May. 6th, 2010

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I'll be voting this evening, this isn't a post to tell you who to vote for but it is a post to ask you to exercise your right to vote.

I'm hoping for a good turn out and I'm hoping that the results will provoke electoral reforms, the first past the post system is devaluing our votes in many areas and I want everyone's voice to count equally.

I'm heartened that people seem to be engaging with the political process more this time, worried that the Tories will get in but hoping for a hung parliament that will hopefully make us a true three party nation and idealistically hoping that a hung parliament will force people to start working together for the benefit of the country as a whole (I did say it was idealism :P)

I dislike the campaign methods that rely on promoting fear about their competitors getting in, rather than saying the good things they have done, they concentrate on the bad everyone else has done. The fake newspapers that slag off the other parties are particularly annoying for a variety of reasons.

Interestingly only the Labour candidate in our area have been canvasssing whilst I was in, the fake newspapers and false claims have come from the LibDems which is really very disappointing, they've done some really good stuff and don't need to stoop to that level. Both candidates for Labour and LibDem seem to have their heads screwed on when it comes to policy though so it's not a bad vote either way.

If you're undecided then http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ may be a useful site. You can see your local candidates views on policies in your area and it'll even match your choices to the closest candidate for you.

xxx

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