quite a bit of it. At this rate I’ll be intolerant to all food in ten years time. If they could just invent a pill to take every day that means you don’t have to eat that would do me. Although I’d forget to take it half the time…

Mirrored from my blog.

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I keep meaning to blog more than I do but I never seem to be able to muster up the energy at the same time as thinking of something I want to say. Or more accurately, remembering what I thought about blogging when I didn’t have the time.

So I thought I’d talk about the general election Gordon Brown has very kindly given me for my birthday. Isn’t that good of him? It’s not going to make me vote Labour, though. More accurately, I don’t know who I’m going to vote for – I’ve never had that problem before.

In my old constituency there were four people on the ballot. Labour and the other one (it varied as to what the other one was) got so few votes they might not have got their deposit back (I can’t remember where the cut off is). So the choice was between Conservative and Liberal Democrat, which isn’t much of a choice at all. And it was important to vote to get rid of/keep the Tory out.

(There are many reasons not to vote Conservative – I’m not rich or posh for a start. But the most important reason is that they purposely denied me the vote in 1997 and that’s something they can never make up for. If, at some point during this campaign, they mention they were in power for eighteen years, they’re lying. If they’d been in power for eighteen years I’d have been able to vote.)

Here, things are a bit different. I haven’t got round to finding out who might be on the ballot in the constituency I now live in, but there are more than four people. The one at the top is Conservative because there are far too many rich people here. From everything I’ve heard it sounds like he’s actually a decent bloke and a good MP. If he was Independent I’d probably quite happily vote for him. However, he’s a Tory, so I can’t.

Below him, the vote is split equally between Labour and Lib Dem, so there’s no way they’re ever going to topple the Tory and I can’t vote for one or the other on that basis. I have to vote – partially because I missed out once due to my age, I’m not going to miss out again. And also because if you don’t vote you don’t get to have an opinion on how the country is run.

So if I’m going to throw my vote away, I might as well vote for the party whose policies I agree with most. It’s such a strange thing, all of a sudden, to not be sure. I need to do some research on the internet, but I don’t intend to watch the Leadership debate next Thursday. I don’t think that seeing three men not answering questions and behaving like children will endear me to any of them somehow…

Mirrored from my blog.

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