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Post by Kaere on Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:56 pm

Our election days are whenever, I don't recall them ever needing to be on a special evening. I do know however that you may not do any electioneering on the day of the election. Standard fare, I think.
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu Apr 16, 2015 12:49 am

It is similar Ka. Here all electioneering must stop and all hoardings must be removed by 7.00pm the day before. Advertising must stop at the same time.

The ballots open at 9.00am and close at 7.00pm.

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Post by Rogue on Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:22 am


Our polling places are open 8am - 6pm on the day, but nowadays many people (around 20% but even up as much as 50% in some electorates) vote before Election day at pre-polling centres.
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Post by Stirky on Thu May 07, 2015 5:14 pm

Oh I'm nervous! Exit polls are not looking good, looking like the Tories are coming out on top Sad
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Post by Stirky on Thu May 07, 2015 5:15 pm

SNP look likely to gain a lot of seats with the Lib dems losing lots!
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Post by Rockhopper on Thu May 07, 2015 6:00 pm

Not looking good for Labour Stirkles. Or even FPP! It seems hat you will have a variant of MMP whether you want it or not.

The problem with a Coalition under FPP is that there is no controls on what and who can form a Govt.

We changed to MMP in 1996 after all the bullshit similar to what you are experienceing right now. Each voter gets two votes (one for the MP and one for the party) and there is a threshold of 5% party votes to get in. When a MP is voted in he/she can take two party members in too. The parties must display a list in order so people can see who is the potential member will be should that happen. The purpose is so that no single party can get full control. Smaller parties are supposed to moderate the main ones. That moderation doesn't happen in a FPP Coalition, the smaller party gets lost in the noise.

The UK is one of the last countries to hold onto FPP, most others are various forms of MMP. France has a STV for their pressie elections but the general Election is MMP.

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Post by Agartha on Fri May 08, 2015 3:46 am

David Cameron has won with a majority... lots of UKIP votes where I live.... I am gobsmacked.....
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Post by Agartha on Fri May 08, 2015 3:47 am

@Stirky wrote:Oh I'm nervous! Exit polls are not looking good, looking like the Tories are coming out on top Sad

I was feeling exactly the same.... and he has won..... now the rich and old are settled, but not good for the young, the working class people and the NHS Shocked Mad Crying or Very sad
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Post by Rockhopper on Fri May 08, 2015 4:24 am

My 2c worth: Ed Milliband didn't distance Labour from the Blair/Brown idiocy. From what I saw here he was essentially following the same policies as his predecessors did. Simply put; Tweedledee/Tweedledum politics.

So you have more Austerity, sell-offs and a destruction of the Social fabric of your nation.

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Post by Agartha on Fri May 08, 2015 5:53 am

Many people have voted conservatives just to keep the SNP out. But you are correct, Ed Miliband was the wrong man for labour, too similar to Blair/Brown and many didn't like him as he backstabbed his own brother.

Yes Tim, not only more austerity for the working class people, but also the infamous Snoopers Charter will probably be implemented as there is no coalition party to stop it (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/snoopers-charter-set-to-return-to-law-as-theresa-may-suggests-conservative-majority-could-lead-to-huge-increase-in-surveillance-powers-10235578.html)

And, what hurts the most is thinking about my beloved NHS.... if the National Health System is privatised I will not continue to work for the local authorities.
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Post by Rockhopper on Fri May 08, 2015 6:16 am

Yes it's serious Ags. The NHS is an important part of modern Brit. lifestyle and a necessity too.

Some-one once said that in a Democracy people get the Govt. they deserve but I can't see this ending well.

The Tories didn't push Scotland (not their base) and Labour seemed to take it for granted so didn't push it well either. Labour lost because of that too.

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Post by Lenzabi on Fri May 08, 2015 8:16 am

Is there nothing the good folks of England can do to protect their NHS and also avoid the Police state snoopers? It looks like less what Mirror thought would happen and more the darkness closing in with the nuts elected to office.

Seems American political thought in line with Corporate dominance is clutching Britain by the throat

It's like America is spreading the disease of stupid all over the globe!

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Post by Stirky on Fri May 08, 2015 8:29 am

I am gutted, 5 more years of cuts and it will only get worse Sad I feel bad for people on benefits (like the disabled, elderly and carers) that are not getting a fair deal and will lose out even more now. They have even said that child benefits will be cut and the tax credits, a lot of families rely on these! The NHS is in big trouble, we all know it's been coming for a while and the Tories not getting in was the only hope of making the NHS great again. The Tories do not protect our countryside and wildlife. God knows what is going to happen to our country in the next five years Sad Sad Sad
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Post by Stirky on Fri May 08, 2015 10:45 am

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Post by Lenzabi on Fri May 08, 2015 1:04 pm


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Post by Rockhopper on Fri May 08, 2015 1:50 pm

This is a problem alright! Now Labour has to get really stuck into the Tories over their policies and make the buggars work very hard to push their skewed ideology through. Has Labour got the balls to do that? Sadly I doubt it! There are still many Blair/Brownies in there who tacitly agree with the Tories.

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Post by Stirky on Fri May 08, 2015 5:45 pm

We are all fooked I believe, unless you are stinking rich, then that's fine!!

I just hope their policies aren't actually as bad in fruition as we are all believing! I may actually move to a different country (hahaha, yeah like that is going to happen!!!)
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Post by Rogue on Sat May 09, 2015 12:29 am


Good lord!! That was a big surprise!!! ...now for a conspiracy theory...
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Post by Agartha on Sat May 09, 2015 4:05 am

@Stirky wrote:We are all fooked I believe, unless you are stinking rich, then that's fine!!

I just hope their policies aren't actually as bad in fruition as we are all believing! I may actually move to a different country (hahaha, yeah like that is going to happen!!!)

I am feeling exactly the same, I am actually worried about their plans, more cuts for those who need help the most, more personal surveillance, the bleeding TTIP that will privatise the NHS more than it is now (10% so far)...

Some people voted for the Tories to stop mass immigration.... don't they realize the conservatives are selling their country to foreigners? How many companies are still British owned? The conservatives do not want the poor immigrants, but they love the rich ones! Half of London is owned by Middle Eastern companies!!
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Post by Rockhopper on Sat May 09, 2015 5:16 am

One can hope that some of Cameron's Back Benchers who don't like him will pull back from the brink but I not holding my breath.

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