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I've voted; have you?
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I have now cast my utterly futile vote for a third party candidate who stands no chance of winning in this constituency, and whose party wouldn't have a chance of forming a government even if he did. Thusly have I ensured my right to bitch about Tony Blair for the next five years. Or rather, to bitch about Tony Blair for the next couple of years until Gordon Brown takes over, and then to bitch about Gordon Brown. Hurrah!

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If it does you any good, I ensured my right to bitch about Bush for eight years.

Yeah, it was small consolation to me, as well. Eight - or even four - years is plenty enough time to start something Big and Nasty.

Even less so for you, with no term limits. Well, let's just hope the good citizens of Great Britain come around in their thinking.

I was surprised to hear that Bill Clinton had been over there stumping for him. What's the word on that?

I'm grateful for term limits every day.

Oh! On the news just now, they say Blair might not win, at least not by such a landslide, but that his Party probably will.

And... the British Consulate in New York just had two small (toy) grenades explode outside of it.

Note what's said about anger at Blair over the Iraqi war. But maybe the mood's different over there, more favorable toward Blair, and I should read the BBC.

Alas, I'm lazy. I haven't been to bed yet, and I've just discovered that my cats have been peeing behind my bed, and onto some of my favorite books and old computer equipment.

I love my cats, but sometimes... *shakes head*

I had bronchitis for a month or so, and this is what I "wake up" too. Brother.

The elections are "dominated by anger with Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for the Iraq war", but mostly on the grounds that there's nothing to really complain about. It's a good sign for Labour that the best thing the other parties can think of to stir up trouble about is foreign policy, which people don't care about anywhere near as deeply as things which actually affect them like the NHS; it means they haven't vastly screwed up anything in this country that we've noticed yet, and hence are probably going to stay in power.

We do have term limits, we just don't have a fixed term. The maximum term for a parliament is 5 years, but elections are usually called before that time, at a time when the government thinks that things are relatively favourable for them.

It's unsurprising that Clinton supports Blair, since they're politicaly and ideologically very close. Blair really isn't too bad except for the Iraq fiasco, and the lying about it. His style of government is fairly bad, and there are several of his policies that I don't like, but in terms of running the country, I'll grudgingly concede that he's not done too bad. And he's certainly a whole lot better than the main alternative, which is the Conservative party and Michael Howard, both of which are thoroughly ghastly.

I'm also not really sure how Blair could lose but his party win. I'm not sure how much you know about our voting system, but it works like this: The country is split up into 647 (I think!) constituencies. Each constituency then runs on a first past the post system, and returns an MP (member of parliament). The party which has the majority of MPs then forms the government, with their leader as the prime minister. So providing Blair wins his constituency of Sedgefield -- and it's very unlikely that he won't -- then how he does ad how his party does are exactly the same.

646 constituencies, and only 645 are being fought tonight because the MP for Stafford (?South) died.

No, the Lib Dem candidate died. He hadn't been MP and was unlikely to be elected.

Indeed -- apologies for the brain-fingers disconnect there.

Voted earlier today - So for once, I'm entitled to whinge too :)

"I have now cast my utterly futile vote for a third party candidate who stands no chance of winning in this constituency"

Me too, hurrah!

We voted too, simple, easy and well worth doing. There were quite a few people coming in and out of the polling station which was heartening.


I have now cast my utterly futile vote for a third party candidate who stands no chance of winning in this constituency

Heh. Me too -- except I voted for Labour.

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