General Chat Thread, And for all the idiots out there, a guide on how to...... in General; Originally Posted by broc
You could however argue that failing to exercise your right to vote means you no longer ...
6th May 2010, 12:44 PM #46
there are noticably few differences between the parties, as far as the political and economic direction. The credibility of some of the smaller parties can be questioned as can the lack
Originally Posted by broc
of detail from all parties....that's even before we scrutinize what detail there is. And so you can't assume that the voting habits of others will lead to a change of direction.
i think it's more important to appreciate this, than to put all store in the act of voting once every five years.
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6th May 2010, 12:51 PM #47
Likewise the clever clogs who put a handwritten envelope on the communial stairway with a letter, in blue script, addressed 'Dear Friend'. I'm not your friend and lucky for you I didn't read enough to see which party you are from.
Originally Posted by pete
Of course the bloke with the loudhailer could have been from an opposing party.
6th May 2010, 12:51 PM #48
As well as the party workers, there could well be somebody doing an exit poll.
There should have been an organised campaign to get everybody to lie to them, just for a laugh
6th May 2010, 12:55 PM #49
While I can see where you are coming from and have sympathy with your view, what is the solution? Are you saying nobody should vote.... and everyone should complain about every political party & every politician & about every decision made that doesn't fit in with their views or benefit them individually? Or let apathy rule....?
Originally Posted by torledo
6th May 2010, 01:03 PM #50
Let's get this straight - apathy is not voting because you can't be arsed.
Not voting or spoiling your paper because you have made a considered decision that none of the offered candidates is acceptable to you is far from apathy.
6th May 2010, 01:03 PM #51
not at all. i think it's a question of whatever your personal conscience is telling you.
Originally Posted by broc
i've looked over what i think will happen in the even of which party hold power.....and i can honestly see very little difference in practice. ofcourse no party will offer up policies that you can entirely agree on.....
but if i could honestly see an optimistic outcome from any of the possible results then i would vote positively. I personally cannot. But that's just me...as i said it's a matter of personal conscience.
it's most likely that i don't vote tactically [ie keep the incumbents out], if i do vote it will probably be for one of the much smaller party/candidate....which has no chance of winning the seat.
But even there, it wouldn't be because i was particularly convinced about their competence. But i can certainly see the value in voting for an MP based on how they personally could represent the constituents....what i'm talking about is overall affecting the economic direction of the country.
i'd be allowed to criticize because no option was offered up at election that could realistically change direction in my view.
6th May 2010, 01:16 PM #52
Politics is one of those things that we should all be taught a bit about in school but generally aren't. Not knowing how to vote is a bit like not knowing how to fill out a cheque, when I left school I'd no clue how to do either of these things despite the fact that they are both quite easy and as adults they are things that we will encounter and might have to do.
I've always taken the theory of: If I don't know something, I'll ask someone who does or if nobody is around then I'll ask google/wikipedia/loads of other websites. A lot of people just don't seem to have that drive though, they sit saying something along the lines of "meh" and just exist.
It's the same with finances and money management, nobody was ever taught anything about it in school, parents often don't have a clue about it and we wonder why people end up squandering money and then end up in loads of debt!
6th May 2010, 01:42 PM #53
doesn't that just show that some people have actually been paying attention.
Originally Posted by Sarconia
6th May 2010, 02:20 PM #54
Ok - we missed the morning rush, but there's still time - I suggest we all claim we voted Monster Raving Loony, regardless of whether a candidate stood or not!
Originally Posted by SteveBentley
6th May 2010, 02:29 PM #55
The Monster Raving Loony William Hill Party if you please. Bookies back Monster Raving Loony Party - Telegraph
Originally Posted by solitaire89
6th May 2010, 02:32 PM #56
You are right - I apologise profusley.... It's just too long to remember though!
Originally Posted by creese
6th May 2010, 02:38 PM #57
Personally Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel of The Silly Party would get my vote. But I'm not in Luton, or Cambridge.
6th May 2010, 02:41 PM #58
I recon EduGeek should run for Election, the country would be a better place with us running it!
6th May 2010, 02:48 PM #59
Seriously? We have bigger rifts of opinion here than members of the Tory party! Then again, if the voters think they a fit to govern we may just be in with a chance
Originally Posted by danrhodes
You know why the Tories don't like Alternative Voting? They are too busy arguing with themselves to have the time to argue with other political parties as well.
6th May 2010, 03:01 PM #60
Just had a reply from a friend in South Africa who says 'Change is always good when people vote'
I think I know what he means.
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