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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 26/05/09, 08:49    Post subject: Electoral Reform Reply with quote

Do you feel that your vote at general elections is of no significance with the first past the post system that is currently used?

Let the government see that there is a ground swell for electoral reform throughout the country by signing the partition on: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/prwestminster/?signed=e80defa.9d9d1a
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geoff



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PostPosted: 27/05/09, 09:07    Post subject: What's the point of voting ? Reply with quote

I have felt this way for many years. It makes not one jot of difference how (or if) I vote - see http://www.floating-voter.com/?m=200711

It is time we felt that our vote matters. The freedom to vote has been won by much strife in the past and it is a travesty that the value of our vote is now so devalued.

The optimist in me hopes that we have, at last, reached the point of no return, where simply reviewing MP's allowances and letting people choose which school their kids go to, is not nearly enough to satisfy the long-suffering electorate. MPs must be made to understand that full-scale remodelling of the electoral system is the minimum we will now accept.

The cynic in me suspects that once the baying hounds of the press have finished tearing the immoral MPs to shreds they will lick their bloodied chops and move on to some celebrity wedding or other and we will be back to the pretence of democracy.

Of course, we will only get a representative voting system if the self-serving, trough-snuffling MPs vote for it - we are more likely to see queues of turkeys voting for a bi-annual Xmas.

Geoff.
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Rhodie



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PostPosted: 27/05/09, 14:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Of course, we will only get a representative voting system is if the self-serving, trough-snuffling MPs vote for it - we are more likely to see queues of turkeys voting for a bi-annual Xmas.


Exactly


Quote:
Sunday, 4 February 2001 Independent on Sunday
"Tony Blair is expected to drop his pledge to hold a referendum on electoral reform for the House of Commons".


Political parties are usually only too keen to promise a change to PR when in opposition. Once elected they for some reason loose the impetus. But we are now seeing the party in power in the form of a contender for the Labour leadership – Alan Johnson - courting a PR voting system. Perhaps an indication that he like all of us cannot see Labour winning the next general election. Of course the likely winners – the Tories – do not want PR – at the present time!.

As it is obvious that the ruling party after the next election will not be interested in PR there must be a referendum on PR before the election. That is why as much as you may hate this government, calling for an immediate election, although you are not likely to get one, would loose the opportunity of achieving a fair voting system for at least another five and a half years.

It has been said that the Westminster crisis offers a unique opportunity for reform of parliament. But will we let it slip through our fingers? Some of us believed that the credit crunch also offered an opportunity. In this case to steer industry towards the production of sustainable products and what did we get? From the man of ‘vision’ the scraping of serviceable ten year old cars to produce more of the same.
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