Thursday, May 05, 2005

Election Fever

Bill and I cycled down to St Peter's Church to vote - yes the Liberals were still handing out sweeties. Saw the Tory incumbent for the first time as well, chatting amiably with the Liberal hopeful. No sign of the Labour guy, he has probably resigned himself to losing Farnborough South.
Was tempted to vote Monster Raving Loony as he the only one I'd 'talk to in a bar' (Billy Connolly's definition of an electable person) - he's the landlord of the 'Dog and Partridge' in Yately.
But in the end I did the right thing, I voted Liberal. Gordon Brown says the War in Iraq was fought for economic reasons and I believe him. Gordon Brown wants me to vote Liberal!! I don't want to belong to a country that pours out the blood of its soldiers, not to mention that of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians, for cheap oil. When Gordon Brown takes over Labour Party leadership, then I'll vote Labour again, like the good socialist I am.
That's not the only reason of course. Here are the 10 good reasons to vote Liberal from their website:

WE OPPOSE: Putting targets first
WE PROPOSE: Putting patients first
Faster diagnosis so your NHS treatment can start more quickly

WE OPPOSE: Tuition fees & top up fees
WE PROPOSE: Scrapping student fees
Further education affordable to every student

WE OPPOSE: Compulsory I.D. Cards
WE PROPOSE: Spending the money on 10,000 more police
Funded by scrapping compulsory I.D. cards

WE OPPOSE: Selling your home to pay for care
WE PROPOSE: Free personal care for the elderly
No one forced to sell their home to pay for care

WE OPPOSE: Ignoring climate change
WE PROPOSE: Cleaner transport & cleaner energy
Cleaner transport, cleaner energy and a cleaner environment

WE OPPOSE: £1.5 billion on the child trust fund
WE PROPOSE: £1.5 billion towards reducing class sizes
Spend the £1.5 billion Child Trust Fund when it matters most

WE OPPOSE: Means-testing pensioners
WE PROPOSE: £100 extra per month starting with the over 75s
A million pensioners off means-testing

WE OPPOSE: Hidden tax increases
WE PROPOSE: Only one tax increase - on income above £100,000 per year
Only one tax increase on income over £100,000

WE OPPOSE: Unfair council tax
WE PROPOSE: Local income tax, saving typical households £450 per year
Local Income Tax is both fair and affordable

WE OPPOSE: Bush & Blair on Iraq
WE PROPOSE: Never again
It's time to restore trust in government

I agree with all of these.
Shame there was no Green candidate, that would have been my second choice.
Vote Tory? Nevvah!!

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