Less than a day left to Register to Vote in the UK

Register to vote - then go vote!

Do I really need to caption this to tell you what it is?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or have spent the last month with your fingers shoved in your ears yelling “La la la, I can’t hear you!”, you’ll probably be aware that there is a General Election looming in the UK.

The deadline for registering to vote is tonight at midnight. Theoretically, there are around 54 million people in the UK eligible to vote, of which just under 46 million were registered in 2016 according to the Office of National Statistics.

I don’t care about your politics or if you’re apolitical. I don’t care about the colour of your skin, the colour of your money, your rosettes or your heart. Just remember this – if you don’t want to engage in the democratic processes of this country (flawed as they are), then you’ll end up with far less weight to any complaints you may have resulting from such elections.

If you don’t think there’s any point voting, register anyway and then vote. Parliament gives “short money” to opposition parties as a counterbalance to the Government’s access to the entire might of the Civil Service and it is determined in part by the number of votes cast nationally.  So, once you’ve registered, don’t forget to vote on the 8th June 2017.

You can go online if you want to Register to Vote. Go on, it’ll take you less than minute. Why would you not?

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If…

No, not the well-known poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling (much as I love it), but a sort of “If Remix” more in tune to the chaos, panic and disorder of today’s troubled times. It may not be quite as lyrical, but it certainly makes the point with just as much force and eloquence.

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If you voted for the President because you believe in fiscal conservatism, you should be furious that your tax dollars are going to build a wall that will have zero impact on the effects of immigration.

If you hate the left because of “Political Correctness,” you need to be asking yourself if you’re okay with the President censoring communications from MULTIPLE government organizations like the National Park Service, the EPA and more.

If you voted because you hated Secretary Clinton’s email server, I expect you to be calling your representatives to ask why Steve Bannon and others continue to use their unsecured personal emails and why your president is still using an unsecured Android device.

If you believe that fertilized eggs are people but refugee children are not, you need to stop acting like your concerns are religious.

If you voted because you believed they would better protect you against terrorists, you need to ask yourself why it’s okay that your president just took away $130 million in anti-terror funds from New York with his punishment of Sanctuary Cities.

If you are angry that your insurance is too expensive, you should ask why your senators are repealing ACA without a replacement, an action that will leave 20 million people without insurance at all.

If you believe the Clinton Initiative provided unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation, you should be livid that your president has moved to block visas from Muslim countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but not places where he has business ties like Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

[I have no idea who the original author of these words is, but I shall salute the anonymous one all the same. My appreciation for anyone that can point me in the correct direction to give due credit.]

 

Chaos Panic and Disorder

Chaos

Chaos, panic and disorder. My work here is done.

– Anon.

Well, the US is now in the hands of a leader not elected by the majority, with low approval ratings and an uncertain future. Oh hang on, that’s just like the UK… ><

Have you registered to vote in the EU Referendum?

If your answer is yes, then great – just don’t forget to vote on the 23rd June.

If no, then you have until midnight tonight to register to vote for the EU Referendum.

If after today you haven’t registered to vote and are then unhappy with the result announced on the 24th of June, I’ll come around to your house and give you a rousing chrous of the “I told you so” song.  ;p

 

 

Ten Days Left to Register to Vote

Including today, anyone eligible to vote in the EU Referendum has ten days – that is, until midnight on 7th June to Register to Vote.

Younger voters who have until recently been living away from home (e.g. Students who’ve come home after the end of term-time at University or College) are at most risk of missing out on their opportunity to exercise their democratic voice in what is probably the most important vote in a generation.  So please, for sake of your future, to have a democratic say in that future, please please do not forget to Register to Vote.