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11:04am Fri 23 May 14

mytaxes says...

Would it be possible to put the party after the candidate's name ? Why do so many people have a postal vote? Do they all have a disability or can't be bothered to go to a polling station?
Would it be possible to put the party after the candidate's name ? Why do so many people have a postal vote? Do they all have a disability or can't be bothered to go to a polling station? mytaxes
  • Score: -65

11:09am Fri 23 May 14

Fringe says...

The turnout percentages are disappointing in a true democracy such as ours. When over 60% of people can't be bothered to turn up and vote, then active minority groups and differing factions of one sort or another, get a larger voice/resources etc than they merit, without the restraining hand of the majority.
When things go pear shaped, don't complain if you didn't vote
The turnout percentages are disappointing in a true democracy such as ours. When over 60% of people can't be bothered to turn up and vote, then active minority groups and differing factions of one sort or another, get a larger voice/resources etc than they merit, without the restraining hand of the majority. When things go pear shaped, don't complain if you didn't vote Fringe
  • Score: -49

11:21am Fri 23 May 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Well done UKIP an excellent vote!
Well done UKIP an excellent vote! yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -57

11:34am Fri 23 May 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.
According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes. They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 28

11:58am Fri 23 May 14

Geoff Roberts says...

UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments.

UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it.

Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them.
UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments. UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it. Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: -16

12:32pm Fri 23 May 14

snert says...

Voting is a deeply personal thing. There is no right and wrong. You cannot condemn one person for their choice as it is specifically "their choice" and theirs alone. If it differs from yours it doesn't make it wrong, it simply makes it different to yours. People that don't vote fall into two categories. Those that can't be bothered and those that actively choose to not vote. Those that actively choose to not vote have their reasons, and again, it is thir choice as a democratic society allows them that choice. Just because you think it is wrong, doesn't make it wrong or you right.

I get sick of hearing the battle of putting others down for their choices rather than trying to extoll the reasons why you chose the way you did assuming you are public about which way you voted.
Voting is a deeply personal thing. There is no right and wrong. You cannot condemn one person for their choice as it is specifically "their choice" and theirs alone. If it differs from yours it doesn't make it wrong, it simply makes it different to yours. People that don't vote fall into two categories. Those that can't be bothered and those that actively choose to not vote. Those that actively choose to not vote have their reasons, and again, it is thir choice as a democratic society allows them that choice. Just because you think it is wrong, doesn't make it wrong or you right. I get sick of hearing the battle of putting others down for their choices rather than trying to extoll the reasons why you chose the way you did assuming you are public about which way you voted. snert
  • Score: 13

12:45pm Fri 23 May 14

mytaxes says...

Why do students have a vote in their university town and a vote in their home town? We have just read how many people opt for a postal vote so obviously they could do that. I object when those who do not pay council tax can vote for high spending wasteful councillors who continue to raise our council tax.
Why do students have a vote in their university town and a vote in their home town? We have just read how many people opt for a postal vote so obviously they could do that. I object when those who do not pay council tax can vote for high spending wasteful councillors who continue to raise our council tax. mytaxes
  • Score: 7

1:01pm Fri 23 May 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Modern democracy is a farce, it's there to ensure parties play by the establishment's rules and to distract the population away from affecting more radical change. In short, to keep the nation strong. We live in a world where we supposedly have so many options yet when it comes down to it, we get what we're given or we pick a colour based on loyalty, what others vote for and so on. In a way, those who choose not to vote are taking back more control than those who feel obliged to vote. Personally I think it's better, when you can't find the right candidate, to spoil your ballot paper, than not to vote. At least it shows you participated.

The real issue here for me isn't people not voting, it's that we're not afforded a 'none of the above' that would send a real message to all that there is something very wrong with the entire system.

As far as I'm concerned, if a system can't be replaced then it's not fit for purpose.

We can talk about referendums but referendums aren't people power, they are normally divisive tools of government that are afforded to the people in order, again, to make them feel they have a say. What tends to happen is that the question in referendums is set in such a way as to manipulate the electorate, gain votes for the party that initiated it.

People should take responsibility for their vote but I don't think people should be blamed for problems because they didn't vote.
Modern democracy is a farce, it's there to ensure parties play by the establishment's rules and to distract the population away from affecting more radical change. In short, to keep the nation strong. We live in a world where we supposedly have so many options yet when it comes down to it, we get what we're given or we pick a colour based on loyalty, what others vote for and so on. In a way, those who choose not to vote are taking back more control than those who feel obliged to vote. Personally I think it's better, when you can't find the right candidate, to spoil your ballot paper, than not to vote. At least it shows you participated. The real issue here for me isn't people not voting, it's that we're not afforded a 'none of the above' that would send a real message to all that there is something very wrong with the entire system. As far as I'm concerned, if a system can't be replaced then it's not fit for purpose. We can talk about referendums but referendums aren't people power, they are normally divisive tools of government that are afforded to the people in order, again, to make them feel they have a say. What tends to happen is that the question in referendums is set in such a way as to manipulate the electorate, gain votes for the party that initiated it. People should take responsibility for their vote but I don't think people should be blamed for problems because they didn't vote. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: -4

1:05pm Fri 23 May 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Cameron as usual banging on about 'the economy'. Whose economy? Not ours, it doesn't really serve us does it. Screw your economy.

Oh.

Seems to me the economy is screwing us.
Cameron as usual banging on about 'the economy'. Whose economy? Not ours, it doesn't really serve us does it. Screw your economy. Oh. Seems to me the economy is screwing us. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: -1

1:56pm Fri 23 May 14

the wizard says...

Quote,

Barry Norton, the Tory leader on West Oxfordshire District Council, said: "
Witney South is going to be the only place where Ukip have a chance.
"If we lose I think the people of Witney will have shot themselves in the foot."

Why, other people are entitled to a view and a vote of their choice. Just because it doesn't fall into your view it doesn't automatically become wrong.
Many would question the secret society the Town council are evolving under Tory leadership, just how wrong is that.

Others may choose to cite the constant flooding which again occurred yesterday at the junction of Welsh Way and High St, as it has done for many, many years, but what have you done to prevent it Mr Norton. Just what is your cabinet doing, allowing more and more developments with less and less infra structure improvements to support the new builds..
Shame on you Mr Norton for allowing the debacle of planning and lack of foresight to continue. Nappies and politicians need to be changed on a regular basis, for the same reason, which is why we have elections.
Quote, Barry Norton, the Tory leader on West Oxfordshire District Council, said: " Witney South is going to be the only place where Ukip have a chance. "If we lose I think the people of Witney will have shot themselves in the foot." Why, other people are entitled to a view and a vote of their choice. Just because it doesn't fall into your view it doesn't automatically become wrong. Many would question the secret society the Town council are evolving under Tory leadership, just how wrong is that. Others may choose to cite the constant flooding which again occurred yesterday at the junction of Welsh Way and High St, as it has done for many, many years, but what have you done to prevent it Mr Norton. Just what is your cabinet doing, allowing more and more developments with less and less infra structure improvements to support the new builds.. Shame on you Mr Norton for allowing the debacle of planning and lack of foresight to continue. Nappies and politicians need to be changed on a regular basis, for the same reason, which is why we have elections. the wizard
  • Score: 5

2:15pm Fri 23 May 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.
Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ?
[quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes. They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.[/p][/quote]Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 7

3:51pm Fri 23 May 14

the wizard says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
HomerSimpsonDoh wrote:
According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes.
They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.
Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ?
Old Double Dip Dave reckons we are in economic recovery, try telling that to food bank users in West Oxfordshire. We've had two World Wars and the highest interest rates ever under Thatcher, but folk still managed to feed themselves, but not with DD Dave in office, doesn't that tell you something ?
The rich getting richer while the poor slip deeper and deeper into poverty and despair.. We don't need out of Europe, we need out of hypocrisy and elitism and get back to some core values of decency and dignity.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HomerSimpsonDoh[/bold] wrote: According to the Tory toffs these elections should not count as less thna 50% of the people have voted. Well that's what they want to impose on Union votes. They cant have it both ways, although they will as usual, one way for them and one for the rest of us.[/p][/quote]Wasn't that how they got into power and had to join with the LibDems because they all got less than 50% at the general election ?[/p][/quote]Old Double Dip Dave reckons we are in economic recovery, try telling that to food bank users in West Oxfordshire. We've had two World Wars and the highest interest rates ever under Thatcher, but folk still managed to feed themselves, but not with DD Dave in office, doesn't that tell you something ? The rich getting richer while the poor slip deeper and deeper into poverty and despair.. We don't need out of Europe, we need out of hypocrisy and elitism and get back to some core values of decency and dignity. the wizard
  • Score: -1

6:11pm Fri 23 May 14

Geoff Roberts says...

Tony Brett deserved that.
Tony Brett deserved that. Geoff Roberts
  • Score: -3

8:38pm Fri 23 May 14

Madi50n says...

And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

Good luck with that.
And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor. What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year. Good luck with that. Madi50n
  • Score: 3

2:14am Sat 24 May 14

The New Private Eye says...

Madi50n wrote:
And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

Good luck with that.
Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor. What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year. Good luck with that.[/p][/quote]Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more The New Private Eye
  • Score: -1

9:41am Sat 24 May 14

stayingafloat says...

Geoff Roberts wrote:
UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments.

UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it.

Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them.
A precious self righteous person speaks.
[quote][p][bold]Geoff Roberts[/bold] wrote: UK Independence Party aren't really for UK Independence, they just want independence from Europe. If they gained power we'd still not be independent. Especially as Farage has shown support for Adolf Putin who supports UK because it's useful for agitating anti EU sentiment and progressing Putin's campaign of making European countries dependent on his gas supply which can then be used to control governments. UKIP will not last, they are against the status quo and the establishment will not allow them anywhere near power, perhaps the odd token to pacify but that's it. Apart from that, people who voted UKIP without actually believing in the rest of their policies or ignoring them, are utter contemptuous idiots. People who didn't vote are better than them.[/p][/quote]A precious self righteous person speaks. stayingafloat
  • Score: 4

10:03am Sat 24 May 14

Madi50n says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Madi50n wrote:
And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor.

What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year.

Good luck with that.
Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more
I like students, it does help that my income pretty much relies on them, same as a lot of my friends and a lot of people in this city.

That and the fact that I was once a student, not at Oxford unfortunately, and still remember what it was like to young and immature.

Luckily I live in an area that completely rejected Labour & the Tories, although I'd have been ok with them winning over the Kippers.

If I am happy with anything from this election, it's that not one of the "Standing at the back dressed stupidly and looking stupid party' (same colours as UKIP) got a single seat. At least there are more educated & cultured people in this county than uneducated & uncultured i.e. thick people.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: And you deserve the crap you've got instead. Luckily, I don't have a Green Party councillor. What I love about this is most of those voting in that Green Party councillor are students, who'll all be gone from Carfax next year. Good luck with that.[/p][/quote]Another reason to dislike the little darlings even more[/p][/quote]I like students, it does help that my income pretty much relies on them, same as a lot of my friends and a lot of people in this city. That and the fact that I was once a student, not at Oxford unfortunately, and still remember what it was like to young and immature. Luckily I live in an area that completely rejected Labour & the Tories, although I'd have been ok with them winning over the Kippers. If I am happy with anything from this election, it's that not one of the "Standing at the back dressed stupidly and looking stupid party' (same colours as UKIP) got a single seat. At least there are more educated & cultured people in this county than uneducated & uncultured i.e. thick people. Madi50n
  • Score: 3

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