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BBC exclusive, but no one knows

#1
Watching the BEEB 6 o'clock news last night and Mark Mardell was doing a piece about Captain Incompetence Brown and mentioned that the General Election was 8 weeks away?

ffs, when was this announced?
did i hear right?
is our glorious leader unaware?
 
#3
It does not matter a Jot when the Election is, we should all get use to the fact that we are in for another five (5) years of Labour Rule.

God Help Us.


Aye

Magic
 
#5
mick_sterbs said:
Watching the BEEB 6 o'clock news last night and Mark Mardell was doing a piece about Captain Incompetence Brown and mentioned that the General Election was 8 weeks away?

ffs, when was this announced?
did i hear right?
is our glorious leader unaware?
You haven't been listening, have you?

Five years is the maximum period for a Parliament. This is specified within provisions contained under the Septennial Act 1715, amended by Section 7 of the Parliament Act 1911.

The five years run from the first meeting of Parliament following a UK Parliamentary general election. The current Parliament was first summoned on Wednesday 11 May 2005, so will cease to exist at midnight on Monday 10 May 2010. A general election to elect the new Parliament must be held by no later than Thursday 3 June 2010.
6 May appears to be the bookie's choice at the moment!

Litotes
 
#6
The Labour Party can't afford to conduct two campaigns, so 6 May is now looking most likely.

Shame because I was hoping he would cut and run this week on the back of a good poll rating.
 
#8
seaweed said:
6 May coincides with local elections. Difficult to see any rationale for using a different date.
IIRC it's also just about the last possible date to hold an election. Parliament will automatically disintegrate around the end of May if Gordon doesn't ask for a dissolution before then.

Does anybody know what would happen then? Can the Queen order an election? Would Britain revert to being an absolute monarchy (Your Majesty, if you're reading this, start practising key phrases like "Off with his head", "To the bloody tower with him" and "Nice to see you again Mr Brown, the Iron Maiden should here shortly, and it'll be you who is doing the singing.").
 
#10
The last possible date for the General Election is Thursday, 3 June. Electoral Commission: What is the last possible date for a General Election?

No-one except the Prime Minister knows the date yet, but the General Election is [self-edit] likely to be on Thursday 6 May, 2010.

BAFF advice for members who are likely to be in Afghanistan on that date remains as follows, but more detail is expected very soon now:

BAFF said:
We suggest that you wait out for further info to be issued soon through your unit, which we will repeat on this website. We have asked the Government for clarification on arrangements for those members of the reserve forces who will be in Afghanistan at the time of the General Election, and who prefer not to vote by proxy..
 
#11
'No-one except the Prime Minister knows the date yet' - No he doesn't, because Lord Rumba hasn't let him into the secret yet.

As has been posted many times on this site, they must have a budget before May. Alastair Darling cannot (and probably will not) lie about the state of the economy, so when even the BBC and the Great British Public finally realise the abysmal state of the finances, the cat will be out of the bag. If he thinks he has any chance of success (and the grotesque 'charm offensive' is all part of the ploy), Brown cannot afford the truth to be out. Ditherer or not, I don't think he will wait until the last moment.
 
#12
Fair enough, mnairb. My rather predictable interest is obviously in encouraging colleagues, especially serving personnel, to make sure they are registered to vote - in time for the Election - and then to make their own voting choice in the General Election when it comes. Equally obviously, we are monitoring the situation very closely and will issue fresh advice as and when the situation changes.
 
#13
hackle said:
Fair enough, mnairb. My rather predictable interest is obviously in encouraging colleagues, especially serving personnel, to make sure they are registered to vote - in time for the Election - and then to make their own voting choice in the General Election when it comes. Equally obviously, we are monitoring the situation very closely and will issue fresh advice as and when the situation changes.

Hackle

what happens for the local elections, do servicemen and women in theatre get the same voting choices as in the general election?
 
#14
Whet said:
hackle said:
Fair enough, mnairb. My rather predictable interest is obviously in encouraging colleagues, especially serving personnel, to make sure they are registered to vote - in time for the Election - and then to make their own voting choice in the General Election when it comes. Equally obviously, we are monitoring the situation very closely and will issue fresh advice as and when the situation changes.

Hackle

what happens for the local elections, do servicemen and women in theatre get the same voting choices as in the general election?
Yes but that does raise a detail which I will double-check with those concerned. Thanks Whet.
 
#16
CQMS said:
I'm still for March 25th, no need for a budget if they pick that day. Announcement on Monday.
But Brown's up at Chilcot next Friday, and I don't see him wanting to do that during an election campaign. Unless you know something we don't?
 
#17
flibbertigibbet said:
CQMS said:
I'm still for March 25th, no need for a budget if they pick that day. Announcement on Monday.
But Brown's up at Chilcot next Friday, and I don't see him wanting to do that during an election campaign. Unless you know something we don't?
Chilcot enquiry on hold if there's an election.
 
#18
Whet said:
hackle said:
Fair enough, mnairb. My rather predictable interest is obviously in encouraging colleagues, especially serving personnel, to make sure they are registered to vote - in time for the Election - and then to make their own voting choice in the General Election when it comes. Equally obviously, we are monitoring the situation very closely and will issue fresh advice as and when the situation changes.

Hackle

what happens for the local elections, do servicemen and women in theatre get the same voting choices as in the general election?
VOTE WALPOLE!
 

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LE
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#19
I think a spoiled ballot paper would be more useful than a Tory vote where I live. I am so far into the Ghetto, I reckon the BNP are probably the second most popular thing after our IRA - supported, 'stalking horse', socialist man - of the people....

Not that I would ever vote for Nick 'Bells Palsy' Griffin or any of his skinheads.
 

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