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Thursday, 7 May 2015

It's Today

Tomorrow is the 70th Anniversary of VE Day, the day when we celebrate Victory in Europe in the Second World War.   The day we celebrate the victory of democracy over dictatorship in Europe, (even though we still had dictatorships in both Greece and Spain) the day we celebrate our freedom!   It seems fitting then that today here in the UK we go to the polls to elect a new Parliament.

Well let's be precise we elect one house of Parliament the House of Commons, the other, the House of Lords, is still an unelected House run of Privilege and Patronage.   We do not elect a Government we elect M.P.s and the party with the most M.P.s will then try to form a Government that has the "Confidence" of the House of Commons.   Each constituency elects one M.P. on the simple basis of who ever gets the most votes in that constituency wins.   Of course this leads to all sorts of anomalies.   While living in the same house I have now been in two different constituencies, while in one we would always have a Tory, in the new one we will always have a Labour M.P.   So when I cast my vote today for my Green Party Candidate my vote does not count, or influence who makes up our Government.

It is a flawed system but at least it is a system, and I have always urged everyone I know to use it. Use your Vote make your voice heard, don't vote no right to complain, I'm sure you are all familiar with the arguments, however; ~ I had occasion to be on a bus during the day yesterday and I over heard a couple of conversation about this election, and was stunned by the lack of understanding or thought that was behind some peoples decisions. I suppose that it is obvious that some of the electorate are stupid, otherwise we would not have UKIP, but I am stunned that people seem to believe what is said in their "newspaper" of choice, there may now be some people I would encourage not to vote!
  • The Parties are not all the same.
  • Governments do change the way we live.
  • Giving the other Guys a chance is not a good way of governing a country.
  • AND.... Nigel Farage is a posh git who was a bully at his Public School has never done days real work in his life. Just because he likes beer does not make him a working man who understands what it is like to have to decide whether to pay the gas bill or council tax.
It is a flawed system and some of the people who get to take part may not deserve it, but it is a system and we should make use of it.   If you live in the UK and you haven't voted yet, please do, otherwise whoever wins, we all lose.
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