Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England
05/02/2021 | news | politics | 1,827
Measures include asking voters to bring pens - but some councils fear it will be too difficult to organise.
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:33:41 42 13
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He's relevant enough for you to immediately come here to insult.

...He lives rent free inside your head
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05/02/2021 10:34:10 19 5
bbc
Awww. Do opposition parties upset you ?

We live in a democracy. Get over it.
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05/02/2021 10:36:43 14 2
bbc
Your comment is irrelevant
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05/02/2021 10:40:07 9 2
bbc
Local elections are not irrelevant. They spend your council tax and build all over our fields. This election is an opportunity to put your locality first - vote for people who care about where you live and will represent you - not just the Tory/Labour axis that treat local govt. like a political game.
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05/02/2021 10:43:18 2 4
bbc
That is a bit harsh. His stance on Brexit before the last general election gave the Conservatives a massive 80+ seat majority, which to many voters is extremely relevant.
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05/02/2021 10:45:52 1 7
bbc
very true,where was he last week,very quiet,do not call him Mr Hindsight for nothing
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05/02/2021 10:50:48 2 1
bbc
But what would Johnson do without captain foresite
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05/02/2021 10:32:15 54 35
bbc
Why not give everyone postal votes...
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05/02/2021 10:40:38 73 3
bbc
Everyone can apply for a postal vote - not a case of "give everyone" - they are ready for the taking.
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05/02/2021 10:41:50 7 3
bbc
Electoral law means that poll stations still have to open to take postal votes and you can’t force people to have them. But people should be encouraged to get an absent vote.
277
05/02/2021 11:31:11 9 11
bbc
Too much fraud occurs with postal votes.
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DSA
05/02/2021 11:42:19 3 3
bbc
or even electronic votes
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05/02/2021 11:59:12 1 4
bbc
And look what happened in the US. All those people who did but 'didn't' if you get my meaning
06/02/2021 11:18:35 0 0
bbc
Not secure enough as yet in the future people will vote on the computer when a secure medium has been found!
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05/02/2021 10:32:56 87 14
bbc
I will do what I've done for the past 20+ years and post my vote in.
If it's a postal vote, it's already been done for you. Removed
I also will do what I've done since 1997 and not vote.
06/02/2021 03:10:47 0 0
bbc
I'll put my vote in. I won't be voting for any of the options given though.
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:33:41 42 13
bbc
He's relevant enough for you to immediately come here to insult.

...He lives rent free inside your head
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Vid
05/02/2021 10:39:44 3 13
bbc
Looking at most of the comments on HYS, it seems it is perfectly acceptable to hurl insults at any conservative MP, but not Labour...... Sounds more like a dictatorship in the making to me....
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05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
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05/02/2021 10:39:27 53 18
bbc
And what do local council elections have to do with Boris exactly?
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05/02/2021 10:43:40 16 8
bbc
You must have a sad life to be consumed by so much bile and hatred which you repeat daily on bbc comments especially at this time in the morning.Try to appreciate the good things in life and be more positive
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05/02/2021 10:44:17 15 7
bbc
What part of "local" elections do you not understand?
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05/02/2021 10:47:47 13 0
bbc
And you end up with faceless party yes men running your local services. This attitude that we vote for one person at the top of a party is not conducive to keeping the character and identity of our regions. Remember your Westminster party candidate was chosen because they will do as they are told and will put party before their residents every time.
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05/02/2021 10:51:32 4 2
bbc
We already have in Scotland, where Tories have been irrelevant for decades
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CJR
05/02/2021 10:52:58 6 3
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Don’t really think you know how politics work, traditionally the party in government gets hammered at the local tinpot elections, but those results have absolutely nothing to do with the result of a general election.
So don’t really see any logic to your comment.
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05/02/2021 11:10:04 5 1
bbc
Problem is none of them are fit for Office - case of choosing the least bad and that's getting harder and harder. Do I choose the one that will actively harm me with their policies or one where I'll get hurt by the unintended consequences of the policies.
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05/02/2021 11:30:00 5 0
bbc
The voting pattern in local elections is very different from national ones. There have always been many lying clowns in local government who have been voted in even though they have been unsuitable.
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05/02/2021 11:56:19 0 2
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They sent a clear resounding message at the last election by giving the Labour Party a good old kicking.

Just imagine Corbyn and Dianne Abbot in charge now.

Oh god no.
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05/02/2021 10:34:00 10 9
bbc
This shouldn't be too much of a bother. There was a big campaign among brexiteers to do this at the referendum in 2016 because a rumour went round that if they used the pencil in the polling station, the marks would be rubbed out. So, the nation is prepared!
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05/02/2021 10:39:55 2 5
bbc
how did you know ?
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05/02/2021 10:44:24 3 1
bbc
Shows how stupid some people are. Wouldn't it be easier to print duplicate ballot papers rather than rub away at 20 million ballot papers in a few hours????

Also leave won so the ballots clearly weren't being messed with.
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05/02/2021 10:44:45 3 1
bbc
And with the wonderful Brexit still the backdrop to much that ails our country, now's the time to begin the reset on a fairer and kinder path.
Let's hope all rejoiners turn out and lay down a marker for the next general election. The younger generation have a chance to right the older generations wrong.
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:34:10 19 5
bbc
Awww. Do opposition parties upset you ?

We live in a democracy. Get over it.
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05/02/2021 10:44:13 5 2
bbc
Wishful thinking.
43% votes for 56% seats is not democracy.
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05/02/2021 10:34:23 59 49
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Won't be voting Tory.
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05/02/2021 10:39:24 41 21
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Nope, me neither, this is my Brexit bonus, as up until then I voted Conservative all my life.
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CJR
05/02/2021 10:48:46 8 13
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Don’t think they will miss you.
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05/02/2021 11:19:15 4 4
bbc
Who cares who you will vote for?
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05/02/2021 11:54:08 1 2
bbc
Certainly will not be voting Labour either.
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05/02/2021 10:35:05 14 15
bbc
So we can vote for the gravy train but not go to the pub with our mates. Worrying.
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05/02/2021 10:42:29 7 3
bbc
Yeah - cos going to the pub is obviously WAY more important
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Ian
05/02/2021 10:35:06 9 15
bbc
?"Local elections in England will go ahead as planned in May, the government has confirmed."

?Democracy is very, very important. Look at Myanmar. We don't want that to happen to us.
? We must keep our democracy going through this crisis.
? The UK is the greatest democracy in the world, or the history of the world.
? The UK is a shining example of democracy to the entire world.
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05/02/2021 10:38:30 5 9
bbc
Deomocracy, really. This Covid situation has shown with Councils effectively being allowed to kill city centres with no scrutiny that there is no democracy. they do what they like.
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05/02/2021 10:45:09 5 2
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And that is why Scotland is being denied the choice of determining her own future ; similarly the wishes of the Irish people are being ridden over roughshod .

Shining examples of democracy ? Hardly .
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05/02/2021 10:49:21 5 0
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Look what happened under a populist leader in the states
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05/02/2021 11:00:41 4 0
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Not sure how to vote that one.
Up for irony, down if serious?

upvote, I think.
Even the most dedicated Chauvinist couldn't follow that.

But still laughing.????????
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05/02/2021 10:35:43 140 7
bbc
Will it affect turnout? The US saw record numbers of votes cast for both candidates. Will people not welcome doing something normal?

Taking your own pencil or filling out a postal vote is hardly onerous. The polling places are hardly the main stage at Glastonbury either. Distancing shouldn't be hard.
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05/02/2021 10:43:11 92 27
bbc
All Elections in the UK should take place, disgraceful that Welsh Labour are trying to stop the ones in Wales taking place.
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05/02/2021 10:46:46 10 12
bbc
People seem to have mainly forgotten about social distancing. Go into any supermarket for your essential shop and you'll see people leaving barely any space as they squeeze past people. I don't know how easy polling staff will find it to enforce social distancing.
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05/02/2021 10:47:43 45 3
bbc
Never miss an opportunity to cast your vote, no matter which way you cast it.

In my book, if you don't participate, you lose the right to complain about those who get elected.
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Da
05/02/2021 12:44:55 2 6
bbc
Yeah but they majority of those votes were fraudulent so....

(Could be a serious statement, could be mocking the situation - Wondering if it will get removed)
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05/02/2021 13:25:41 3 0
bbc
Should affect turnout too much. These are local elections and turn out is usually quite poor anyway. A US Presidential Election is hardly a fair comparison
06/02/2021 00:33:51 0 2
bbc
Pencil? That can be rubbed-out and re-entered. What Planet?
06/02/2021 13:59:31 0 0
bbc
2 mie walk to mine, 1 bus an hour. If ir was a pleasant walk, I would walk it.
It's not really, so postal vote, also under normal circumstances, I am away from home a lot.
Postal votets are very convenient.
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:36:43 14 2
bbc
Your comment is irrelevant
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05/02/2021 10:33:53 2 2
bbc
Plenty moaning to follow.......................

..................and the would apply if they had been delayed!!

A bit of common sense (hahahahaa!!) , take your own quill and it'll go swimmingly....................
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05/02/2021 11:52:18 2 0
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Thank you Mr Rees-Mogg
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05/02/2021 10:37:45 21 14
bbc
I have never voted in these elections as the parties all seemingly do nothing but make hay for themselves. A builder relative told me years ago that its important to drink with councillors. Of course the now multimillionaire suns himself in Cyprus whilst I sit here working in a dank office. How wrong was I to think bribery got you into trouble.
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05/02/2021 10:48:31 12 9
bbc
Are you actually in an office?

Everything about this post stinks
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CEP
05/02/2021 10:38:21 8 10
bbc
The Liberal Democrats too have expressed concern that restrictions on doorstep campaigning, including door-to-door leafleting, disadvantage smaller parties who rely on activists to get their vote out.

Don't know what they are worried about they have become irrelevant since being in a coalition with the Conservatives
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05/02/2021 10:48:58 4 0
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Irrelevant to everyone who refuses to see what they did in the coalition, what changed as soon as the coalition was over, and how politics has changed over the last few years.

Like 'em, or loathe 'em, but only the terminally stupid who think politics doesn't matter, and those pushing a bs partizan agenda would continue to peddle the claim you made.
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05/02/2021 10:53:03 1 0
bbc
Yeah, big mistake snuggling up to Cameron without the prerequisite of introducing a PR voting system. Maybe they'll learn next time.

We'll see.
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Ian
05/02/2021 10:35:06 9 15
bbc
?"Local elections in England will go ahead as planned in May, the government has confirmed."

?Democracy is very, very important. Look at Myanmar. We don't want that to happen to us.
? We must keep our democracy going through this crisis.
? The UK is the greatest democracy in the world, or the history of the world.
? The UK is a shining example of democracy to the entire world.
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05/02/2021 10:38:30 5 9
bbc
Deomocracy, really. This Covid situation has shown with Councils effectively being allowed to kill city centres with no scrutiny that there is no democracy. they do what they like.
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05/02/2021 10:38:42 15 15
bbc
Labour in Wales are desperately trying to stop the Welsh Assembly Elections because they know they will be trounced!
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05/02/2021 10:39:03 233 7
bbc
"Bring Your Own Biro"

Other makes of pen are also available.
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05/02/2021 10:40:44 36 5
bbc
??
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05/02/2021 11:04:34 6 2
bbc
I'm buying shares in BIC
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05/02/2021 11:14:04 5 11
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Might be a bit pedantic here, but is not the brand name Bic , and Biro " just" the inventor...? Picky , but the "other makes ....." seemed a bit weak ?
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05/02/2021 11:08:12 17 6
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Guess that means that JRM can take his own quill and ink well - hope he doesn't get arrested for having the penknife as well.

};-)
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05/02/2021 11:43:23 11 2
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I'm voting for Jackie Weaver
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05/02/2021 11:50:46 14 4
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Just waiting for someone to say they're being discriminated against because they have to buy a pen
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05/02/2021 12:46:54 5 3
bbc
There was me believing that Polling Station ballot forms had to be marked with a pencil by law.
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05/02/2021 13:33:01 1 0
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Is that you Alan Partridge?
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05/02/2021 13:42:48 1 1
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BBC advertising a brand, incandescent rage to follow!
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05/02/2021 13:48:13 2 5
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Of Course if you are a Conservative it will be bring your own gold plated Parker Pen encrusted with Emeralds Diamonds and Rubies, with a built in Dog Whistle.
985
05/02/2021 17:44:27 0 2
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And make sure the Tories do not have any wins - they are killing over 1,000 per day, every day
05/02/2021 18:34:46 0 2
bbc
They will have to ensure they tell people not to bring certain types of writing implements such as sharpies. If the mark on the ballot paper can be seen through on the back it is invalid.
PCS
06/02/2021 00:31:04 0 0
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Question: Will the English electorate finally admit that they got it wrong with Bojo Inc. and put this 'X' aka everyone else but the Tories! Unfortunately just as the Yanks 74m off them, were still truly ignorant about Trump, so I suspect my English cousins will do ditto.
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05/02/2021 10:34:23 59 49
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Won't be voting Tory.
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05/02/2021 10:39:24 41 21
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Nope, me neither, this is my Brexit bonus, as up until then I voted Conservative all my life.
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Jo
05/02/2021 11:01:18 13 12
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If you voted tory all your life you're one of two things, very, very rich or very, very stupid.
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05/02/2021 11:02:01 4 10
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Well who then? Because there's nothing else.
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05/02/2021 11:02:56 12 4
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Me too until last GE: it was so obvious that Johnson was a bad un! Politically homeless until someone reclains the (just right of) middle ground.

The red wall has a lot to answer for!
05/02/2021 18:36:19 0 0
bbc
Boring...this election is not about you obvious fixation - BREXIT!
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05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
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05/02/2021 10:39:27 53 18
bbc
And what do local council elections have to do with Boris exactly?
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05/02/2021 10:42:27 14 6
bbc
If the new Blue wall turn's Red again, he will worry.
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05/02/2021 10:49:07 9 1
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It's a message and you know it!
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05/02/2021 11:49:42 0 1
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Correct .
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05/02/2021 12:11:16 1 0
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They're his camp followers and cheer on the incompetent liar. A good opportunity to send a message.

The public's minds are small though - the Cons will claim responsibility for the excellent vaccine roll out (only thing which has been done well to date) and they'll vote for them again. Sad.
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05/02/2021 10:33:41 42 13
bbc
He's relevant enough for you to immediately come here to insult.

...He lives rent free inside your head
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Vid
05/02/2021 10:39:44 3 13
bbc
Looking at most of the comments on HYS, it seems it is perfectly acceptable to hurl insults at any conservative MP, but not Labour...... Sounds more like a dictatorship in the making to me....
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05/02/2021 10:46:03 8 1
bbc
Not really, more a matter of values.
Starmer is definitely of higher value than Johnson.
Morally, definitely.
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05/02/2021 10:50:34 4 0
bbc
That's not what I've seen on HYS - there are lots of posters who get angry at any criticism of the government. The fact that you've seen posts on HYS that you disagree with is hardly "a dictatorship in the making".
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05/02/2021 10:34:00 10 9
bbc
This shouldn't be too much of a bother. There was a big campaign among brexiteers to do this at the referendum in 2016 because a rumour went round that if they used the pencil in the polling station, the marks would be rubbed out. So, the nation is prepared!
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05/02/2021 10:39:55 2 5
bbc
how did you know ?
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05/02/2021 10:49:59 1 0
bbc
Front page of the sun
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:40:07 9 2
bbc
Local elections are not irrelevant. They spend your council tax and build all over our fields. This election is an opportunity to put your locality first - vote for people who care about where you live and will represent you - not just the Tory/Labour axis that treat local govt. like a political game.
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05/02/2021 10:51:43 1 0
bbc
Yeah that Brexit / Reform / bandwagon party that exist only on Twitter aren’t playing this game at all
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05/02/2021 10:40:19 9 12
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Why? Just postpone it until August. Surely that makes more sense?
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05/02/2021 10:45:05 3 1
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When :

either a: many people will be away
or b: the pandemic will still be with us and yet another variant will be threatening to evade the vaccines.
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05/02/2021 10:32:15 54 35
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Why not give everyone postal votes...
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05/02/2021 10:40:38 73 3
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Everyone can apply for a postal vote - not a case of "give everyone" - they are ready for the taking.
05/02/2021 19:15:52 1 0
bbc
That is the problem, in some communities a bloke comes around and takes them. ;-)
06/02/2021 10:28:38 0 0
bbc
Been using postal votes for years.
Queueing at the polling station in the rain is no fun.
Queueing anytime is no fun.
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05/02/2021 10:39:03 233 7
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"Bring Your Own Biro"

Other makes of pen are also available.
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05/02/2021 10:40:44 36 5
bbc
??
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05/02/2021 10:32:15 54 35
bbc
Why not give everyone postal votes...
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05/02/2021 10:41:50 7 3
bbc
Electoral law means that poll stations still have to open to take postal votes and you can’t force people to have them. But people should be encouraged to get an absent vote.
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05/02/2021 10:53:58 5 2
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True, but mass adoption of postal voting will avoid the crowds at those polling stations :-) and allow social distancing.
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05/02/2021 10:42:22 49 21
bbc
My local council stopped an Aldi being built on green field
So I'll be voting for them again
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LG
05/02/2021 11:08:10 15 47
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Why? ...oh yeah I forgot they are German
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05/02/2021 11:28:06 8 4
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our local council, BTW Green, is letting a new leisure centre get built on a natural habitat area. So I won't be voting at all this time :(
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05/02/2021 13:01:35 3 1
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"My local council stopped an Aldi being built on green field
So I'll be voting for them again"

Do you mean the decision wasn't over-ridden by Jenrick or some planning inspector?
06/02/2021 18:12:27 0 0
bbc
Presumably you like people especially those without transport to spend more on food
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05/02/2021 10:39:27 53 18
bbc
And what do local council elections have to do with Boris exactly?
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05/02/2021 10:42:27 14 6
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If the new Blue wall turn's Red again, he will worry.
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05/02/2021 11:21:19 2 1
bbc
People always tend to vote against the Govt party in local elections. But it changes nothing.
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05/02/2021 10:35:05 14 15
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So we can vote for the gravy train but not go to the pub with our mates. Worrying.
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05/02/2021 10:42:29 7 3
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Yeah - cos going to the pub is obviously WAY more important
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05/02/2021 10:35:43 140 7
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Will it affect turnout? The US saw record numbers of votes cast for both candidates. Will people not welcome doing something normal?

Taking your own pencil or filling out a postal vote is hardly onerous. The polling places are hardly the main stage at Glastonbury either. Distancing shouldn't be hard.
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05/02/2021 10:43:11 92 27
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All Elections in the UK should take place, disgraceful that Welsh Labour are trying to stop the ones in Wales taking place.
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05/02/2021 10:56:04 13 20
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Wales has been affected by the pandemic worse than most other areas. They are thinking about protecting their citizens and delaying elections by a few months. Not such a bad thing really...
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05/02/2021 11:04:34 20 14
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No doubt Drakeford will impose another lockdown in Wales so that he can prolong his incompetent reign of misery.
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05/02/2021 11:18:17 4 7
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You'll be supporting Scottish independence when they vote for it in May

Then won't you
Idiot comment! PROVE this is the case! I suggest you can't rther is a case of lack of comprehension along with cognitive skills you are lacking.
Typical RWA failed post.
Removed
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05/02/2021 13:28:35 4 1
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They aren't. Why do you keep peddling this lie?
06/02/2021 10:55:01 0 1
bbc
yes, its an affront to democracy!
06/02/2021 14:00:56 1 0
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We seem to have a better safety record overall than England.
Possibly why?
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05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
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Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
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05/02/2021 10:43:18 2 4
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That is a bit harsh. His stance on Brexit before the last general election gave the Conservatives a massive 80+ seat majority, which to many voters is extremely relevant.
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05/02/2021 10:43:22 74 8
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Door-to-door leafleting is why I didn't need to hoard toilet paper.
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oie
05/02/2021 11:39:05 46 18
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Especially from the Greens!
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05/02/2021 12:18:55 4 0
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But a lot of the leaflets these days are printed on shiny paper. I can't imagine them being very absorbent!
534
05/02/2021 12:33:31 7 0
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Be careful to remove the staples before use.
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05/02/2021 13:28:09 2 0
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But you will need treatment for COVID-19. One person delivering SARS-Cov-19 to thousands of households.
06/02/2021 11:01:28 1 0
bbc
Another bad idea. NOT door knocking! as Politicians are frightened of the truth and now just post a leaflet even down to local Councillors elections lack of contact with people is a further erosion of democracy
06/02/2021 16:35:14 0 0
bbc
That's a bit rough ;-)
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05/02/2021 10:43:28 14 13
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The USA managed to hold their elections. We need to follow their example and consider all postal voting.
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CJR
05/02/2021 10:46:04 15 13
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And look at what that caused
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05/02/2021 10:47:52 1 9
bbc
We should be moving towards primarily online voting , with postal options for those without computers or smartphones
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05/02/2021 10:57:57 2 4
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Accompanied by massive fraud and riots - I don't think so
132
05/02/2021 11:01:56 2 3
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Maybe Trump could stand for a council somewhere to gee things up a bit!
283
05/02/2021 11:31:26 1 0
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........and returned to sanity.
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05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
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Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
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05/02/2021 10:43:40 16 8
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You must have a sad life to be consumed by so much bile and hatred which you repeat daily on bbc comments especially at this time in the morning.Try to appreciate the good things in life and be more positive
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05/02/2021 10:47:19 4 8
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I'm very happy to have made the right choices based on an open-minded understanding of my fellow Europeans.
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05/02/2021 10:48:55 16 5
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Criticism of the Prime Minister is hardly "bile and hatred". You must have a sad life to make assumptions about people from their posts on here. Perhaps people would be more positive if we had a more competent government.
06/02/2021 11:31:10 0 0
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Please itsmise the good things about life with Johnson.
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05/02/2021 10:39:18 5 5
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Don't forget the colour of the pen has to be black, the colour of the ink doesn't matter though!
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05/02/2021 10:45:53 16 1
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Black pens matter
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05/02/2021 10:41:18 18 16
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lots of ex tory councilors looking for a new scam afterwards i think
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05/02/2021 10:34:10 19 5
bbc
Awww. Do opposition parties upset you ?

We live in a democracy. Get over it.
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05/02/2021 10:44:13 5 2
bbc
Wishful thinking.
43% votes for 56% seats is not democracy.
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05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
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05/02/2021 10:44:17 15 7
bbc
What part of "local" elections do you not understand?
53
05/02/2021 10:46:21 18 15
bbc
They are a bellweather for the national public mood. Is that difficult for you to understand?
56
05/02/2021 10:47:37 8 4
bbc
It's still the Conservative Party.
81
05/02/2021 10:51:05 8 1
bbc
Again, it's a message, and regarding 'not understanding', don't even go there, we're more in a mess because of wilful ignorance, hard to deny.
6
05/02/2021 10:34:00 10 9
bbc
This shouldn't be too much of a bother. There was a big campaign among brexiteers to do this at the referendum in 2016 because a rumour went round that if they used the pencil in the polling station, the marks would be rubbed out. So, the nation is prepared!
40
05/02/2021 10:44:24 3 1
bbc
Shows how stupid some people are. Wouldn't it be easier to print duplicate ballot papers rather than rub away at 20 million ballot papers in a few hours????

Also leave won so the ballots clearly weren't being messed with.
41
05/02/2021 10:44:25 5 9
bbc
Unfortunately I think Starmer is wrong with the Union Flag waving. What's going to be next? A 'lest we forget flag', 15 poppies all over his bus and a Help for Heroes sweatshirt?
6
05/02/2021 10:34:00 10 9
bbc
This shouldn't be too much of a bother. There was a big campaign among brexiteers to do this at the referendum in 2016 because a rumour went round that if they used the pencil in the polling station, the marks would be rubbed out. So, the nation is prepared!
42
05/02/2021 10:44:45 3 1
bbc
And with the wonderful Brexit still the backdrop to much that ails our country, now's the time to begin the reset on a fairer and kinder path.
Let's hope all rejoiners turn out and lay down a marker for the next general election. The younger generation have a chance to right the older generations wrong.
24
05/02/2021 10:40:19 9 12
bbc
Why? Just postpone it until August. Surely that makes more sense?
43
05/02/2021 10:45:05 3 1
bbc
When :

either a: many people will be away
or b: the pandemic will still be with us and yet another variant will be threatening to evade the vaccines.
440
05/02/2021 12:04:04 1 0
bbc
Hopefully it'll be option A
10
Ian
05/02/2021 10:35:06 9 15
bbc
?"Local elections in England will go ahead as planned in May, the government has confirmed."

?Democracy is very, very important. Look at Myanmar. We don't want that to happen to us.
? We must keep our democracy going through this crisis.
? The UK is the greatest democracy in the world, or the history of the world.
? The UK is a shining example of democracy to the entire world.
44
05/02/2021 10:45:09 5 2
bbc
And that is why Scotland is being denied the choice of determining her own future ; similarly the wishes of the Irish people are being ridden over roughshod .

Shining examples of democracy ? Hardly .
45
05/02/2021 10:45:13 2 7
bbc
As a traditionalist I will be bringing a stubby black pencil thing with a bit of string to tie it to the voting booth. Having secured Brexit - pretty much single-handedly - I will be voting my conscience which is Green - then as flood waters rise, landslips slide and the wind takes my roof off I'll be smiling - knowing me, Greta and Sir Dave did our bit.
46
05/02/2021 10:42:28 0 1
bbc
ipsa scientia potestas est,
I will do what I've done for the past 20+ years and post my vote in.

**

Figures....................
61
05/02/2021 10:48:12 2 0
bbc
Yeah right, 20 years.
47
05/02/2021 10:43:31 16 6
bbc
Jantra
10:38
Labour in Wales are desperately trying to stop the Welsh Assembly Elections because they know they will be trounced!

---

This is true, never known such anger and eagerness for elections.

Now that England is going ahead, it will be difficult for the fudgers down the Bay to deny the Welsh people.
65
05/02/2021 10:48:54 5 4
bbc
You misspelled fudgers I think?
1
05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
48
05/02/2021 10:45:52 1 7
bbc
very true,where was he last week,very quiet,do not call him Mr Hindsight for nothing
85
05/02/2021 10:52:03 4 0
bbc
Self isolating
86
05/02/2021 10:52:18 4 0
bbc
Actually, self-isolating?
Didn't you hear?
21
Vid
05/02/2021 10:39:44 3 13
bbc
Looking at most of the comments on HYS, it seems it is perfectly acceptable to hurl insults at any conservative MP, but not Labour...... Sounds more like a dictatorship in the making to me....
49
05/02/2021 10:46:03 8 1
bbc
Not really, more a matter of values.
Starmer is definitely of higher value than Johnson.
Morally, definitely.
34
05/02/2021 10:43:28 14 13
bbc
The USA managed to hold their elections. We need to follow their example and consider all postal voting.
50
CJR
05/02/2021 10:46:04 15 13
bbc
And look at what that caused
79
05/02/2021 10:50:44 9 1
bbc
A free and fair election that the infantile incumbent was not prepared to accept the result of.

There probably was a low level of electoral fraud. Doubtless both sides were doing it. Considering less that 1% of votes really affected the outcome the two sides cancelled each other out.
144
05/02/2021 11:03:41 6 2
bbc
Only in the orange one's mind.
202
05/02/2021 11:13:21 7 2
bbc
It was Trump who caused all the problems, not postal voting.
281
05/02/2021 11:28:22 2 2
bbc
Well as the US postal votes got rid of Turnip, any change our postal votes could get rid of the Clowns?
51
05/02/2021 10:46:07 1 3
bbc
ABSOLUTELY ludicrous.
52
05/02/2021 10:46:12 15 6
bbc
Good. Time to show them what we really think. Start packing your bags!
201
05/02/2021 11:12:15 22 1
bbc
Local council elections don't tell central Government anything.
39
05/02/2021 10:44:17 15 7
bbc
What part of "local" elections do you not understand?
53
05/02/2021 10:46:21 18 15
bbc
They are a bellweather for the national public mood. Is that difficult for you to understand?
11
05/02/2021 10:35:43 140 7
bbc
Will it affect turnout? The US saw record numbers of votes cast for both candidates. Will people not welcome doing something normal?

Taking your own pencil or filling out a postal vote is hardly onerous. The polling places are hardly the main stage at Glastonbury either. Distancing shouldn't be hard.
54
05/02/2021 10:46:46 10 12
bbc
People seem to have mainly forgotten about social distancing. Go into any supermarket for your essential shop and you'll see people leaving barely any space as they squeeze past people. I don't know how easy polling staff will find it to enforce social distancing.
35
05/02/2021 10:43:40 16 8
bbc
You must have a sad life to be consumed by so much bile and hatred which you repeat daily on bbc comments especially at this time in the morning.Try to appreciate the good things in life and be more positive
55
05/02/2021 10:47:19 4 8
bbc
I'm very happy to have made the right choices based on an open-minded understanding of my fellow Europeans.
91
05/02/2021 10:53:01 1 1
bbc
well try to be a bit more open minded about UK politics and electorate and cut people a bit of slack
39
05/02/2021 10:44:17 15 7
bbc
What part of "local" elections do you not understand?
56
05/02/2021 10:47:37 8 4
bbc
It's still the Conservative Party.
11
05/02/2021 10:35:43 140 7
bbc
Will it affect turnout? The US saw record numbers of votes cast for both candidates. Will people not welcome doing something normal?

Taking your own pencil or filling out a postal vote is hardly onerous. The polling places are hardly the main stage at Glastonbury either. Distancing shouldn't be hard.
57
05/02/2021 10:47:43 45 3
bbc
Never miss an opportunity to cast your vote, no matter which way you cast it.

In my book, if you don't participate, you lose the right to complain about those who get elected.
443
05/02/2021 12:04:33 1 2
bbc
That assumes you're allowed a meaningful vote - in the speaker's constituency we're not allowed to vote for major party that might upset the status quo

I have a right to complain - if not to vote ??
556
05/02/2021 12:41:36 13 0
bbc
And if you don't fancy any of the candidates, spoil the ballot paper with "none of the above". That way you'll be distinguished from those who don't give a monkey's or can't be bothered. And numbers of "Spoiled Ballots" are reported
636
05/02/2021 13:03:12 1 6
bbc
Everyone has the right to abstain as well as cast a vote in our democracy.

It's just not cricket to be like Australia old chap.
792
05/02/2021 13:58:03 1 2
bbc
I'd rather not vote at all than vote for the least worst option.
If you don't use your vote, you should lose your entitlement to vote next time.
5
05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
58
05/02/2021 10:47:47 13 0
bbc
And you end up with faceless party yes men running your local services. This attitude that we vote for one person at the top of a party is not conducive to keeping the character and identity of our regions. Remember your Westminster party candidate was chosen because they will do as they are told and will put party before their residents every time.
34
05/02/2021 10:43:28 14 13
bbc
The USA managed to hold their elections. We need to follow their example and consider all postal voting.
59
05/02/2021 10:47:52 1 9
bbc
We should be moving towards primarily online voting , with postal options for those without computers or smartphones
121
05/02/2021 11:00:26 2 1
bbc
SECURE online voting would be great, but I don't think we can risk that right now.

For now, keep it postal. We might stamp out malware and hackers one day!
60
05/02/2021 10:48:01 3 8
bbc
I won't be bothering. I've given up.
106
05/02/2021 10:56:49 8 0
bbc
Then you don't get to moan about the outcome.
118
05/02/2021 10:59:18 0 1
bbc
Don't know if I will either.

Hmmm, if only I could vote for someone who represented most of my views.
472
05/02/2021 12:14:09 0 0
bbc
They've won then!
46
05/02/2021 10:42:28 0 1
bbc
ipsa scientia potestas est,
I will do what I've done for the past 20+ years and post my vote in.

**

Figures....................
61
05/02/2021 10:48:12 2 0
bbc
Yeah right, 20 years.
14
05/02/2021 10:37:45 21 14
bbc
I have never voted in these elections as the parties all seemingly do nothing but make hay for themselves. A builder relative told me years ago that its important to drink with councillors. Of course the now multimillionaire suns himself in Cyprus whilst I sit here working in a dank office. How wrong was I to think bribery got you into trouble.
62
05/02/2021 10:48:31 12 9
bbc
Are you actually in an office?

Everything about this post stinks
174
05/02/2021 11:09:46 6 0
bbc
There is little doubt that professional politicians have taken over at all levels. Gone are the days where someone becomes a council leader after a career in the real world, followed by a stint as a part-time councillor.

We need to take the political parties out of power and get back to people doing it for the good of the country, not their party or themselves.
348
05/02/2021 11:45:25 2 0
bbc
Office? Luxury I worked from disused bus stop. And if you tell that to kids today...
8
05/02/2021 10:34:23 59 49
bbc
Won't be voting Tory.
63
CJR
05/02/2021 10:48:46 8 13
bbc
Don’t think they will miss you.
113
05/02/2021 10:58:34 17 9
bbc
I disagree, Tories will die a slow death, one vote at a time.
115
05/02/2021 10:58:37 14 4
bbc
Awww diddums. Does the existence of opposition parties upset you ? Would you prefer a one-party state like Russia ?
64
05/02/2021 10:48:53 59 31
bbc
Isn't it about time we moved elections into the 21st century and used online voting? The technology is there - easy to see if someone has voted twice by using NI numbers or some other unique identifier.
104
05/02/2021 10:56:11 27 4
bbc
Trouble is RoI nationals get to vote using NI numbers.

I know, weird isn't it?
153
05/02/2021 11:05:16 15 3
bbc
Computer fraud is a significant risk via ' back door' activity. Less risk of fraud with a paper count.
196
05/02/2021 11:09:56 16 3
bbc
Online voting is a prime candidate for electoral fraud, however secure you think it can be made. Not just people impersonating others, also manipulation of the recorded votes in the database.
212
05/02/2021 11:18:40 9 2
bbc
You mean like the Track and Trace app - newer devices only, only people with access to modern devices... yup, that's democratic.
216
Kai
05/02/2021 11:19:04 9 1
bbc
around 20% do not have computers or access to online voting from home.
253
05/02/2021 11:28:00 11 2
bbc
It's hard to remove the link between who's voted and who they voted for. Anonymity should be preserved but there will always be a way to track back who voted for who when online votes are cast. Would you trust a government-funded department to build a safe online voting system?
286
05/02/2021 11:32:41 15 1
bbc
Computer systems should not be trusted with this - elections should be conducted under strictest paranoia, with all interested parties watching what the others are doing. They also need to be understandable by the everyday electorate in order to be perceived as fair. Any computerised system cannot do either of those. Also, connecting that system to the internet goes for foolish to mad
347
05/02/2021 11:45:22 4 2
bbc
Are you trying to deny Grandma a vote?
433
05/02/2021 12:02:21 5 1
bbc
Yet we manage to declare a result manually much more quickly than where computerised voting takes place.
564
05/02/2021 12:43:36 1 1
bbc
There are issues around privacy and anonymity. It needs to be debated.
643
Kat
05/02/2021 13:05:10 1 0
bbc
You mean that the election isn't between the Whigs and the Tories?
664
05/02/2021 13:10:49 3 1
bbc
Not everyone is connected to the internet so online voting is a non starter.
06/02/2021 11:08:35 0 1
bbc
Technology is not secure enough. I quote the postal voting lies used in Bradford during a Corbyn Vote??
06/02/2021 18:09:32 0 0
bbc
Sounds fine to those who have a computer or smart phone, presumably your vote isn't known to anybody operating the system and can't be hacked
06/02/2021 18:35:41 0 0
bbc
The old method is the best. On line voting is not secure, and never will be. It invites corruption and I'd open to abuse from hackers.
47
05/02/2021 10:43:31 16 6
bbc
Jantra
10:38
Labour in Wales are desperately trying to stop the Welsh Assembly Elections because they know they will be trounced!

---

This is true, never known such anger and eagerness for elections.

Now that England is going ahead, it will be difficult for the fudgers down the Bay to deny the Welsh people.
65
05/02/2021 10:48:54 5 4
bbc
You misspelled fudgers I think?
35
05/02/2021 10:43:40 16 8
bbc
You must have a sad life to be consumed by so much bile and hatred which you repeat daily on bbc comments especially at this time in the morning.Try to appreciate the good things in life and be more positive
66
05/02/2021 10:48:55 16 5
bbc
Criticism of the Prime Minister is hardly "bile and hatred". You must have a sad life to make assumptions about people from their posts on here. Perhaps people would be more positive if we had a more competent government.
169
05/02/2021 11:08:12 1 4
bbc
agree to some extent Kemi Badenoch has in my opinion broke the ministerial code and should be dismissed.People who make the same criticism about tories and boris on a daily basis lead sad lives.Widen your horizons and be critical on current issues.
15
CEP
05/02/2021 10:38:21 8 10
bbc
The Liberal Democrats too have expressed concern that restrictions on doorstep campaigning, including door-to-door leafleting, disadvantage smaller parties who rely on activists to get their vote out.

Don't know what they are worried about they have become irrelevant since being in a coalition with the Conservatives
67
05/02/2021 10:48:58 4 0
bbc
Irrelevant to everyone who refuses to see what they did in the coalition, what changed as soon as the coalition was over, and how politics has changed over the last few years.

Like 'em, or loathe 'em, but only the terminally stupid who think politics doesn't matter, and those pushing a bs partizan agenda would continue to peddle the claim you made.
20
05/02/2021 10:39:27 53 18
bbc
And what do local council elections have to do with Boris exactly?
68
05/02/2021 10:49:07 9 1
bbc
It's a message and you know it!
69
05/02/2021 10:49:14 9 12
bbc
I pray that the labour element is taken out of Croydon ..........that council we have had at the moment should be ashamed of themselves .they are destroying Croydon
95
05/02/2021 10:53:56 6 3
bbc
Sure. Because it has nothing to do with austerity cutting massive amounts from council budgets over the last 10 years. When Croydon's main funding from the government drops by 50% over 10 years, they cannot be blamed for making the decisions they made.

If someone cut your salary by 50% do you think your dependents would blame you for making them eat beans on toast every day?
10
Ian
05/02/2021 10:35:06 9 15
bbc
?"Local elections in England will go ahead as planned in May, the government has confirmed."

?Democracy is very, very important. Look at Myanmar. We don't want that to happen to us.
? We must keep our democracy going through this crisis.
? The UK is the greatest democracy in the world, or the history of the world.
? The UK is a shining example of democracy to the entire world.
70
05/02/2021 10:49:21 5 0
bbc
Look what happened under a populist leader in the states
71
05/02/2021 10:45:15 12 17
bbc
What a nation of scaredy cats we have become!

Are we really going to see another wave because people shared a biro for the few seconds it takes to draw a cross?

Also, most of the population will have been vaccinated by May.

This level of fear is truly pathetic.
130
05/02/2021 11:01:29 10 2
bbc
I find it worrying that you do not seem to understand that viruses are spread by contagion which isn't dependent on the duration of contact. Please wise up before you spread covid through your ignorance.
469
05/02/2021 12:13:20 0 0
bbc
Oh o it's not! Aren't you dead yet?
36
05/02/2021 10:39:18 5 5
bbc
Don't forget the colour of the pen has to be black, the colour of the ink doesn't matter though!
72
05/02/2021 10:45:53 16 1
bbc
Black pens matter
108
05/02/2021 10:57:01 2 0
bbc
Female black swans matter?
73
05/02/2021 10:49:31 25 4
bbc
by Mods 48 Leavers 52 "Why? Just postpone it until August. Surely that makes more sense"

Whenever did 'sense' enter in to the discussion? You ought to realize by now that when it comes to priority, sense is way down the bottom of the list, If it appears on it at all!
674
05/02/2021 13:13:31 7 5
bbc
By August with schools open, Foreign holidays in full swing we'll be in another spike of Coronavirus so May is probably the least worst option.
06/02/2021 18:27:05 0 0
bbc
You know it's going to be better in August other variants aren't going to come and make a complete mess of life?
74
Nin
05/02/2021 10:49:50 5 11
bbc
Ive been a Labour voter my entire life but I will not vote for this Tory nonsense masquerading as Labour. Starmer must go.
100
05/02/2021 10:55:38 5 1
bbc
Is Starmer standing in local elections?
116
05/02/2021 10:58:46 1 0
bbc
If you've been a Labour voter all your life and would even consider voting for the most corrupt govt in UK history, you're exactly why the UK is in the mire
No matter what troubles Labour are undergoing, there is literally zero excuse to vote for these inept thieves, who never take responsibility for their actions

Public funds for Tory chums
It's £25+billion and counting from this government
119
05/02/2021 10:59:33 0 1
bbc
Not so sure about that, he's a Marxist that wants to abolish the Royal family.....don't be fooled by the 'Sir' thing.
486
05/02/2021 12:18:42 0 0
bbc
Does the Communist Party of GB still exist?
22
05/02/2021 10:39:55 2 5
bbc
how did you know ?
75
05/02/2021 10:49:59 1 0
bbc
Front page of the sun
76
05/02/2021 10:50:23 2 1
bbc
First time I'll be doing postal voting, I suppose. Not keen on any of the parties though
21
Vid
05/02/2021 10:39:44 3 13
bbc
Looking at most of the comments on HYS, it seems it is perfectly acceptable to hurl insults at any conservative MP, but not Labour...... Sounds more like a dictatorship in the making to me....
77
05/02/2021 10:50:34 4 0
bbc
That's not what I've seen on HYS - there are lots of posters who get angry at any criticism of the government. The fact that you've seen posts on HYS that you disagree with is hardly "a dictatorship in the making".
78
05/02/2021 10:50:35 101 4
bbc
can I use a crayon, they don't let me out with anything sharp.....
210
05/02/2021 11:17:32 20 1
bbc
??
234
05/02/2021 11:23:23 4 0
bbc
A wax crayon, I hope ;)
319
05/02/2021 11:42:04 2 9
bbc
Labour voter eh?
531
05/02/2021 12:32:25 6 1
bbc
Only if you vote for the Green Party
921
05/02/2021 15:24:59 0 0
bbc
Noticed that!!!!
50
CJR
05/02/2021 10:46:04 15 13
bbc
And look at what that caused
79
05/02/2021 10:50:44 9 1
bbc
A free and fair election that the infantile incumbent was not prepared to accept the result of.

There probably was a low level of electoral fraud. Doubtless both sides were doing it. Considering less that 1% of votes really affected the outcome the two sides cancelled each other out.
109
05/02/2021 10:57:23 3 3
bbc
Challenging the result of elections has a traditional part of US politics for decades.
In 2016 Clinton and Pelosi were poisonously vociferous about 'not a legitimate President' even though they knew perfectly well that the Orange Infant had won that election fair and square.
1
05/02/2021 10:31:33 23 41
bbc
Local elections are like Starmer, mostly irrelevant.
80
05/02/2021 10:50:48 2 1
bbc
But what would Johnson do without captain foresite
39
05/02/2021 10:44:17 15 7
bbc
What part of "local" elections do you not understand?
81
05/02/2021 10:51:05 8 1
bbc
Again, it's a message, and regarding 'not understanding', don't even go there, we're more in a mess because of wilful ignorance, hard to deny.
261
05/02/2021 11:23:42 3 2
bbc
It is as effective as sending a message to Tesco by shopping in Asda.
82
05/02/2021 10:51:08 2 2
bbc
Don't care how they manage to do it, just so long as they do. Surprised the gov haven't found a way to cancel them though. However surely there must be a better way than all walking to a polling station.
114
05/02/2021 10:58:34 0 0
bbc
You obviously don't live in Wales, where they do seem pretty determined to "postpone" the Senedd (i.e. "national") elections. I'd recommend registering for a postal vote.
5
05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
83
05/02/2021 10:51:32 4 2
bbc
We already have in Scotland, where Tories have been irrelevant for decades
23
05/02/2021 10:40:07 9 2
bbc
Local elections are not irrelevant. They spend your council tax and build all over our fields. This election is an opportunity to put your locality first - vote for people who care about where you live and will represent you - not just the Tory/Labour axis that treat local govt. like a political game.
84
05/02/2021 10:51:43 1 0
bbc
Yeah that Brexit / Reform / bandwagon party that exist only on Twitter aren’t playing this game at all
48
05/02/2021 10:45:52 1 7
bbc
very true,where was he last week,very quiet,do not call him Mr Hindsight for nothing
85
05/02/2021 10:52:03 4 0
bbc
Self isolating
48
05/02/2021 10:45:52 1 7
bbc
very true,where was he last week,very quiet,do not call him Mr Hindsight for nothing
86
05/02/2021 10:52:18 4 0
bbc
Actually, self-isolating?
Didn't you hear?
185
05/02/2021 11:12:31 0 1
bbc
true but no official response from the party,Mr Hindsight is valid though,my apologies
87
05/02/2021 10:52:18 4 5
bbc
Are we advertising Biro pens now?? I believe others are available
88
05/02/2021 10:52:26 127 16
bbc
Request a postal vote ASAP

Make sure that you vote

If you don't like the candidates you have to choose from, spoil your ballot, but do NOT do nothing, that kind of lazy complacency leads to the degradation of democracy and ultimately it's responsibility to prevent this.
Wrong 'it's'. It's 'its'. Removed
284
05/02/2021 11:28:32 10 19
bbc
Stop talking nonsense. Local elections change nothing that you could name.
589
05/02/2021 12:50:16 6 11
bbc
Spoiling ballots is pointless. No one cares, they just go to one side. If you don't like anyone, you might as well not vote. Either way your voice isn't being heard, so that is your say.
602
05/02/2021 12:48:41 3 0
bbc
Can anyone name a candidate for London Mayor who deserves my vote? I think the advice to spoil my paper might be followed for the first time.
658
05/02/2021 13:09:44 14 4
bbc
What democracy? I've been voting for 50 years and not once has my vote counted. Round here if a chicken painted blue stood for election it would get in. Until we have a proper electoral system this idea that we have 'a great democracy' is just a myth peddled by the 2 main (only) parties.
775
05/02/2021 13:53:41 0 1
bbc
Mind your own business. If I want to vote I will if I don't I won't. What or who gives you the right to tell me what to do?.
786
05/02/2021 13:56:54 1 0
bbc
Request a postal vote?

There are three polling stations closer, to my disabled mother-in-law's home, than the nearest post box.
832
05/02/2021 14:16:45 0 1
bbc
Rubbish
843
05/02/2021 14:23:00 2 0
bbc
The other thing you can do is support the campaign for proportional representation:

https://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk/
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846
05/02/2021 14:24:34 0 0
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I always vote, but to be honest it never makes a difference. I can tell you already which party will win the local election this year and frankly in 10 years time
06/02/2021 00:21:20 0 0
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Prevent the finest Democratic Party in a generation ?
06/02/2021 17:30:40 0 0
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"Spoiling a ballot" IS the exact same as doing nothing !!!

New to this life and world are you !!!
06/02/2021 18:29:33 0 0
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Postal votes are an invitation to stuff ballot boxes, as labour have done repeatedly around Brum.
89
05/02/2021 10:52:28 13 7
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Good to see they’ve got their priorities right. Thousands of businesses trashed, millions of jobs and livelihoods lost, the economy stagnating.

But we’re able to go out and vote in jobsworths whose salaries and expenses aren’t the slightest bit affected.
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05/02/2021 11:01:03 7 0
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In May most of the people that need protected will be vaccinated.

The rest of us will be fine. Social distancing and good hygiene will protect all voters.
475
05/02/2021 12:16:08 0 0
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And we could have nationalised the Big Pharma companies to leave us trailing with the EU in the vaccination stakes. NS tried to hold Scotland back to EU levels until she was found out
5
05/02/2021 10:33:47 61 57
bbc
Good. Let's hope the public send a clear message that the lying clown of a PM is not fit for office.
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CJR
05/02/2021 10:52:58 6 3
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Don’t really think you know how politics work, traditionally the party in government gets hammered at the local tinpot elections, but those results have absolutely nothing to do with the result of a general election.
So don’t really see any logic to your comment.
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05/02/2021 10:47:19 4 8
bbc
I'm very happy to have made the right choices based on an open-minded understanding of my fellow Europeans.
91
05/02/2021 10:53:01 1 1
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well try to be a bit more open minded about UK politics and electorate and cut people a bit of slack
270
05/02/2021 11:25:23 6 0
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Being critical of the Govt is not in any way the sign of a closed mind. And it's a bit silly to suggest that it is.
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CEP
05/02/2021 10:38:21 8 10
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The Liberal Democrats too have expressed concern that restrictions on doorstep campaigning, including door-to-door leafleting, disadvantage smaller parties who rely on activists to get their vote out.

Don't know what they are worried about they have become irrelevant since being in a coalition with the Conservatives
92
05/02/2021 10:53:03 1 0
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Yeah, big mistake snuggling up to Cameron without the prerequisite of introducing a PR voting system. Maybe they'll learn next time.

We'll see.
93
05/02/2021 10:49:01 18 18
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"Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England"

If you vote Tory you will be voting to be lied to

You will be voting against feeding hungry children

You will be voting to support the failure of 110,000 death's 30,000 this year alone

You will voting for more corruption

You will be voting for the breakup of the UK with Scotland then NI leaving

It's time to reward the Tories failure
97
05/02/2021 10:54:50 8 2
bbc
I'm voting Tory because I'm just a plain evil person. zzzz
98
05/02/2021 10:54:59 1 1
bbc
By voting for labour hijacked by Tory Starmer?

Green maybe?
110
05/02/2021 10:57:39 0 1
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80 seat majority.
127
05/02/2021 11:00:53 2 2
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I am voting Conservative - as I always do - your propaganda doesn't seem to be working - except on yourself of course...
376
05/02/2021 11:50:46 1 0
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So we'll put you down as a don't know then
482
05/02/2021 12:17:51 2 0
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I like what you say - but these are local elections so you'll just be voting for more incompetence and waste at the town hall!
635
05/02/2021 13:03:12 0 1
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ovalball10:49

"Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England"

If you vote Tory you will be voting for

You will be voting for parents to look after their own children
You will be voting to stop the NHS killing more people

It's time to get real Tories into councils

fixed it for you
94
05/02/2021 10:53:33 7 6
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The nation badly needs a Liberal Party that isn't self-loathing and actually stands up for the national interest. Pro-business Liberal Party that'll actually give school children decent meals..
99
05/02/2021 10:55:31 4 5
bbc
And students tuition fees
107
05/02/2021 10:56:52 3 1
bbc
I'd vote for a pro-business Liberal Party that believes it's parents' responsibility to feed their children.
478
05/02/2021 12:16:40 0 0
bbc
The middle ground of politics is wide open for sensible party. Worked for Blair but the LibDems really don't do themselves any favours, ever.
833
05/02/2021 14:16:49 0 0
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Clegg's betrayal made that party unelectable for a generation (at least).
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05/02/2021 10:49:14 9 12
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I pray that the labour element is taken out of Croydon ..........that council we have had at the moment should be ashamed of themselves .they are destroying Croydon
95
05/02/2021 10:53:56 6 3
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Sure. Because it has nothing to do with austerity cutting massive amounts from council budgets over the last 10 years. When Croydon's main funding from the government drops by 50% over 10 years, they cannot be blamed for making the decisions they made.

If someone cut your salary by 50% do you think your dependents would blame you for making them eat beans on toast every day?
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05/02/2021 10:41:50 7 3
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Electoral law means that poll stations still have to open to take postal votes and you can’t force people to have them. But people should be encouraged to get an absent vote.
96
05/02/2021 10:53:58 5 2
bbc
True, but mass adoption of postal voting will avoid the crowds at those polling stations :-) and allow social distancing.
604
05/02/2021 12:53:52 2 0
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There is more risk of your vote not actually being delivered in time. Especially at the moment when RM isn't even coping with the current increase in corona related post. People have choice to sign up for postal votes, there's no need to do it 100% by post and it'll just lead to disputes.
93
05/02/2021 10:49:01 18 18
bbc
"Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England"

If you vote Tory you will be voting to be lied to

You will be voting against feeding hungry children

You will be voting to support the failure of 110,000 death's 30,000 this year alone

You will voting for more corruption

You will be voting for the breakup of the UK with Scotland then NI leaving

It's time to reward the Tories failure
97
05/02/2021 10:54:50 8 2
bbc
I'm voting Tory because I'm just a plain evil person. zzzz
125
05/02/2021 10:58:39 0 1
bbc
Figures
93
05/02/2021 10:49:01 18 18
bbc
"Covid: Local elections to go ahead in England"

If you vote Tory you will be voting to be lied to

You will be voting against feeding hungry children

You will be voting to support the failure of 110,000 death's 30,000 this year alone

You will voting for more corruption

You will be voting for the breakup of the UK with Scotland then NI leaving

It's time to reward the Tories failure
98
05/02/2021 10:54:59 1 1
bbc
By voting for labour hijacked by Tory Starmer?

Green maybe?
94
05/02/2021 10:53:33 7 6
bbc
The nation badly needs a Liberal Party that isn't self-loathing and actually stands up for the national interest. Pro-business Liberal Party that'll actually give school children decent meals..
99
05/02/2021 10:55:31 4 5
bbc
And students tuition fees
111
05/02/2021 10:57:49 2 1
bbc
Yeah I would be a Lib Dem but can't stand the current lot. No one represents me. I'm somewhere between Conservative and Labour/Green
74
Nin
05/02/2021 10:49:50 5 11
bbc
Ive been a Labour voter my entire life but I will not vote for this Tory nonsense masquerading as Labour. Starmer must go.
100
05/02/2021 10:55:38 5 1
bbc
Is Starmer standing in local elections?