Politics: General Election – my thoughts

May 3rd, 2010 by Richy B. No comments »

I think, that in this weeks General Election, the following events will happen:
* There will be a hung parliament
* The Conservative party will have the most MPs (less than a 100 needed to form a majority government)
* If the Conservatives are short by less than 50 seats, they will try to form a minority government
* If the Conservatives are between 50 and 100 seats short, then they will approach the Liberal Democrats to form a government. The Liberal Democrats will, in turn, ask for Proportional Representation to be pushed through (although the Conservatives will not like it) and will ask for Vince Cable to become the Chancellor
* The Liberal Democrats will still be the third largest party, but there will only be a difference of less than 25 seats between them and Labour
* There will be at least 2 Green MPs
* No Pirate Party candidates will become MPs
* Gordon Brown will not resign as leader of the Labour party, but will instead be forced out in a leadership contest in one to two weeks after the election
* There will be around 12 recounts of key marginal seats
* The final official tally will not be known until after the 12th
* 6 constituencies will have postal votes investigated for fraud
* At least 2 Labour potential MPs will be investigated for breaching electoral guidelines
* There will be controversy by the public about the current “First Past the Post” system and more people will call for Proportional Representation
* There will not be another General Election in 2010

How right am I? Well, we’ll find out in a few days time…

Doctor Who: The Musical

April 30th, 2010 by Richy B. No comments »

Thanks to Les at Stupid Evil Bastard (who got it from ***Dave), here’s Doctor Who the musical:

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Life: Which country am I in?

April 28th, 2010 by Richy B. No comments »

Today whilst filing my annual return for Companies House, I was asked to select my Country/State of residence (because, you know, having a UK company listed on the England/Wales Companies House with a registered address in the UK and my service address being in the UK wasn’t enough of a giveaway). Not a problem thought I, so I clicked on the drop down list to be presented with:

  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland
  • UK
  • Great Britain

WTF? I could understand if it listed England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland separately (as technically they are different countries), but to list them AND “United Kingdom”, “UK” (is there a difference between those two?) and “Great Britain” just got me confused. I live and work in London, England, in Great Britain part of the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” commonly shortened to just “United Kingdom” or “UK”. So which should I pick….

Poitics: My thoughts on prison overcrowding

April 27th, 2010 by Richy B. No comments »

This post was inspired by one of Votematch’s questions which was “New prisons need to be built to ease overcrowding (Crime and Justice)”. Here’s who agreed and disagreed with the statement:

Me UKIP BNP LibDems Conservatives Green Labour
Agree Disagree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Open-minded

Current prisons are overcrowded (“two to a cell designed for one”, “doubled up in cells…113% of capacity” with Ministers admitting prisons are overcrowded), and whilst I do believe Prisoners should be punished – this does not mean depriving them of their human rights (note that access the television, computers, gym equipment etc are not human rights!). Therefore more prisons do, unfortunately, need to be built.

My response to comments on Votematch: UKIP did say that they “would double prison places” and Liberal Democrats said “[we] will make prison work to turn people away from a life of crime; We will take steps to stabilise the prison population in the short term and reduce it in the long term”: but did not state that they would ease overcrowding for people that should definitely be in prison (I’m talking the “serious” crimes such as murder here)

Poitics: My thoughts on the UK’s nuclear weapons

April 26th, 2010 by Richy B. No comments »

This post was inspired by one of Votematch’s questions which was “The UK’s stock of nuclear weapons should be reduced (Defence and Foreign affairs)”. Here’s who agreed and disagreed with the statement:

Me UKIP BNP LibDems Conservatives Green Labour
Agree Disagree Disagree Agree Disagree Agree Open-minded

And here’s my thoughts:
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