Today is voting day!
Today we get to elect our local councils and also our MEPs - the people who represent us in the European Parliament!
There was a massive choice in candidates, especially for the European Parliament.
Labour - the party that is currently in power in the UK, formerly lead by Tony Blair. Claims to represent the normal working man, but most of them are from very wealthy backgrounds and the recent expenses scandal has revealed that many of them are about as corrupt as it gets.
Conservative - traditionally the partiy of the rich and privilaged, just as guilty in the expenses scandal but somehow coming out of it better - perhaps people just expect it of these people? :-)
Lib-Dems - the party that sits in the middle and doesn't usually have much power unless it can side with one of the big 2 to influence things. Good policies that will never see the light of day!
British National Party - the "We aren't Nazis at all, are we Mein Fuhrer?" party.
Green Party - This party wants to push the green agenda, forcing environmental issues to be put before things like profit.
The Roman Party - I have no idea what these stand for, but they caught my eye. If they stood for things like throwing criminals to the lions I might have voted for them :-)
The expenses scandal? Big news in the UK, maybe not overseas? This is all about MPs claiming all sorts of things as "expenses" and getting the tax payer to pay for it. Things like:
Cleaning of moats.
Porn for the husband to watch while the MP wife is in London working.
Paying sons thousands to do "research" while they are actually away at University.
Renovation of "second homes" which are then sold for a massive profit.
Home cinema systems.
A bath plug.
The list is huge and goes on and on. James will probably have a favourite.
Anyway, I cast my votes. Any guesses who for?