UK Elections Today: From My Perch

EXercising their democratic rights...

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.

Free to cast their votes like everyone else...

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.

Author: IslandMeri

I am based in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this blog is to share my magic moments in Papua New Guinea, elsewhere in the Pacific and the world. I have many creative pursuits - singing, songwriting, amateur photography and blogging.

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