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I Never Could Get the Hang of Thursdays.

A week from the time I am writing this the last votes of the general election will be being cast. Yes it is that time again in the UK. We had an election in 2017 and 2015 and now again. Since the Brexit vote the UK has been in turmoil and it has felt like nothing else has been discussed in parliament but Brexit.

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I always vote in elections even though, sometimes, it feels like a pointless endeavour. The first-past-the-post voting system is deeply flawed. A party could, in theory, get the most votes but few seats if their support was too spread out. This is because what counts is the votes in each constituency. CGP Grey has done a series of videos on voting which is well worth a watch:

Check out the rest of the play list it is pure gold.

For the time being, and for the foreseeable future, we are stuck with this system and have to work with it. I think the spoiler effect is especially problematic – and it is why we are in the mess we are in – if you follow the news in the UK you will know what I mean.

I am rethinking as I write this but I think I am just going to say it. The Conservative party was worried UKIP would take their votes – so they humoured them by having the referendum. The plan seems to have been that the referendum would result in remain winning and UKIP would disappear. However leave won and nobody was expecting that or knew how to proceed.

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There are other issues besides Brexit but Brexit is certainly going to be a focus of many people’s votes. It for that reason, although not that reason alone, that I am voting Labour this time around.

It is my opinion that Labour’s plan is the most fair. The Liberal Democrats, while I agree with their position, are ignoring the referendum. The Conservatives are following the referendum but are ignoring the fact that the question was too simplistic. There are as many ways to leave the EU as there are to have a fun weekend. Imagine if that was the question: Would you like to have fun this weekend?

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We would all say yes to that but what are we going to do?

  1. Watch football
  2. Get drunk.
  3. Go to the club.
  4. Sit quietly at home, listen to The Corrs, while sipping tea.
  5. Read a book.
  6. Play a board game.
  7. Watch all of The Lord of the Rings films back to back.
  8. Run a marathon.
  9. Make a quilt.
  10. Sit in the park.
  11. Go trainspotting.
  12. Write your novel.
  13. Stay in bed and just sleep.
  14. Cook a fancy meal.
  15. Enter an eating contest.
  16. Go to the gym.
  17. Visit mum and dad.
  18. Watch Cricket.
  19. Go to the science fiction convention.
  20. Go for a hike.

All those things could be fun. However if I said ‘Yes’ to fun and ended up at the gym I would be very disappointed. (The fact that I put on weight last month and need to go to the gym is irrelevant at this point.)

Or to put it another way.
Would you like a £1000?
Yes.
That’ll be one foot please.
Wait what?
Your foot for the £1000.
On second thoughts…
You said ‘Yes’ now hold still.

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Now you could decide that you would rather have £1000 than your foot but when the money was offered that wasn’t known so the question needs to be asked again. It is not ignoring democracy it is following through and giving people an informed choice. In my view it is the same as getting work done on your home. When you ask for a quote you have a figure in mind and if it is a lot more than that you wouldn’t go ahead with the work.

There are many questions that turn from a ‘Yes’ to a ‘No’ when more facts are known. I honestly can’t understand the Brexit at all costs mentality. Yet that is what many people seem to want.

I did have more to say but this post is getting really long. My philosophy this election is anyone but the Tories. That said I like what Labour are offering, and this time around might have voted for them anyway. And I hope if they do get in they help the homeless and poor families who need it so desperately.

I hope the election goes well and I suspect that with whoever wins we still have some time before this Brexit stuff is truly behind us.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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Please Vote

For this week the title says it all. Please vote.

We are just four weeks away from a general election here in the United Kingdom.

Whenever an election comes up I always have the thought that this time it will work – the new government will be so much better than the old one – a new era of prosperity will begin – the government will be loved by all. Well that’s rather over egging the pudding but it is the general sense of it. The annoying truth is that governments are all much of a muchness.

You should still vote.

You might be thinking that all the parties are the same.

You should still vote.

It could be that you simply don’t believe any of them. It could simply be that the party you like has no chance of winning – well they certainly won’t if people don’t vote.

Can I use history to appeal to you? I’m a white heterosexual man – so I’m aware of my privileged position. For women the right to vote was a long battle. Here is a link to a Wikipedia page on the subject. People have been denied the vote, across the world now, for race, religion, social class, and no doubt a multitude of other reasons. Unfortunately humans are very good at prejudice.

There is another option. It sounds strange but you could try a spoit ballot. This is when a ballot is invalidated for some reason. Click on the link to learn more. This is useful in a roundabout sort of way. It shows, unlike not going to the polling station at all, that you want to participate in the election but that you don’t like any candidate.

Voter turnout is always fairly low. If people spoiled the ballot instead of not bothering to vote it would show that people are interested and want to participate but they feel cut off from politicians. As it stands not bothering just shows the population as apathetic and, to be frank, you can’t really complain about MPs if you didn’t vote.

I told myself that I wasn’t going to post the following but I feel I must. Please don’t vote for UKIP. It is frequently accused of racism and its ideas tend to be based on lies. You can read all about at via this The Huffington Post. One UKIP donor said that women shouldn’t wear trousers this is beyond ridiculous! The main issue of UKIP is the EU. They believe it is undemocratic and not in our best interest. What is rather laughable is that their candidates often don’t even show up to vote!

I hope you will look at these articles but you should, of course, come to your own conclusions.

So please vote in four weeks time.

Voting is supposed to be private so I won’t declare it here. I also haven’t decided yet.

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Finally I wanted to share this little titbit from Stargate SG-1

Senator Kinsey

Oh please, given the chance half of
all American citizens won’t even vote
and the half that do vote are too stupid
to know what they’re doing.

Colonel O’Neill
Which explains how you got elected.

Chain Reaction – SG-1 Season 4 Episode 15

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