Politics 101

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Politics is so confusing, right? Well with the general election officially three days away, do you know who you’re voting for on May 6th 2010?

This years general election is perhaps the most confusing election in the last 36 years, we may end up with a hung parliament, the first since 1974,

What is a hung parliament? http://tinyurl.com/2bd3qva

In 2000, 44 million people in the UK were registed to vote; 36 million of which were in England, statistics also show that upto 500,000 first-time voters will be included in this election, so who do you vote for when you don’t even know who the prime minister is?

Here is some useful information from the BBC for first-time voters: http://tinyurl.com/y9nyymu

How about a brief and unbiased look at the 3 main political parties?

The Labour Party (Britain’s socialist democratic party): Founded in 1900, headed by Gordon Brown, (The Prime Minister) and is described as a “Center-Left Party”. The main ideas of this party is that they governor the country in a fair way, with every decision requiring an election with the primary aim to transform and progress the country. More on the parites manifesto: http://tinyurl.com/yyqbtxb

The Conservative Party (The Tories): Founded in 1648 and then reformed in 1912 headed by David Cameron (The shadow minister) and desribed as a “Center-Right Party”. The main ideas of this party is that they conserve the intergrity of the country, sticking to traditional values without making radical changes, stablising society. More on the parties manifesto: http://tinyurl.com/2wltp2h

The Liberal Democrats: Founded in 1648 and reformed in 1982 headed by Nick Clegg and described as a “Center Party”. The main ideas of this party is to promote individualism and strengthen the country with the expanse of jobs, health care and other public sectors. More on the parties manifesto: http://tinyurl.com/y2c9k2y

What do the terms right and left wing even mean? http://tinyurl.com/36b3vax

Yes, this is all a lot of reading, but I hope that I have helped you by gathering together some useful links to the information you need to make an informed decision. It’s up to you.

Disclaimer: I did not produce any of the information provided on these links.

Other links:

First Leader’s debate: http://tinyurl.com/y6duc3e
Second Leader’s debate: http://tinyurl.com/2wqcquw
Final Leader’s debate: http://tinyurl.com/23qenfd
Prime Ministeral debate with Jeremy Paxman: http://tinyurl.com/2w2gy56

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