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Nosemonkey's EUtopia

In search of a European identity

London elections – my vote, for those interested

Due to hating the party system, today I shall take great pleasure in not voting based on the colour of the rosettes – not least because the Lib Dems have inexplicably adopted UKIP’s colour scheme of yellow and purple, making things both aesthetically repulsive and slightly confusing – but on individual candidates’ policies, personalities and potential.

This entertainingly means that I will end up voting for the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems all on the same day.

Huzzah for elections where I get four votes! (Boo, however, for party list systems, which means my fourth vote is going to be very difficult to allocate – hence not having voted yet… I may even say sod it and go for the Greens, just so I can vote for four parties at once…)

In other news: Congrats to the BBC’s Alan Little, who won last night’s UACES-Reuters Reporting Europe Award, like wot I was up for. I ended up with a shiny award anyway, though, with a Jury’s Commendation, which was nice. I can also report that Reuters lay on very drinkable wine, and that Mark Mardell makes for good company at the dinner table. Ta to all involved, etc.

Edit: Oh, and sorry for the lack of posts recently. Still very busy – but there’s still a rather fun discussion going on in the comments to that democratic deficit post, though. One to which I will return soon. I hope.

5 Comments

  1. Never mind, better luck next time. I would have liked to have been there! What, pray, is a “jury’s commendation”? And did all the shortlisted people get one?

  2. I’m not entirely sure what it is, to be honest – but yes, all four of us runners-up (Mark Mardell, The Economist’s John Peet and the FT’s Bertrand Beniot) got the same. Good company to be in, it must be said…

    I really must improve my networking skills, though – singularly failed to ask anyone for a job during the whole evening… Good CV line, though!

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  4. It is important to vote in the forthcoming elections. The parties have very different – Labour for example don’t seem to have any answers except more of the same, the tories wish to become more isolationist (hence the move to leave the EPP group of the european elections. The Lib Dems believe that Europe provides the UK an opportunity to recover from the recession by working more closer with their neighbours see http://www.jonathanfryer4europe.com/ for more details of their message.

  5. It is important to vote in the forthcoming elections. The parties have very different policies – Labour for example don’t seem to have any answers except more of the same, the tories wish to become more isolationist (hence the move to leave the EPP group of the european elections). The Lib Dems believe that Europe provides the UK an opportunity to recover from the recession by working more closer with their neighbours see http://www.jonathanfryer4europe.com/ for more details of their message.