Archive for March 12th, 2010

Half a million dogs put to sleep.

These could well be the headlines that Labour will not want to see if they go ahead with their plans to make people insure their dogs.

The figure that many seem to think this will cost is around £600 a year. But, pet insurance does go up each year, so nobody knows where it will end up.

And, how many poor families will not be able to use the insurance and will elect to pay £40 to have their beloved pet put to sleep rather than see it starve through its owners lack of available funds?

How many votes lost can one equate to such a headline? Half a million perhaps? Especially when most pet dogs are harmless.

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Shall I or shan’t I… vote?

“No, they are all as bad as each other, I’ll not bother!”

Well, dear reader, you are right in your first assumption but, as to your second, I have a better way.

But, first of all, highlight the next paragraph as we will return to it later:

If 1.8 million voters vote and the winning party receive 1,000,000 of the votes cast, it can claim it has a mandate for running the country.

Now, supposing you, dear reader, decide to go and vote for an independent or one of the minor parties, together with eight million other non-voters. What would be the benefits?

  • 1. Getting 10 times the number of votes than expected, even though they don’t get an MP elected would give the somewhat jaded enthusiasts a new lease of life to try harder next time
  • 2. Might get some parties one or two MPs, or three at the most. This could give them a little clout if there is a hung parliament.
  • 3. Make a real difference to the party claiming a moral mandate.
  • Let me explain the third point. Refer back to the paragraph I asked you to highlight and bear it in mind when you read the following.

    If a party wins the election with a total of one million votes, and ten million votes were cast, there is no way that party can claim a moral victory. Signals will be sent to the electorate that there is something very wrong if a party can run our lives with only 10% of the total votes cast.

    So I implore you, rather than stay away, come along and protect your right to vote before the powers that be decided to take this right away from you.

    Ampers

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