25 July 2009

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Sarah Palin, we hardly knew ye

Sarah Palin resigns as Alaska Governor tomorrow, leaving office well short of completing her first term. Her decision to quit eearly has left many people puzzled and wondering what role she will now take in the Republican party and in national politics.

I thought that this might be a good time to recap some of her best (and worst) bits...

What's the Bush doctrine?



I read all the newspapers



I can see Russia from my house



Palin at the RNC



Vice Presidential Debate aka "Can I call you Joe?"



Sarah Palin reigns



Bye Bye Sarah Palin. We hardly knew ye...

RIP Harry Patch



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Harry Potter the Liberal Democrat

Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, has told the latest issue of Attitude that he is a Liberal Democrat supporter.

Pink News reports that:
On his political allegiances, he said: "I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem.

"If all the people who liked them voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three party system."

However, his thoughts on prime minister Gordon Brown were less positive: "Paul Merton said, and I agree with him, 'it's a tragedy that this man has waited all his life to do this job - and now he finds out he can't do it.'

"I don't like the New Labour thing. I never experienced the optimism of New Labour, I was too young but I hear everyone was up and it was fantastic. I've only seen the bad years of it."

Radcliffe also had little enthusiasm for David Cameron, saying: "No! No, no, no, no, no! David Cameron is barely distinguishable from Tony Blair."

He added: "I think the reason why people don't vote is because the politicians are all so central now, it doesn't seem to matter who you vote for."

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Hundreds turn out for first UK primary

According to the BBC, the first British primary to select a parliamentary candidate has attracted hundreds of constituents.
Hundreds of people have turned out for a historic hustings in South Devon. In the first UK process of its kind, voters in Totnes can choose the Tories' candidate for the next election.
About 300 people were at Torbay Leisure Centre to hear from the three people bidding to stand for the Conservatives in Anthony Steen's seat.

Chagford GP Dr Sarah Wollaston, East Devon District Council leader Sara Randall-Johnson and Torbay Mayor Nick Bye were all allotted 30 minutes each.

The decision was made after Totnes MP Anthony Steen said he would stand down at the next election after reports of his expenses were made public by the Daily Telegraph.

Ballot papers have been sent to all 69,000 voters in Totnes. Mr Steen's successor will be announced on 30 July.
I am very supportive of the idea of open primaries. It seems a logical way to boost interest in political parties and the candidates standing in the election. One of the reasons that Barack Obama performed so strongly in the 2008 election was that Democratic voter registration increased so drastically throughout the competitive primary process.

Of course this is an entirely different situation, but the lessons can translate to the British system...

I do wonder how much its costing for the Conservatives to send out 69,000 ballots to local voters. Judging from my local Labour party, this isn't money that we have available to throw around!

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