[Gllug] UK Government software

Rich Walker rw at shadow.org.uk
Wed Jul 10 19:36:19 UTC 2002

Jim Bailey <jim at freesolutions.net> writes:

> On Wed, Jul 10, 2002 at 05:29:43PM +0100, Rich Walker wrote:
> > Jim Bailey <jim at freesolutions.net> writes:
> > 
> > > On Tue, Jul 09, 2002 at 08:37:32PM +0100, Chris Bell wrote:
> > > > 
> > > >    Would anyone else like to reply, or add some comments to my next post?
> > > >
> > 
> > I turned up at my MP's surgery and asked questions about a matter
> > completely unrelated to this thread. Four days layer I got paper mail
> > with responses to my queries. Oh, and apparently having a consituent
> > turn up to the surgery and argue coherently about something is one of
> > those "count this vote more heavily" things. If you were really well
> > prepared, you could turn up with a wireless notebook, and ask your MP
> > questions from an IRC channel...
> >
> If I turned up at her surgery I figure I would of done more harm than
> good since she would of twigged pretty quickly that I was a black flag
> waving non voter and therefore of little value to her.  

Well, since that matches both my job description and appearance, I call
Kropotkin and raise you Angel Alley... Realistically, a politician can't
afford to offend a voter - even one that might not vote. Turning up at
the surgery pretty much guarantees they have to listen to you - or have
you ejected by force, which looks Really Bad when it turns up in the

> I have no objection to working with these people though for the
> 'common good' even if I am not quiet sure what that is.  Voting for
> these people however gives me a gut instinct of 'wrongness' that no
> rational debate has yet been able to overcome.

Like the man said: falling turnout at elections is not a sign that
people find it harder to go and vote: but it is a sign that people find
it harder to find someone to vote for...

cheers, Rich.

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