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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 963 times:

Any bets as to the turn out? Will Labour's recent problems boost the turnout a bit?

An interesting point, this year was the first year I used a pencil to vote. Surely it can't be that difficult to equip polling stations with pens of some sort?

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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 960 times:

In all seriousness, I'm registered to vote so I take it the polling stations will be the same one I used in last years general election?

If so I'll take a walk.



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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 958 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 1):
In all seriousness, I'm registered to vote so I take it the polling stations will be the same one I used in last years general election?

Yup.


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 953 times:

Just England and Wales today I think, as there's been no mention of any elections north of the Border.


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 950 times:

Not all of England - nothing in my region.


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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 950 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 3):
Just England and Wales today I think, as there's been no mention of any elections north of the Border.



Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 4):
Not all of England - nothing in my region.

Sorry yeah, only England and then only in about 4000 seats.


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 936 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 4):
Not all of England - nothing in my region.

It's odd, isn't it?

Where I am there are elections in Bighton and Hove, and in Adur, but nothing for me with Horsham District Council.

Anyway, council elections are always entertaining to see the government (of whatever hue) get a spanking. Big grin



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 934 times:

Oh dam it, I still haven't gone. I've just had a Kronenbourg instead. It's 1849 now so when do the polls close?


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User currently offlineWillo From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 1352 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
Horsham District Council.


No elections here (I'm also HDC), the ruling junta heard of a planned uprising and had it ruthlessly crushed  Wink


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 926 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 7):
so when do the polls close

10 pm. As with every election.  Wink

Quoting Willo (Reply 8):
the ruling junta heard of a planned uprising and had it ruthlessly crushed

They're a nightmare, aren't they?

They recently came up with a fabulous little wheeze to start charging for parking in the village where I live. How to destroy a thriving community in one easy stroke.  Yeah sure Naturally, everyone, shops and residents was utterly appalled. We've still got proper shops here, because we're ten miles away from any of the towns and cities, but charge for parking, and why would anyone in the outlying districts come here rather than Burgess Hill, Brighton or Horsham? Stupid, stupid, stupid. Hopefully the unanimous opposition might have some impact, but I doubt it.

On top of that, they have the bloody cheek to charge us more council tax than the rest of the area, despite the fact we get Sweet FA from them in return.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13184 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 921 times:

Voted, as usual.
Was I happy with who I voted for, or the alternatives?
Not really-they are ALL anti LHR expansion around here.

So the least worst option, the ones nearest to what I want.

I do not use these elections as a 'spanking' for the Government, although sometimes how you vote might end up being that by default.

What I do not expect, are councils that totally reflect what I might want.
Is that possible for anyone, 100% approval?
I think not, but I suspect that is why many do not bother.
It can never really be ME! ME! ME! ME!


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 917 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 10):
I do not use these elections as a 'spanking' for the Government

Maybe, but like it or not, most people vote on national lines, not local ones. Which maybe suggests they get what they deserve.

Put it this way, Labour don't even bother to put up a candidate in my ward, and in a couple of places nearby, no alternate candidates were put forward, so there's no election. That's pretty disgraceful, both from the parties, and from a society where the general public are so divorced from proceedings that not one person is prepared to stand outside of the party apparatus.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineBCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 913 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 6):
there are elections in Bighton and Hove

Nothing in Hove. Called the electoral roll officer as I did not get any voting card and I was told there are no local elections. Have I missed my chance to give my verdict on Bliar, Bonking Fatty Prescott, Totally Useless Clarke and the others imbeciles?



MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 908 times:

Brian Reade of the Daily Mirror.

Quote:
FIRST we had David Cameron zooming around the world trying to convince us he's greener than Kermit after a roll in the grass.

Now we've got Tory party chairman Francis Maude urging us to pee on our compost to help the environment.

Can I suggest if a Tory candidate knocks on your door spouting on about green issues you forget about the compost and pee all over them. It may not save the planet but it will save you smacking them in the mouth and being arrested for assault.

 Wink


User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 906 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 11):
That's pretty disgraceful, both from the parties, and from a society where the general public are so divorced from proceedings that not one person is prepared to stand outside of the party apparatus.

Then there must be something to be said for compulsory voting (like here) because you can guarantee that the two major parties at least will put candidates up in Local, State, and Federal elections (then again there may not be much to say for compulsory voting when we have so many Pollies and so many levels of Government for such a small population) (latter part said in a Churchillian manner).

By the way did Neil (or whatever his name is) from the "7Up" series get re-elected?

Quoting Banco (Reply 9):
Burgess Hill, Brighton or Horsham

Careful giving out any form of triangulation. Old Bomber crews might not be able to resist targetting where you live. (That's about a 12 km radius isn't it? Wonder what Mt warhead that would require?)



"I told you I was ill ..." Spike Milligan
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 897 times:

Quoting TSV (Reply 14):
Then there must be something to be said for compulsory voting

Well, there are pros and cons with that. Allowing people to be apathetic is in many ways important too. I've never really liked the idea overly much, but I know others do.

Quoting TSV (Reply 14):
Careful giving out any form of triangulation. Old Bomber crews might not be able to resist targetting where you live. (That's about a 12 km radius isn't it? Wonder what Mt warhead that would require?)

My dear chap. I am so important that two Tornados are permanently stationed above Banco Towers to ensure that all undesirables are kept away from the estate.  snooty 



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2101 posts, RR: 21
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 888 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 15):
My dear chap. I am so important that two Tornados are permanently stationed above Banco Towers to ensure that all undesirables are kept away from the estate.

Surely Mrs Banco must let you in occasionally?  Silly



Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
User currently offlineTSV From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 1641 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 887 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 15):
Banco Towers

Is that anything like Fawlty Towers (or is that Watery Fowls?)



"I told you I was ill ..." Spike Milligan
User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 879 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 15):
My dear chap. I am so important that two Tornados are permanently stationed above Banco Towers to ensure that all undesirables are kept away from the estate

Also known as Belmarsh.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2101 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 872 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 18):
Also known as Belmarsh.

Poor, just poor .......



Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 871 times:

Quoting Gordonsmall (Reply 19):
Poor, just poor .......

Yes, but enough about your financial status



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 863 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 20):
Yes, but enough about your financial status

Isn't that pot and kettle?  Yeah sure


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 863 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 21):
Isn't that pot and kettle? Yeah sure

Pick a windae ye Blackpool fool (I'll be back down there in a few weeks time for 4 days  Wink )



When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineGordonsmall From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2001, 2101 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 858 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 20):
Yes, but enough about your financial status

If only you could begin to comprehend the truth about my current financial status ....  Wink



Statistically, people who have had the most birthdays tend to live the longest.
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 832 times:

A grim night for Tony Blair sees Labour lose more than 250 councillors - with the Tories making big gains and The British National Party doubles its councillors - with its biggest gains in Barking and Dagenham.

25 LGW : Excellent night for the Tories with Labour loosing their grip and the Liberals showing no real signs of making any headway. Trying to blame a week of
26 LGW : Banco, "They recently came up with a fabulous little wheeze to start charging for parking in the village where I live." Juts out of interest which vil
27 Post contains images Banco : She's usually out and about ministering to the tenants and serfs.
28 Post contains images Gordonsmall : Yes, I gather Kirkie can be hard work at the best of times ...
29 Banco : When he shows up, all she has to do is direct the peasants with their pitchforks. They're quite keen to chase him away, as apparently when he comes w
30 Post contains images Gkirk : See, that's one of the things that annoys me most. People that are snobs So from this moment on, Banco, we are at war! Anyway, trust everyone that vo
31 Post contains images Christa : Excellent news for the Conservatives, although I believe that they have lost Richmond Upon Thames to the Liberals. The Conservatives had around 40% of
32 Post contains images Gordonsmall : I suspect it'll be Vietnam all over again, after all Kirkie, you drink the same crap as the yanks, one can imagine your un-assisted war will be just
33 Post contains images Banco : Snobs? Good heavens man, she works extremely hard to allow the likes of yourself to write an "X" at the bottom of the contract giving me all profits.
34 Post contains images Gkirk :
35 LGW : Charles Clarke has been sacked from the govermnent, Mr Blair said only a few days ago that Clarke shouldnt be sacked and should stay to sort the probl
36 BHXFAOTIPYYC : These results are good news for the British people. Looks like people have finally got wise to Blair and 9 years of pure bullshit.
37 Myt332 : Still better than 18 years of Conservative crap.
38 Post contains images Banco : If there's one certainty, it's that we all hate the government - always.
39 Myt332 : Oh crap, I didn't get around to voting last night and now Chorley is back to being Conservative. Shit. Let this be a lesson to people.
40 Post contains images Leezyjet : Me neither. This was going to be the first year I ever voted too, and I forgot !!. Oh well - it makes no difference to me. They are all a bunch of ly
41 Banco : The sad thing is, most of them aren't. Sure, you do get the usual charlatans who are out for themselves, but most politicians are (at least at the ou
42 GDB : Indeed Banco, if we think that politicians should be hammered for being not very good at running things, doing things in general, then that also goes
43 Singapore_Air : Oh please. It was a disastrous night for Labour by all accounts. Labour now has an ironic mandate for renewal, and fast. The public voted against Labo
44 Banco : Governments always lose power. Oppositions never win. If you think that people voted in Labour in 1997 because they were in love with their policies,
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