Thursday, 6 May 2010

Service Guarantees Citizenship!

Its General Election day here in the UK, and all of you out there should get yourself down to the poll stations and cast your vote, no excuses.  Its the closest a general election has been in this country in a very long time and could be the time we finally see some changes in the political landscape which has remained the same for over a century - I for one welcome that.

So in homage to the ideals of the ST universe, when voting is a priviledge and not a right, I think we all owe it to ourselves to make our voice heard, not matter how small you think it is.


  1. Me and the wife are off to vote now. Must admit, we didn't bother last time because of apathy but there's a real need this time.

    I'm surprised the blogoshpere has kept itself politics free, I've only seen one political statement out of the hundreds of blogs I follow.

  2. Glad to hear you'll be doing your part.

    I haven't seem much in the gaming blogs I follow either, surprising really as often people are happy to throw their opinions out there. I've seen plenty on other blogs though.

    I definitely wanted to avoid making any kind of statement about who to vote for, but I do feel pretty strongly that people should go out and vote when the opportunity is there.

  3. We've just got back, it's very busy for a little village polling station.

    I think it's going to be an interesting election.

  4. Ditto for the interest tonight. I'm forgetful, so I voted by post last week.

    Mrs. Drax is American, so she's not eligable at the moment, but she's from the deliciously corrupt Chicago, where the motto is 'vote early; vote often'!

    And as for the blogosphere remaining largely apolitical, it is a real blessing. I got enough flak last summer when I posted about my love of the NHS following my tonsillectomy.

    As it happens, I withdrew myself from the BoLS Alliance because I was unhappy with the [US] political ads which were being featured. BigRed was awfully good about it - they have relatively little control over their sites adverts, alas.

    - Drax.

  5. RE Bols, I suppose that's what happens when you go down the commercial route. I'm not sure I'd like people been able to advertise on my blog without me having editorial control.

    Personally, I never noticed the political adverts but then, I'm assuming that having an American wife makes you more aware of these things.

  6. Yeah, maybe. Sadly there's a lot of hatred, fear-mongering and nastiness in American politics.

    I should probably be doing some work right now...

  7. A very interesting night, I'm keen to see what will happen now, although I'm a little disappointed in some things.

    Drax, you don't happen to have any relatives in politics in Dorset South do you?

  8. I couldn't comment on political advertising on BOLS as I've not really bothered with it for the last 8 months or so except occasionally checking some of the images.
    I definitely would want to have control over what else was posted on my blog, even if it was in advertising - seems wrong to just allow anyone to put a stamp on what is essentially your own online identity

  9. @bG:


    No, no, no, no, no, no. No.

    I often drive past the 'Drax' estate on my journey between Portsmouth and South Devon. It has a wall which runs for (literally) miles along the A35 and some awesomely tall ornamental gates. I see he won as a Tory candidate, and although I don't know if he has any actual links to the estate, I couldn't be overly surprised if he did!

    I take my moniker from an actual Admiral Drax of said estate: Admiral The Hon. Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. Worth a look on Wikipedia!

  10. It would appear that there is a link between the estate you pass and your namesake:
    "In 1916, Plunkett married Kathleen Chalmers. They had one son and four daughters. Their son is Henry Walter Plunkett, who is the father of Richard Drax, Conservative Candidate for South Dorset in the 2010 General Election." - wikipedia

    You've chosen well for yourself - grandfather to a Conservative candidate, or perhaps you'll be wanting to change your name after this ;)