Pete By: Pete
Project 365 #126: 060510 My Favourite Waste Of Time

Ah yes, if after reading that title you're humming the venerable 1986 classic from Owen Paul then you know you are 'of a certain age'.

 

But yes, I spent two hours today photographing individual pupil shots, and they were a lovely bunch to work with, but I can't post any of their photos.

 

Given the popularity of last year's photo in illustrating blog posts all over cyber space, I thought I'd go for one with a better camera this year instead of a mobile phone.

 

Photographing inside a Polling Station is prohibited, but outside, as long as you don't photograph voters, there's no problem.

 

And why are we titled 'my favourite waste of time?' It's because although voting is my right and my duty (and I wouldn't shirk it) my vote isn't going to affect any kind of outcome at all. The Ward will be won by the Liberal Party and the Constituency has been a labour stronghold since 1964.

 

Still - let each man vote according to his conscience. :)

  • Keith Williamson 5y

    I share you feelings. We haven't voted this time and I don't feel at all guilty about it. The likely outcome is a hung parliament which will mean that nothing gets done. Will the Lib Dems side with the Conservatives or with Labour? Who knows.
  • Laura A 5y

    I suppose a hung parliament would not work in the UK because it would end up in the kind of "blackmail" situation. Whereas in countries like Finland, where hung parliament is the norm, there are more usually more than 3 parties who can effect that the opposition can form interesting alliances over voting. Having said that, in terms of political culture Finland is, and has been, much more a consensus type, where people generally try to work together, in a way or another. Or at least seem to be wanting to work together. That must go back into the history when the Finnish people in Finland have been the poor ones and the rich high class has mainly been the foreign rulers rather than our "own" folk.

    Despite our hung parliaments, things do get done.
  • Vik 5y

    I had been given a link to a site that told you how much your vote would count given the likelyhood of change within your constituency, and gave advice about tactical voting.

    Apparently my vote was worth 0.003 of a vote in this ultra-safe Labour stronghold. This knowledge did not make getting up extra early to cast my vote before work any easier! The deed was duly done though, meaning I could go out last night without feeling that I had shirked...
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