Every Vote Counts! Carpenders Park Ward Borough Council Election Tied

There was a tie between two candidates in the Carpenders Park ward of Three Rivers District council.

Conservative candidate Terry Dos Ramos and Lib Dem incumbent Geoff Dunne both picked up 674 votes, well ahead of the third placed Labour candidate. Turnout in the ward – 38.12%.

As a result, one ballot paper marked for each of the tied candidates was placed into a ballot box, and Three Rivers District returning officer Steven Halls picked out the winner, Conservative Dos Ramos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hrc_GLQKp8I

Source: Adam Binnie

To the Polls!

So, polling day tomorrow and I have the choice between two parties who send us literature, and the three I haven’t heard a squeak from since at least the last election.

Watford Park Ward 2012 Ballot Paper

Actually, I lie, I’ve already used my postal vote.  And I didn’t vote for a party that hadn’t been in touch.  If you want me to vote for you it might be a good idea to tell me you are standing and what your policies are before I see your name for the first and only time on the ballot paper.

It seems to have been rather a quiet year for election leaflets this time round, though I suspect this may be because in the Watford Borough at least there is only a single role up for election, that of your ward’s Borough councillor.

On one side there are the Lib Dems who seem to be leading on a Save Watford Met/introduce controlled parking zones everywhere ticket alongside their usual promises.  On the other, the Conservatives seem to be leading with with an opposition to development in the area – particularly that proposed for Cassiobury Park – and of course Save Watford Met.

UK Uncut Cut Their Website

A rather good commentary on the group which thinks continuing to spend more money than you have coming in is a good idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hszdsds_d-w

I was going to see what their official position on “uncutting” actually was but their website appears to have been, ahem, cut.

Well Wikipedia says they exist to “protest against tax avoidance in the UK and to raise awareness about cuts to public services”. Nothing about “uncutting” there!

This seems far more sensible IMO.

Guild Elections

Yesterday was the start of the Guild of Students election campaigning period. You can always tell this time of year because on the way into University you are greeted by a multitude of candidates wearing ridiculous costumes. There is normally a tenuous but not in the slightest bit amusing connection between the name of the person standing and the seemingly random character they dress up as or have on their banners.

When you get closer you will hear shouts of “Vote ABC for some position” from the candidates and their minions.

I haven’t heard anything of policies though. It’s like this every year and it is becoming an obstacle course to get to lectures. After only two days I have heard a lot of other people expressing their dislike for the way these elections are run – perhaps because we are now third years so the novelty has now worn off for everyone.

On a normally peaceful walk through the leafy campus to lectures you are met with “Vote XYZ” signs littered across campus. They look hideous.

There are 43 candidates standing. Voting doesn’t even open until next Monday AND it lasts a week. I imagine I will get far more annoyed even as I do my best to ignore them all. Imagine if a serious political party ran their campaign in this way.

Apparently the turnout last year was 18%. And I voted (for the least annoying candidates!). The two candidates standing for president (only two!?) are apparently called Rachael ‘Super Rae’ Twumasi and Mark Harrop ‘Potter’. That about says it all.

Guild Election time at UoB...can't walk anywhere without someone throwing a flyer in your face! I like the free stuff though 🙂

Just had lecture shouts from 5 of the sab candidates in a single lecture, not too sure how happy the lecturer was... #guildelections11

I woke up today thinking I was oh so popular on here and facebook - then realised it's guild election time so everyone's adding, grr

@unibirmingham Why are Guild election candidates allowed to litter on campus?

On the mess in London

These clueless rioters bore me now.

“Student protests” pretty much summed up by the question of a BBC reporter to a ‘protester’ earlier today: “Can you tell us why you’re here” Response:  “Umm…   No”

Mildly amusing comment earlier by a BBC guest opposed to fees/cuts who clearly thinks that we should continue to spend more than we can ever pay back:  “Concrete breeze blocks aren’t particularly constructive”.  Tell that to someone in the building trade.

Yes the maximum amount Universities will be able to charge is much higher but to be honest I don’t really see why there has been so much fuss.  Not all Universities will charge the top fees.  Students already pay fees.  The new system means that you don’t have to start paying them until you are earning £6,000 more than currently.  If you don’t pay them off in full they get written off after 30 years.   Pretty good deal if you don’t actually make good use of your time at University and if you do well it shouldn’t be a problem.