Fears of low turnout for local elections across Hampshire

Fears of low turnout for local elections

Esther Beament and Kathleen Armstrong at the March Hare in Harestock, which is currently being used as a polling station.

LABOUR: Jane Frankum

UKIP SPOKESMAN: Ray Finch

LIB DEM: Keith House

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Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

HAMPSHIRE goes to the polls today in the county council elections – but one party leader is predicting turn out could be the lowest for 20 years.

Keith House, leader of the Liberal Democrat group at Hampshire County Council, said, without the incentive of a General Election or election to the European Parliament, voters will simply not turn out in such large numbers.

2194389 Other parties predicted voter apathy, due to disillusionment, but also protest votes against the current Government.

But the Tories said they were expecting a good turnout. Voting numbers at the last county council election in 2009 fell across the county compared to the previous one, which coincided with the 2005 General Election.

Lowest was in Bordon, Whitehill and Lindford, East Hampshire, where 27.77 per cent of the electorate voted.

Cllr House said for the first time in two decades neither national or European elections coincided with today’s vote.

He said, when coupled with a General Election, normally 70 per cent of the electorate go to the polls but he expects turnout this time of around 30 or 40 per cent – lower than 2009.

Green member, Totton North Councillor Alan Weeks, echoed this prediction of low turnout, saying he expected between 25 and 30 per cent, compared with around 33 per cent in 2009.

But, he said some may turn to parties like UKIP or Green in protest at the traditional big three – Labour, Conservative or Liberal Democrat.

However, Conservative spokesman Colin Davidovitz said: “A large number of people have already used their postal votes and from the pledges we have received we expect a good turnout and to make gains.”

Labour’s only member in Hampshire Jane Frankum said she believed turn out would not be high as she had seen a lot of apathy from people dissatisfied with the Coalition Government.

But equally, she had spoken to others planning to protest vote against those same parties.

“I’ve never been more unsure of what will happen than this time in terms of turnout,” she said.

Ray Finch, south east spokesman for UKIP, who is standing in the Bedhampton and Leigh Park in Havant, said he felt turnout would be down on 2009 due to staunch voters of the three main parties feeling disillusioned and choosing not to vote.

But, he added that UKIP had spoken to many people at the door who would be voting for them having not voted for 20 or 30 years.

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7:59am Thu 2 May 13

Interserie says...

If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO.

If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them?

As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else.

Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.
If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO. If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them? As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else. Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election. Interserie
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8:55am Thu 2 May 13

massimoosti says...

Don't worry Keith - all your expenses, salaries and back handers will be safe for the next couple of years.
Don't worry Keith - all your expenses, salaries and back handers will be safe for the next couple of years. massimoosti
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9:53am Thu 2 May 13

Turtlebay says...

Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do! Turtlebay
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10:01am Thu 2 May 13

For pity sake says...

Interserie wrote:
If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO.

If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them?

As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else.

Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.
I agree. There has been nothing except the usual twitter (old definition) from the Liberals.
The Echo has a page (not obvious to find) which shows the candidates for each area with links to a profile for each person. The problem is they are all empty. If they couldn't afford to leaflet the voters, surely they could have put something on the web.
I refuse to vote for Liberal again, would not under any circumstances vote Tory so I'm left to vote blind...
[quote][p][bold]Interserie[/bold] wrote: If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO. If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them? As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else. Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.[/p][/quote]I agree. There has been nothing except the usual twitter (old definition) from the Liberals. The Echo has a page (not obvious to find) which shows the candidates for each area with links to a profile for each person. The problem is they are all empty. If they couldn't afford to leaflet the voters, surely they could have put something on the web. I refuse to vote for Liberal again, would not under any circumstances vote Tory so I'm left to vote blind... For pity sake
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10:10am Thu 2 May 13

Taskforce 141 says...

Politics: "A bunch of liars wanting to lie to you so that they can continue to lie and protect their own interests."
Politics: "A bunch of liars wanting to lie to you so that they can continue to lie and protect their own interests." Taskforce 141
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10:12am Thu 2 May 13

one in a million says...

All we had is some arrogant claim from the local non-entity lib dem candidate announcing they were "winning again" even before a vote was cast.

Since the clamour of the by-election in Eastleigh not a word has been heard from Mr Thornton.

Wish people would vote these lib dems out!
All we had is some arrogant claim from the local non-entity lib dem candidate announcing they were "winning again" even before a vote was cast. Since the clamour of the by-election in Eastleigh not a word has been heard from Mr Thornton. Wish people would vote these lib dems out! one in a million
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10:13am Thu 2 May 13

freefinker says...

OK folks, SOUTHY’S APRIL POSTINGS, is now available to view at http://solentnow.pro
boards.com/index.cgi
?board=news

Enjoy.
OK folks, SOUTHY’S APRIL POSTINGS, is now available to view at http://solentnow.pro boards.com/index.cgi ?board=news Enjoy. freefinker
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10:39am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else. southy
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10:41am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

For pity sake wrote:
Interserie wrote:
If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO.

If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them?

As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else.

Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.
I agree. There has been nothing except the usual twitter (old definition) from the Liberals.
The Echo has a page (not obvious to find) which shows the candidates for each area with links to a profile for each person. The problem is they are all empty. If they couldn't afford to leaflet the voters, surely they could have put something on the web.
I refuse to vote for Liberal again, would not under any circumstances vote Tory so I'm left to vote blind...
Have a look for TUSC or Independant Labour
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Interserie[/bold] wrote: If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO. If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them? As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else. Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.[/p][/quote]I agree. There has been nothing except the usual twitter (old definition) from the Liberals. The Echo has a page (not obvious to find) which shows the candidates for each area with links to a profile for each person. The problem is they are all empty. If they couldn't afford to leaflet the voters, surely they could have put something on the web. I refuse to vote for Liberal again, would not under any circumstances vote Tory so I'm left to vote blind...[/p][/quote]Have a look for TUSC or Independant Labour southy
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10:42am Thu 2 May 13

Cyber__Fug says...

southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ?????? Cyber__Fug
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10:47am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others
[quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ??????[/p][/quote]Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others southy
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10:52am Thu 2 May 13

Cyber__Fug says...

southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others
well, if it was the same as the percentage that voted for you then I dont think he will have too much to worry about as there are a lot more people laughing at your ramblings...
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ??????[/p][/quote]Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others[/p][/quote]well, if it was the same as the percentage that voted for you then I dont think he will have too much to worry about as there are a lot more people laughing at your ramblings... Cyber__Fug
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11:05am Thu 2 May 13

freefinker says...

southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others
.. gosh, I’m quaking in my boots with fear.

I doubt very much that those at the Keir demo have even heard of freefinker or southy, let alone follow the comments board of a not very good regional rag.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ??????[/p][/quote]Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others[/p][/quote].. gosh, I’m quaking in my boots with fear. I doubt very much that those at the Keir demo have even heard of freefinker or southy, let alone follow the comments board of a not very good regional rag. freefinker
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11:17am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

freefinker wrote:
southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others
.. gosh, I’m quaking in my boots with fear.

I doubt very much that those at the Keir demo have even heard of freefinker or southy, let alone follow the comments board of a not very good regional rag.
You be wrong yet again Free they have, woody even posts on here now and again.
By the way do not blame any one else apart from your self for taking it off subject.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ??????[/p][/quote]Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others[/p][/quote].. gosh, I’m quaking in my boots with fear. I doubt very much that those at the Keir demo have even heard of freefinker or southy, let alone follow the comments board of a not very good regional rag.[/p][/quote]You be wrong yet again Free they have, woody even posts on here now and again. By the way do not blame any one else apart from your self for taking it off subject. southy
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11:21am Thu 2 May 13

ohec says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are. ohec
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11:27am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for southy
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11:27am Thu 2 May 13

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Cyber__Fug wrote:
southy wrote:
Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.
you reckon ??????
Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others
Yes of course they were Peter, we believe you without question.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cyber__Fug[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Only thing is free more are laughing at you than any one else.[/p][/quote]you reckon ??????[/p][/quote]Not reckon know so, I will not repeat what those demos lot that was out side the Keir building, was saying about free and others[/p][/quote]Yes of course they were Peter, we believe you without question. Shoong
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11:44am Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years.
Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years. southy
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12:15pm Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

What will interest me more today will be the turns outs and where
What will interest me more today will be the turns outs and where southy
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12:26pm Thu 2 May 13

skeptik says...

Some say nothing will change if I vote - well go and vote to get the professional political class out - Three main parties all playing the same game - just the colour of the strip changes. Same game, same rules with home referees. Pick an independent - if you say nothing changes make the change. They will never learn lessons until you do the teaching.
Some say nothing will change if I vote - well go and vote to get the professional political class out - Three main parties all playing the same game - just the colour of the strip changes. Same game, same rules with home referees. Pick an independent - if you say nothing changes make the change. They will never learn lessons until you do the teaching. skeptik
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1:02pm Thu 2 May 13

sburman says...

Labour maxed out our national credit card.
LibCon haven't a clue what to do about it.
I'm not convinced yet as to what the UKIP actually stand for. Are thet too much right wing?
I have heard nothing about who is standing in my area anyway.

I think I will stay at home for this one
Labour maxed out our national credit card. LibCon haven't a clue what to do about it. I'm not convinced yet as to what the UKIP actually stand for. Are thet too much right wing? I have heard nothing about who is standing in my area anyway. I think I will stay at home for this one sburman
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1:52pm Thu 2 May 13

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years.
I don't see anyone moaning but on an almost hourly basis I notice people pointing out your outrageous howlers which you then spend the rest of the day defending before disappearing, rather than admit you're wrong. How many others have a website dedicated to their failures?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years.[/p][/quote]I don't see anyone moaning but on an almost hourly basis I notice people pointing out your outrageous howlers which you then spend the rest of the day defending before disappearing, rather than admit you're wrong. How many others have a website dedicated to their failures? Torchie1
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1:58pm Thu 2 May 13

simmo707 says...

BROKEN BRITAIN UNDER TORIES – ILLEGAL INDUCEMENTS FOR JOBCENTRE STAFF
In some Jobcentres violent attacks have trebled against staff concerning Sanctions .When you have a Government Department that rewards its workers with M&S vouchers of £25 for hitting Sanction Targets we as a Country are going down a very Slippery Slope .It totally shows that JC staff are basically against the sanctions otherwise why the Inducements .ID Smiths form of Fascism is somewhat different to Hitler’s but nonetheless an underhand form of Bribery do the Government think everyone can be bought.
www.brokenbritainund
ertories.com
BROKEN BRITAIN UNDER TORIES – ILLEGAL INDUCEMENTS FOR JOBCENTRE STAFF In some Jobcentres violent attacks have trebled against staff concerning Sanctions .When you have a Government Department that rewards its workers with M&S vouchers of £25 for hitting Sanction Targets we as a Country are going down a very Slippery Slope .It totally shows that JC staff are basically against the sanctions otherwise why the Inducements .ID Smiths form of Fascism is somewhat different to Hitler’s but nonetheless an underhand form of Bribery do the Government think everyone can be bought. www.brokenbritainund ertories.com simmo707
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2:50pm Thu 2 May 13

stay local says...

southy wrote:
ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for
Note this classic statement from the total socialist. Those years when you did not vote...were the the ones when you were trying to get elected. Hardly the shining light of democracy! Also Peter did the TUSC sanction your political agitation when you attend the protest outside Kiers a company you have no connection with?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for[/p][/quote]Note this classic statement from the total socialist. Those years when you did not vote...were the the ones when you were trying to get elected. Hardly the shining light of democracy! Also Peter did the TUSC sanction your political agitation when you attend the protest outside Kiers a company you have no connection with? stay local
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3:27pm Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

stay local wrote:
southy wrote:
ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for
Note this classic statement from the total socialist. Those years when you did not vote...were the the ones when you were trying to get elected. Hardly the shining light of democracy! Also Peter did the TUSC sanction your political agitation when you attend the protest outside Kiers a company you have no connection with?
as you all ready know stay local, it was the years following Neil Kinnoch leadership and Labour no longer doing what it was design to do (it was design to represent the majority) and just the torys and all other right wing political groups labour became the same representing the few, but like all right wing groups they need the left wing to vote them into power
[quote][p][bold]stay local[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]Very true ohec saddly there was years when i stop voting also, not that i did not want to just not one there to vote for[/p][/quote]Note this classic statement from the total socialist. Those years when you did not vote...were the the ones when you were trying to get elected. Hardly the shining light of democracy! Also Peter did the TUSC sanction your political agitation when you attend the protest outside Kiers a company you have no connection with?[/p][/quote]as you all ready know stay local, it was the years following Neil Kinnoch leadership and Labour no longer doing what it was design to do (it was design to represent the majority) and just the torys and all other right wing political groups labour became the same representing the few, but like all right wing groups they need the left wing to vote them into power southy
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3:32pm Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

stay local, seeing you do not know what the protest was about out side of Kiers (but then again you never take the time and trouble to find out).
the demo out side of Kiers and other companys was about the black listing of workers who point out H&S regulations and unsafe working condition at the work place
stay local, seeing you do not know what the protest was about out side of Kiers (but then again you never take the time and trouble to find out). the demo out side of Kiers and other companys was about the black listing of workers who point out H&S regulations and unsafe working condition at the work place southy
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4:08pm Thu 2 May 13

miltonarcher says...

Is southy actually some sort of on-line in the cloud computer that randomly generates gobbledegook and infects this site? Is there a programmer out there who could have a go a deciphering the unintelligible spiel and then re-post it so we could all understand it.
Is southy actually some sort of on-line in the cloud computer that randomly generates gobbledegook and infects this site? Is there a programmer out there who could have a go a deciphering the unintelligible spiel and then re-post it so we could all understand it. miltonarcher
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4:19pm Thu 2 May 13

Shoong says...

southy wrote:
Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years.
So with what method & how do you find the time to constantly spout bilge on here then? iPhone? Y'know, one of those devices created by uber capitalist Steve Jobs?

'Finding out what is going on' is fine but just going to meetings nodding your head and going to rallies taking pictures for your propagandist Facebook page doesn't count as any kind of effort in my book. You'd be laughed out of the building anywhere you went.

I rarely have time to post in the office - I'm working too hard Peter but as we all know you seem to have plenty of time on your hands harbouring this deep rooted sense of entitlement. Besides, I'm on holiday - what a lovely day for voting.

It's quite clear to see that you know your loony TUSC rabble is in for another pasting today. Should make some amusing reading tomorrow, I'm sure you are making up all kinds of strange excuses, propaganda and outright lies for Friday despite the figures staring you in the face.

I'm sure the DE reporters have quite fond memories of you - just not in the way you might except.

Running scared is the theme of today.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Shoong unlike you and freefinker, Torchie1 and few others i do not sit at home or in the office all day moaning and complaining, I am out and about going to demo's rallys strikes and meeting, to find out what is going on, and if you like to ask the Echo Reporters they can confirm that as I have meet most of them over the last few years.[/p][/quote]So with what method & how do you find the time to constantly spout bilge on here then? iPhone? Y'know, one of those devices created by uber capitalist Steve Jobs? 'Finding out what is going on' is fine but just going to meetings nodding your head and going to rallies taking pictures for your propagandist Facebook page doesn't count as any kind of effort in my book. You'd be laughed out of the building anywhere you went. I rarely have time to post in the office - I'm working too hard Peter but as we all know you seem to have plenty of time on your hands harbouring this deep rooted sense of entitlement. Besides, I'm on holiday - what a lovely day for voting. It's quite clear to see that you know your loony TUSC rabble is in for another pasting today. Should make some amusing reading tomorrow, I'm sure you are making up all kinds of strange excuses, propaganda and outright lies for Friday despite the figures staring you in the face. I'm sure the DE reporters have quite fond memories of you - just not in the way you might except. Running scared is the theme of today. Shoong
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4:25pm Thu 2 May 13

whufan says...

I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected.
I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected. whufan
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4:36pm Thu 2 May 13

southy says...

whufan wrote:
I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected.
county elections, theres no citys or large town elections
[quote][p][bold]whufan[/bold] wrote: I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected.[/p][/quote]county elections, theres no citys or large town elections southy
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4:58pm Thu 2 May 13

whufan says...

southy wrote:
whufan wrote:
I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected.
county elections, theres no citys or large town elections
"Sarcasm" ever heard of it? Whilst we are on the subject, excellent grammar, as always!
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whufan[/bold] wrote: I didn't know there were local elections on, why didn't someone put a leaflet through my door! Suppose it will be all my fault now when the wrong suit is elected.[/p][/quote]county elections, theres no citys or large town elections[/p][/quote]"Sarcasm" ever heard of it? Whilst we are on the subject, excellent grammar, as always! whufan
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6:14pm Thu 2 May 13

Interserie says...

Interserie wrote:
If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO. If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them? As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else. Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.
Well, despite the lack of info about the candidate, I did go and vote this morning, 4 hours after the polls opened.

4 voting officers present to oversee the voting process, each reading a book.

I was only the 7th person to vote !!!!!

They're going to need more books to read at this rate.
[quote][p][bold]Interserie[/bold] wrote: If Hedge End is anything to go by then interest in these elections is likely to be ZERO. If the political parties can't even be bothered to send out a leaflet, why should we be bothered to vote for them? As of today (election day) we have had just a single sheet from the Liberals. NOTHING from the Tories, Labour, UKIP or anyone else. Maybe they are broke after the bin loads they sent during the Eastleigh by-election.[/p][/quote]Well, despite the lack of info about the candidate, I did go and vote this morning, 4 hours after the polls opened. 4 voting officers present to oversee the voting process, each reading a book. I was only the 7th person to vote !!!!! They're going to need more books to read at this rate. Interserie
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6:44pm Thu 2 May 13

sump_in_cave says...

I think people should vote or at least get active in some way, even if they don't believe it has a direct effect. I did get flyers from 3 parties, with the obvious 'promises'. Went out and voted for the smallest one.
I think people should vote or at least get active in some way, even if they don't believe it has a direct effect. I did get flyers from 3 parties, with the obvious 'promises'. Went out and voted for the smallest one. sump_in_cave
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6:51pm Thu 2 May 13

J.P.M says...

ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
Nobody died so I could vote.
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]Nobody died so I could vote. J.P.M
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6:58pm Thu 2 May 13

eurogordi says...

Turn out is likely to be low because disillusioned voters see no difference between the three main parties ... but those who do bother to vote could well vote for other parties (go UKIP!!) and get elected as a result. At least, that's what I'm hoping.

As for leaflets, I received several from all parties in the last few weeks ... including one that was full of lies from my local Conservative candidate. I emailed him with the evidence to show how wrong he was and he hasn't even bothered to reply!
Turn out is likely to be low because disillusioned voters see no difference between the three main parties ... but those who do bother to vote could well vote for other parties (go UKIP!!) and get elected as a result. At least, that's what I'm hoping. As for leaflets, I received several from all parties in the last few weeks ... including one that was full of lies from my local Conservative candidate. I emailed him with the evidence to show how wrong he was and he hasn't even bothered to reply! eurogordi
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7:12pm Thu 2 May 13

Torchie1 says...

J.P.M wrote:
ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
Nobody died so I could vote.
You are quite correct but that wasn't what was said, it was pointed out that people in huge numbers died so that you had the right to vote.
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]Nobody died so I could vote.[/p][/quote]You are quite correct but that wasn't what was said, it was pointed out that people in huge numbers died so that you had the right to vote. Torchie1
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7:19pm Thu 2 May 13

Matt Probert says...

"Who ever you vote for the government gets in".

If you really think voting makes any difference, then I weep for you.

M@tt
"Who ever you vote for the government gets in". If you really think voting makes any difference, then I weep for you. M@tt Matt Probert
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3:21am Sat 4 May 13

Turtlebay says...

ohec wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do!
Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.
You are entitled to your opinion. However to personally attack me is not acceptable.

It is my right not to vote, just as it is the right of the returning officer to refuse to check that he's sent out polling cards informing residents WHERE to vote!
[quote][p][bold]ohec[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Nothing will change even if you do vote, which I can't be bothered to do![/p][/quote]Pathetic attitude is it any wonder the country is in such a state when you have people like this, thousands of men and women died so you could have the right to vote. And yes you are right nothing will change if people have the same attitude as you, what a sad person you are.[/p][/quote]You are entitled to your opinion. However to personally attack me is not acceptable. It is my right not to vote, just as it is the right of the returning officer to refuse to check that he's sent out polling cards informing residents WHERE to vote! Turtlebay
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