Monday May 02, 2005

Google Election

I'm not sure when this was done but if you Google for liar and it takes you to Tony Blair's Bigraphy on the 10 Downing Street site, nice touch. Not that that really makes any difference since Michael Howard says he would have gone to war even sooner than Tony did! Of the three main Parties only the Lib Dems offer a different view. However the real question is whether they would follow Bush to war again on flimsy evidence or like last time no evidence at all.

Any one know of any more UK political Google tricks going on?

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Sunday May 01, 2005

Labour Posters Spotted

Three Labour posters spotted in Dorking during today's ride.

They did not even contain the name of the candidate, or if they did it was so small that they could not be read as we cycled past.

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Saturday Apr 30, 2005

Election update

For the first time ever I will have the opportunity of voting for a candidate from the Monster Raving Loony Party. Given how safe the seat is it would almost not be a wasted vote. I won't however as I would be gutted if the result came down to one vote. I can dream.

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Friday Apr 29, 2005

Election roundup

As the election looms up on us, here is today's election round up.

During today's ride I did a totally unscientific survey of the election. Going by the poster seen today there are just two parties contesting the election. The Lib Dems and the Tories. Now I know the area would not be a traditional Labour area but I did not see a single poster for them. Could it be that they are taking a back seat in the seats where they would take votes away from the Lib Dems?

Also only one poster contained a photo of the candidate. That of Anne Milton in the Guildford constituency which having seen the photo looks to me be a mistake, but the election should be decided on issues and not as a beauty contest. So why publish the photo on the poster?

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Thursday Apr 28, 2005

Tactical Voting

Just for those who had not heard we are in the approach to a General Election in the U.K. I live in one of the safest seats in the country where the sitting MP got 49% of the vote last time round. With the other two candidates splitting the rest of the vote.

Anyway I just got this email from a friend (I've removed some details to hide the senders identity):

Is tactical voting morally acceptable, would you say?

I can't decide: do I vote LibDem - and in XXXX they are currently 2nd and stand a chance - to register my displeasure with Bliar?

Or do I vote Labour, despite not liking them, so as to avoid any possibility of the Cons getting back in nationally? Labour losing XXXX to LibDem could mean that they don't have enough seats.

Leaving aside whether the politics of the parties, is if you support Party X and don't want Party Y to form a government is it right to vote tactically for Party Z if they are the only one to realistically challenge Party Y in your seat?

My answer is yes. In the first past the post system we have tactical voting is entirely justified. However on the precise question unless the Tories could win the seat there is no issue. If the Lib Dems were to win the seat it moves us closer to a hung parliament which would be a very different thing than a Tory win.

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