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View Poll Results: What is the likely result of the 2015 UK General Election?
Conservatives win outright majority 1 3.13%
Labour win outright majority 1 3.13%
Hung parliament; Conservatives able to form a government 15 46.88%
Hung parliament; Labour able to form a government 4 12.50%
Chaos / no party able to form stable govt 8 25.00%
No idea / too unpredictable 3 9.38%
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Old 04.02.2015, 10:26
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I'd register to vote, but there's no point. Under UK's lovely FPP system, my vote will be counted in SE London (as far as I know) which means that there's no chance anyone other than torries will win that seat.
Erm, winning an individual seat has nothing to do with FPP. In fact, constituency ballots are probably the single most fair thing about the UK ballot system; the person with the most votes wins the seat. Simple.
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Sorry, I deleted my post. When did that change come about? It was never like that when I voted... I understood the party was never mentioned!
I found the answer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...United_Kingdom

The Electoral Commission's Register of Political Parties[2] lists the details of parties registered to fight elections, and their registered name, in the United Kingdom. Under current electoral law, including the Registration of Political Parties Act, the Electoral Administration Act 2006, and the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, only registered party names can be used on ballot papers by those wishing to fight elections. Candidates who do not belong to a registered party can use "independent" or no label at all.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

If you're struggling to decide, here's a nice tool you can have some fun with.

http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/
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Old 04.02.2015, 16:51
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Thats great thanks, I have been meaning to register for ages. The old system meant you had to find somebody British here to vouch for you, but I didn't know any Brits personally living in Zürich until recently.
There are people who know me and people who might vouch for me, but those categories don't overlap for some reason ..
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Old 04.02.2015, 16:59
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)


wot, no Screaming Lord Sutch?
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Old 05.02.2015, 00:55
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Erm, winning an individual seat has nothing to do with FPP. In fact, constituency ballots are probably the single most fair thing about the UK ballot system; the person with the most votes wins the seat. Simple.
But what Bozza meant, I presume, is that FPTP means that most of the electorate -- including him -- are effectively disenfranchised. In a PR system, depending on which variant is used, your vote is much more likely to count.

Under FPTP, if your constituency is (say) solidly 40+% Tory, those supporting other parties may as well not bother. If there are 20 similar seats clustered together, 20 Tories will be returned, leaving all supporters of other parties without representation. But under PR, if the constituency is 20 times larger, returning 20 MPs, then your vote is combined with all the other (say) Labour voters and may well produce 4 or 5 Labour MPs. If you vote UKIP, you may get 2 or 3 MPs from such a constituency, but under FPTP you will get none.

FPTP is too drastic. It's winner takes all, leading to a situation where nationally, 10-15% might vote UKIP and another 5-10% vote Green (just going on current polls), yet these 15-25% of voters are likely to get between 3 and 6 MPs in total out of 650.

I don't care if you hate the Greens or hate UKIP, or Labour, or anyone else. The voting system is a total affront to democracy.

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Old 28.04.2015, 12:26
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

So everyone that can already voted? Got my postal ballot paper sat on my desk. As this election campaign has gone on I've found myself getting more and more pissed off, not only with the candidates, but also with the process itself. Perhaps I've been in Switzerland too long. Anyhow, after a long, hard thought I think I'll be drawing the best cock I can muster on my ballot paper before returning it (Priority Post) to my home constituency. Worth it? Probably not.
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Old 28.04.2015, 12:36
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Anyhow, after a long, hard thought I think I'll be drawing the best cock I can muster on my ballot paper before returning it (Priority Post) to my home constituency. Worth it? Probably not.
Good to know that your forefathers gave their lives and stormed foreign shores to defend your present and future rights in a democratic monarchy so that you can draw penises on your key to choosing the next UK Government.








Just kidding. Don't forget to add a few squirts from on your work of art for a better effect

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Old 28.04.2015, 12:44
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Hehe, I've never spoiled a ballot paper in my life, may as well do it properly! Just can't believe it took me this long to realise a cross in a box every 5 years is a pretty far cry from democracy.
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Old 28.04.2015, 13:03
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Finally, a celebrity endorsement for UKIP:

http://metro.co.uk/2015/04/26/moors-...tters-5167656/
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Old 28.04.2015, 14:48
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after a long, hard thought I think I'll be drawing the best cock I can muster on my ballot paper.
A long hard thought, huh? You're just bragging now.

Don't forget the hairy Balls if you're a Labour supporter.
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Old 28.04.2015, 17:53
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Today is #EdBallsDay

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/...et-special-day

Nope, I don't get it either.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

The whole farce makes we want to slash my wrists.

Wall-to-wall hysterical non-stop reporting by all the UK news channels.....

he said that she said................like primary school kids arguing over which family has the nicest car.


And after the election...... more hysterical coverage of attempts to form a government.

Maybe uncle Jozef was not totally wrong?
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Old 29.04.2015, 08:07
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

What would you change, ratbag?
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

Perhaps start by limiting any mp to a maximum total term(s)of 8 or 10 years.?

Prosecute them for lying during the campaign process..... NO UTURNS!!

If they make any promises..... ensure they suffer for backsliding.

Politicians are, after all, the lowest form of life on t'planet.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

are UK citizens living abroad allowed to vote in UK elections?
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are UK citizens living abroad allowed to vote in UK elections?

Yes, we can register as an Overseas voter, (no guarantee your vote arrives on time, with post) or as a Proxy voter, (somebody votes on your behalf).
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are UK citizens living abroad allowed to vote in UK elections?
Yes as long as they haven't lived outside the UK for more than 15 years ( which rules us out) and they have registered to vote before the cut off date.
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Yes as long as they haven't lived outside the UK for more than 15 years ( which rules us out) and they have registered to vote before the cut off date.
Thanks, 15 years is reasonable as a cut off time. Irish voters can't vote at all in Ireland once they have left the country which I find MOST unfair.
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Re: UK General Election 2015: May 7 (poll)

If anyone is interested in a breakfast debrief on Friday May 8, look at bscc.co.uk. See you there?
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