You are voting, aren’t you…
With a huge percentage of us not yet decided about who to vote for, I thought I’d (again) pull together all these nifty sites that have popped up during campaigning.
I can’t imagine why someone would not vote. Especially it seems to me crucial that women do. Women before us lost their lives in the fight to give us the same rights as men (eventually). One of my life regrets is not talking to my grandmothers about how it felt to vote for the first time, aged well over 18! Of course, there are many people in the world today who are not able to exercise this simple right. So, if you are still planning on not voting, then go on, opt out. Opt out of your right to moan about any public services, opt out of your place in our community. Me, I’m ready and I know what I am going to do. It’s not what I usually do, but then this election is anything but usual.
Right, rant over.
My earlier blog post here, gives a few links, which are mostly related to registering and finding out who your candidates are.
Here’s the more useful list at his stage. Websites helping you take a look at party policies and how they compare to your own views:
If you find any more, please do put a hyper-link in the comments. Happy voting and I’ll see you on the other side.
I do love an election and our own country’s General Election ranks as one of the more exciting. Whatever we think about politicians – and they give us plenty to think about – it is certainly the case that we can all influence who it is that gets to work in Westminster on our behalf. But of course, that is only true if we actually bother to vote. In 1997 the MP in my new seat won by 2 (yes two) votes. It makes you think!
[As an aside, this website http://www.voterpower.org.uk/ also makes you think - but even with a low voter power, it's worth the gentle stroll to the polling station, cos if no-one else does...]
But, back to main point: this election is different from any other I’ve lived through, for many reasons:
- The two main parties are pretty close in the polls.
- For the first time the internet will have a major part to play
- A fair few boundary changes shift the picture
- I’ve moved out of Brum after 30 odd years, and have no real feel for the politics down here.
So, I thought I’d knock up a quick and easy blog to pull together some resources I’ve found useful in pondering where to pop my cross. My hope is that everyone I know will decide to vote. So first things first:
Are you registered?
I felt sure I was, it seems the only way to check is by phone or in person to your local council (of which I appear to have about 3!). This website from the Electoral Reform Commission is a great place to start though: http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/ pop in your post code and you are away. You have until April 20th to do this for this General Election. Mind you, if you should miss it by any chance – it is still worth doing it, you never know when another may come along!
Which is your constituency and who is standing?
The Guardian appears to have the new constituencies on their site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/general-election-2010
Your Next MP will also get you there quickly, but with less follow up information:
A wiki is being built about the candidates: They Want to work for you , so you can take a look and add to it if you have more information.
And if any of the candidates have been MPs you can have a good look at their voting record, expenses claims and more at the fabulous They Work for You site
Whose Policies do you support?
There are a plethora of websites this time helping you work out which parties have policies which match your own personal views, here are the ones I’ve stumbled over:
Of course, there is also a strong web presence from each political party, but I reckon you can work out how to find them!
So, this is a pretty simple post which pulls together a few nifty bits of the web. I hope you enjoy them. But mostly I hope you vote.
PS the big day is Thursday May 6th – put it in your diary… NOW!
We recently attended a Burns Night party, in Hampshire. It was a fabulous evening. I learnt a lot about Robert Burns, of whom it seems I was mostly ignorant. We recited and sang his poems, drank toasts, ate haggis and won a quiz on Scotland.
It’s been a long time since a party has left such a mark on me, and it got me thinking. We’ve left our beloved Brum – and what do we get to show for it. A script that seeks to defend our fabulous home city against the usual digs and jibes; a list of all the great things that really have come out of the city and an accent that sets us aside from the received pronunciation that is Hampshire.
So how about we create some kind of celebration of Cadbury’s heritage and all things chocolate. It certainly didn’t take us long to come up with a few ideas for a great night:
- Chocolate – fountains, fondue, bars, boxes of, cakes, puddings you name it.
- Drinks – hot chocolate, chocolate infused in vodka,
- Cadbury quiz
- Chocolate songs – surely there are some!
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on the DVD – or better Chocolat!
- Purple themed everything
Well to make it really work, we need a mass commitment to it. So how about a few of us agree to hosting a party in our own home /venue of our choice. How about we share a quiz, invites, website to capture the event?
Anyone up for it?
I thought we could do it just before Kraft take over – does anybody know when that is?
If you’re interested, leave a comment, if there are more than a couple of us, let’s give it a try. If it doesn’t catch on, so what, we’ll have had a great time finding out!
Further to my earlier contemplative blog post, “ Bins, Baltis or both?“, I’ve decided my answer is neither.
I thought I could get into writing a new regular themed blog post about Baltis. In particular Baltis away from their natural homeland of the Balti Triangle in Birmingham.
After I posted that idea, I ate a Balti in a local restaurant: a hugely popular Indian Restaurant, a short walk from home. The others in my party really enjoyed their meals. I did not. I chose a Balti (shown left) and regretted it straight away. It wasn’t even served in a balti dish – and I’m sorry, but I draw the line at eating a balti from a plate!
So, I have decided, I cannot keep putting myself through this. Why would I choose a meal that is going to let me down, just so I can write that it let me down. When I go to an Indian restaurant down south, I’ll stick to the stuff they’re good at and save my Baltis for Brum.
So what about these bins? Well to be honest, the regular posting just doesn’t work with my new wheelie bin freedom. I don’t even have to wheel the bins to the front, so there is absolutely no weekly routine. As explained in this post from April 2009, that I started blogging about them so I could check what time I was putting the bins out, it now seems a little fruitless. Also interesting that even then I was wondering whether to continue. I’m glad I did, but enough, as they say, is enough.
I will post the occasional photo – perhaps if it’s a good stash, or an interesting bin, maybe even just because. But my routine bin blogging days are done. Sorry followers of @binfairy, especially if you were banking on me! Then again, maybe I’ll set up daily bin day tweet reminder (well I’m not pormising!)
So what else then? The simple answer is I have no idea. But also, I don’t mind that. Something will emerge that captures my imagination, and this site will be ready for it. Meanwhile, I’m getting a huge amount of enjoyment from the Brimmin blog and will focus my energy and activity over there.