Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Our Man's plea - I love you Blighty, but I've only got 96 hours to save the country



So, Blighty goes to the polls May 6th, huh? Well, Our Man won't.

Despite posturing that it's because he doesn't even have an old nag in the race (Although he is a registered voter in Margaret Beckett's seat, Derby South, ahem), it's actually because he can't. See this about voting by post (from here):


Eh? He's got to receive his postal ballot from the UK, tick on all the "none-of-the-above" boxes and bung it in the envelope licketty quick, pop it back in the post and pray it arrives back in downtown Derby all in 96 hours.

T'ain't gonna happen. (Unless it's delivered by Prius-post)

Well, he may consider a proxy voter, as the Electoral Commission helpfully suggests. OK, so who does Our Man trust to cast his vote for him? Well, there's his Old Man and Little Sister in Blighty, but he can't ask them to motor up the M1 on a Thursday night into strange (in oh-so-many-ways) territory to cast a vote in an election that he has no idea who to vote for anyway.

So, he won't be voting this election.

Unless...

You, dear reader, are an anarcho-liberal-traditionalist with feminist/pragmatic/Woody-Allenist tendencies - and promise to vote for whom in your heart you know Our Man should pick, oh, and you live in the Derby South constituency.

Any takers? Apply within, er, sharpish.

More (or less) thought on such matters, here.

9 comments:

Roberto said...

Ah, sweet disenfranchisement. The way postal ballots work (or don't) for Americans, though, makes me think your vote may be counted even if it arrives late.

Postal ballots in America are (I have been assured, hahaha!) counted, eventually, though a winner may (will) have long been declared. In practice this means they only really "count" if a race is close, but ... they count. Or until the Supreme Court says they don't.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Actually, the powers that be are quite up front about it - if your vote doesn't make it into the ballot box by 10 pm election day, it will not be counted.

Roberto said...

Write your MP! :D

Roberto said...

I should add that Americans overseas don't really have MPs (or their equivalent). Following the adage that "all politics are local", we are of near-zero interest to elected officialdom.

Taxation without representation ...

Winchester whisperer said...

Would have done...

ThePenguin said...

Happily I have discovered I am disenfranchised, as it's been more than a decade-and-a-half since I was on any UK electoral register, so I don't need to worry myself about such issues.

I think one of the reasons I let it lapse was to get the poll-tax (or whatever replaced it) off my back as I wasn't living in the country any more.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Damn. Thought you'd be my proxy, Penguin. Maybe I could ask Margaret Beckett to be my proxy? She lives in Derby South. Kind know who she'll vote for though.

BTW, Our Man's RSS agent feed can't seem to figure out your website. Are you still transmitting? Over.

Our Man in Abiko said...

Oh, and thanks for commenting Roberto. I'd forgotten you Colonials had a spot of bother with your postal ballots recently.

ThePenguin said...

First time I voted in the UK I had nine votes, and six of them went to my parents. (Work that one out). I was also a card-carrying member of the party at the time (gawd was I a boring teenager), so I might not be entirely clear of bias myself.

Anyway my feed seems to be working, any problems have been on the side of the content producer, not the content distributor.