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Posts Tagged ‘general election 2010’

Vote for a generation, not for a party

Posted by Martin Poulter on 21 April 2010

The Baby Boomers (those born in the generation after WWII) are the richest generation in history, at the expense of subsequent generations. They had free university tuition when their sons and daughters have to pay. They bought cheap houses before the boom and so acquired huge wealth while keeping young people off the property ladder. Their consumption created huge quantities of pollution whose costs the subsequent generations have to bear.

Two people trying to raise awareness of this intergenerational robbery are David Willetts (A Tory MP) and Neil Boorman (a former Guardian columnist). Boorman’s blog, It’s All Their Fault sets out the problem in a few pages and includes this radical voting suggestion:

Thanks Ryan for the link!

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David Cameron presents a new Vision for Britain

Posted by Tom Gidden on 20 April 2010

“We’re going to get rid of any parent who isn’t happy with their child being uploaded to YouTube, because that’s what the system’s there for.”

(NSFW language)

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Skeptical Voter

Posted by Martin Poulter on 18 April 2010

This interesting wiki-based project doesn’t “rate” politicians, but simply lists their positions on various science-related topics and lets the reader decide whether and how that should affect their voting intentions. Like all wikis, it’s a work in progress. Pretty much the ideal candidate from a skeptical perspective is Dr Evan Harris (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon). Probably the worst, in the sense of wilful scientific illiteracy, is David Tredinnick (Conservative, Bosworth). The thought of Peter Lilley (Conservative, Hitchin & Harpenden) getting back in is horrifying as well, not to mention the anti-science party policies of  UKIP.

I’d be interested to hear about other projects looking at the candidates from different perspectives. My Gay Vote is a related project, though it summarises historical voting patterns rather than looking at specific candidates’ opinions.

A postscript, June 2010: tragically for science and rational thought, Evan Harris lost his seat by a narrow margin. David Tredinnick is now a member of the health select committee.

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