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Wednesday 12th May 2010 8:12 pm

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.

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Catching up
Thursday 15th April 2010 8:42 pm

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...

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General Election
Thursday 8th April 2010 8:23 pm

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...

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Wednesday 5th November 2008 12:40 pm

I thought I'd look up what constituency I'll be in when I move. Turns out it's the same one - I'm not moving far enough away. It's a pain because it's rural and therefore Tory country, and the second place is so split between Labour and Lib Dem that it feels like your vote doesn't count (not that it will ever stop me voting - you could offer me £1 million and I'd still rather vote, thanks to John Major who made it so I was 22 before I could vote in a general election).

On the subject of the US election, I forgot about it when I first got up this morning. Ordinarily my alarm goes off at 8am to the news and I'd have heard it then, but since I'm not going back to work until tomorrow, I didn't wake up until much later. The Guardian has a collection of US election maps that are quite cool (the trick is to remember that the colours are the wrong way round).

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Thursday 28th June 2007 10:28 pm

I thought I should make a post about the new Prime Minister being the fourth since I was born. Five Live did a whole afternoon on it yesterday, so I listened to the tennis on Sports Extra instead. I mean, it's interesting but it's not that interesting. Mostly it's just weird - you get used to one being there forever, or at least that's what it seems like. And it seems like much more fuss than any of the others. Major was the first time I noticed politics (and worked out Paddy Ashdown was not in fact in the headmaster of the local secondary school, just because it was called Ashdown - it was logical at the time).

Then Blair was a general election four days before my 18th birthday, so that was a big event for everyone not born at the beginning of May. But this one, I came back from Romania wondering if Brown had been elected yet. I never quite got round to asking or looking it up. I don't think I need to yet.

The date I was born makes naming PMs easy - Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown - anyone older than me has to know the one before: Callahan. No idea what his first name was, mind you. Mind you, I can tell you my MPs party, what school she went to and I think I can remember her first name. Her last name could be anything though. I also can't tell you what my constituency is called since it has such a strange name.

Oh, and Henman's out of Wimbledon - it's a good thing because now we can focus on some more interesting players who don't favour long drawn out matches. I want Nadal to win.

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You can’t make it up
Wednesday 2nd November 2005 11:34 pm

Which is entirely true, but sadly, I can't write it. I might put it in a friends-locked entry, though.

In brighter news, Blunkett has resigned; there's a new spoof news program on BBC2 Monday nights that is quite funny, and has Claudia Christian in it, plus some other people I recognise but can't remember the names of; I don't have to go back to work till Wednesday; I have chocolate spread that doesn't have vanilla in and is in date.

On the bad side, every Green & Blacks chocolate I looked at has vanilla in. It's probably not enough to make me ill, as long as I don't eat too much in one go. Hmm. I went ice-skating last night, which turned out to be ice-dancing night, so there were quite a few really good people about trying to trip us up. But apart from that the ice was quite empty, which makes it much easier to skate. I'm surprised how many people have been to Ice Trax at Tower Park.

I watched Rome tonight. Or more accurately I watched the first half hour while putting my Australia photos in my album, at which point I couldn't take any more and ended up watching The West Wing instead, which was good. I'm starting to get quite bored of the election though, I wish they'd just get it over and done with already.

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