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I suppose it had to happen, people desperate for beer-money or protesters against the miniscule differences between political party manifestoes. Oh I realise, on the surface, New Labour and Conservative suits may appear to offer real choices. But do they? Election promises, over the years, have gradually achieved the status of excellent material for writers of comedy. There are thousands of them (comedy writers) who view the oncoming General Election with hand-rubbing glee. The rest of us regard it as something lurking around a corner that we’d rather avoid. Those who can be bothered to have a view.

I was actually rendered speechless, an event in itself – ask my fellow students, when I first read about people selling their votes on E-bay. Is that what we’ve been forced to sink to in this country? Highest bidder can have our polling-cards? Good God – what’s next? If anybody’s reading this and considering selling their vote, I would ask them to remember the Representation of the People Act. It is illegal to sell your vote. If you want to register your disapproval then go along to the polling station on E-day and spoil the ballot paper.

Not only that, there’s also the risk of postal voting frauds occurring. Now, I would sound paranoid if I said some politicians might be unscrupulous enough to slip a back-hander to somebody to sponsor the organisation of the aforementioned fraud. I’m sure such a thought never crossed anyone’s mind who wanted to serve his/her constituency honestly.

I reckon there could be some interesting developments over the next few years, there’s local council elections, European parliament elections, the occasional bye-election.

Getcha voting card ‘ere, roll up, roll up, luvverly polling card for sale, get it while it’s ‘ot – by the way, I’m only kidding. I think I preferred voter apathy.

In five hundred years time, most of us will be forgotten dust. But Hitler will still be remembered, God loves irony.

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The following comments are for "Votes for Sale"
by Ogg

You raised all of my own concerns about this.

I have always been a Tory, and that isn't going to change. I know it is not fashionable but, I agree with them more than anyone else, I have to say that over the oast few years they have really put the work in and are making sense. Oh I know about Mr. Howards history and blah blah blah. I'm just glad I am not voting Tory out of a tactic because I hate Blair. I simply agree with them.

Postal voting is simply the worst thing ever, talk about trying to wringe the electorate dry for every last vote. Whether it be ethical or not.

One thing people need to remember, the media is self serving, they are not for the people otherwise they would be printing the facts.

Alex, proud to be blue.

( Posted by: londongrey [Member] On: April 24, 2005 )

Hi Alex
Thanks for commenting, it's always good to hear from you. I absolutely agree about the 'screw you-I'm alright Jack' mind-set of the media (hmm - there's a poem lurking in there). I could never vote Tory, but have absolutely no faith in this New Labour bunch of tossers. Socialism has been thrown out the window and I recognise the twin idiocies of Fascism and Communism - far to extreme for my palate. I usually vote for Green Party or any other Independent candidate.

Anyway, take care
Paul the Ogg

( Posted by: Ogg [Member] On: April 25, 2005 )

Votes for sale on E-Bay? Gah!!! It appears we are truly living in interesting times when a current event or news broadcast seems to mirror an Orwellian Novel - true it's illegal to sell votes...I almost want to laugh at the absurdity of some policies these days. Anyhow, you make an excellent point in this article, Ogg.

~Michele, proud to be her own media source

( Posted by: Tigerlily [Member] On: April 27, 2005 )

Speaking of mirrors
Blah! There are two freaky-same pictures up on here!!! Yikes! Alex and Paul - are you robot twins?

( Posted by: GibsonGirl [Member] On: April 27, 2005 )

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