Thursday, May 06, 2010

U.K. election day

Nooooo....! This is just not right for so many reasons.

Some of the big reads today...

Polly Toynbee in the Guardian. Godspeed Gordo, today's judgment day:
If this was the Goodbye Gordon farewell tour, it was a cortege on speed, zigzagging across the country on a two-day dash before reaching its final resting place in Kirkcaldy. The "Not Dead Yet" tour has breathed last-minute life into Labour: the once sepulchral Brown was not going gentle into that good night. Instead, from a midnight visit to steelworks to a 5.30am handshake with market traders today, he was relentless, remorseless to the end, revived by visceral anger at the prospect of a Conservative government.
Brown's constant recital of that list of achievements and some fear that's been instilled about people losing a popular child tax credit under Cameron are cited as difference makers near the end.

This guy is making what he terms a "lonely prediction," a Labour-Lib Dem coalition.

This columnist, in contortions, ends up with Labour:
So on polling morning, as I walk down the hill to the school, I think the country needs Mr Cameron as PM. I think the country needs a Lib-Dem inspired reform of the electoral system. And I think the country needs a Labour Party that can still be the best hope for social justice at home and progress abroad. I don’t want to see that party, as seems possible, humiliated tonight. So I’ll be voting Labour.
A fun fact which speaks to the British way of life, everything you need to know about voting day and then some:

Yes. Polling station staff cannot refuse a voter simply because they are drunk or under the influence of drugs. However, if the presiding officer suspects you are incapable of voting you will be asked a series of questions to determine whether you are up to the task of casting your ballot. If the voter cannot answer satisfactorily they will be told to come back when they've sobered up.
Must happen frequently. File under things you will not see on a Canadian voting guide.

Some front pages...who does this darkened figure remind you of? (Look up and to the right.)

Results should be coming at about 5:00 p.m. our time.

And one last note, the Queen will not be voting. In case you were wondering. Just a hunch...but she's probably a Tory.