Today UK and Commonwealth citizens exercised their democratic right and voted for the political party(ies) they favoured and who they believed would provide a stable and progressive leadership the country needs for the next five years. During the past month our eyes and ears were accosted with campaign slogans, statements, veiled mud-slinging and plain talking. As an expat here it is truly a time to be here in the UK. Two general elections have taken place since I’ve been here – 2005 and 2010.
I admired the three main political parties for the inaugural public Prime Ministerial debates akin to the US Presidential debates. Very interesting for what its worth. I followed the first one only and switched off for the rest of the debates. I just got a little bored with the same old same old, rhetoric and often personal attacks, and the likelihood of a hung Parliament – it means different things to different people and for me its neither here nor there. I reckon I really don’t have a stomach for politics. The media was often too indulgent, judgemental and dogmatic – media freedom notwithstanding. Not palatable for some – moi ausi.
For the first time also information technology has played a large part in supporting the campaigns for the various political parties entering this general elections. The use of Twitter, bloggers burning the midnight oil, websites, social networks like Facebook etc.
A trillion thanks to the early suffrogette movement for fighting for women to have the right to vote at general elections. Well, this is 21st Century Britain and today, 6 May, 2010, large numbers of women went to polling stations throughout the country to vote – without fear and with democratic rights intact to do so. These women in my area were going to cast their votes as the night slowly crept in. I was so moved and proud.
Believe it or not the first result as just in for Houghton and Sunderland and a woman, Bridget Phillipson, a Labour candidate is now duly elected with 19, 137 votes. Almost 10,000 votes between her and the Conservative candidate. A minute ago another woman, Sharon Hodgson, a Labour candidate with 19, 615 votes over 10,000 to the nearest Conservative candidate. Two women in the forefront for Labour.
The counting continues but I head off to bed…
I’ll find out in the morning whether a Conservative or Labour majority is in power or a hung Parliament.