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Thursday 4th May - VOTE!

Next Thursday is the local council Elections in the UK.

Use this opportunity to go and out and be heard. Register you're vote (regardless of party) or spoil your ballot in protest but be counted. People in otehr countries fight and die for this privilege.

If you're unhappy with the way the current government is operating (or satisfied) make your voice heard. Many people overlook the importance of council elections - both on their local operations and also the way they can affect the major national parties on their results. With the Labour government in the position it is at present (ie - under fire and generally unliked) a bad showing for them would increase the calls within the party for a change of leadership. The Conservatives are looking for a strong showing to give Cameroon his first real show of strength as their leader - the same can also be said with the LibDems and Campbell.

If enough people vote the way they feel there is mroe chance you will end up being able to change things. Personally I'm expecting the big two parties to less of the share of the votes this time round and for the major winners to be The LibDems, The Greens and the BNP as people look at alternative ways to reigister their disagreements with Labour and the Tories (although the Tories are still blemished by their 80's/early 90's past).

It should be an interested one next week. I wish I could be at home watching the results come in but unfortunately I'm out (monitoring the count of our local elections for Barnet actually - so I'll be 'on the spot' I guess and hopefully not starved of news from elsewhere!! :p)

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meganintheuk
Apr. 28th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
In Australia it is compulsory to vote... and I actually think that is a good thing.
suewilson
Apr. 29th, 2006 08:33 am (UTC)
I'd like compulsory voting with a "none of the above" option so people could see how much of the electorate jusy can't be arsed and how much aren't voting because none of the people standing speek for them.

On our estate turn out rarely gets above 25 percent. You could be a local councillor if you could persuade your mates down the pub to turn out and vote for you!

Actually that might be a plan....
jonnynexus
Apr. 28th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
"I wish I could be at home watching the results come in but unfortunately I'm out (monitoring the count of our local elections for Barnet actually - so I'll be 'on the spot' I guess and hopefully not starved of news from elsewhere!! :p)"

Well at the counts I've been at, there's usually a telly on somewhere, and even if you're not near it you find that the news travels around quite quickly.
mrmmarc
Apr. 29th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC)
Amigo- you said...
"If you're unhappy with the way the current government is operating (or satisfied) make your voice heard."

I say:
NO!
This is not a national issues vote. You vote will not make any differance in that arean! if this is why you wish to vote- DON'T!
This is an election about your street.
Your community.
Your Council.
Make it about your home.

Leave national elections to the once-every-five-years milary!

Labour are gonna get trounched.
Blair will reshuffle.
No one in the LibDems will say 'Hey, isn't pour leader a boring stiff with No personality whatsoever!"
No one in the Tories will say "Hey, Cameron... he's not done much has he. Really."
No one in Labour will say "What do you mean Tony is still the only person the electorate will vote for?"

Amen!
angusabranson
Apr. 29th, 2006 06:57 am (UTC)
**This is not a national issues vote. You vote will not make any differance in that arean! if this is why you wish to vote- DON'T!
This is an election about your street.
Your community.
Your Council.
Make it about your home.**

This is where we both agree and disagree.

Yes, Council Elections are about where you live and how your local area is run. But many people do use the Council Elections to register their protest agianst the government in power or register the vote that they would have liked to have made at the GE if their areas weren't in need of tactical voting to make sure candidate 'x' or 'y' didn't get into power.

People can vote how they would really like to vote. That's why you see more Green and Independent Councillors get elected. It's a shame those people who vote for them don't do so in the National Elections.

As to making a difference on the National Arena, councils elections *do* have an affect. Not only does it have an immediate affect on a party's moral (especially at ground level but all the way up to senior ministers/shadow ministers) but parties do take note of their council gains/losses. Several key Labour Councils have already written to Blair informing him to expect very bad results and saying he should consider stepping down as Party Leader sooner rather than later.

So yes, rightly or wrongly, council elections do have a national affect.
pond823
Apr. 29th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Use this opportunity to go and out and be heard.

IMHO it's not. It's about choosing which slight variation of arsehole, who you'll never meet, to give money to so they can inflict further unneeded restrictions on you, which they in turn will believe they are above. Right now we have 3 flavours of centre-right, blueberry, lemon and strawberry but they all practictally taste the same.

And the farce of scandal will drive them wild, each accussing the other of improper behaviour while they all try and get away with it themselves. Who gives a monkeys if they have affairs, are secretly homosexual or take drugs, cos the vast majority of the people electing them will have done some of those things. After years and years of serious government most important laws are already made, so they have to scheme to make up new ones.

Lied to, cheated and mugged is what the proud British voter is and will continue to be under the self replicating media supported populists we call political parties.
angusabranson
Apr. 29th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
There's more than three parties on offer. You have the Greens and the BNP - both of which are expected to do well in the Council Elections (I believe the Green party might actually gain majority control over in Oxford which would be great).

Lower turn outs are good for the smaller parties.

It is, in this country, your choice if you want to go and vote or not. But smaller turnouts will always help parties such as the BNP who have motivated their supporters to turn out in numbers (and unfortunately the way the government has handled the 'terrorist' and 'asylum' issues it's just driven more people into the pockets of the BNP.

If you're willing to allow that then by all means don't vote. Otherwise vote for the lesser of the evils or spoil your ballot as a sign of protest if you feel your voice isn't being heard.

Personally I think the whole establishment could do with a massive shake-up and the British population should get a lot more questioning and politically motivated and force the issues with protest - in all forms if necessary - until they are heard. Until then though I will be voting agianst the 'evils' I perceive and doing my damndest to get people to voice their opinions both at the ballot box and elsewhere.
pond823
Apr. 30th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
If I thought the BNP would ain any power in Barnet, I'd vote but they won't. As for spoiling your ballet, which I did last year, there is no point. They don't count spoilt votes anymore - you just become a non-voter and is yet another sign, in my eyes, that government serves government.
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