more of the same

Here in the UK there were elections on Thursday. Quite what elections those were depended on whereabouts in the UK you live, but, in different places, there were elections for local councillors, for Police & Crime Commissioners and for various city Mayors, as well as one by-election for an MP.

Although it was popular in my youth to say, “Don’t vote: the government always gets in,” I was brought up by parents who believed that if you have a vote you should use it.
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500 million

After several days of glorious summer, the solid rain that woke me early this morning reminds me that “bad governments bring bad weather” and here in the UK it’s the day to head to the polling station.

Fifty pence coin sufragette commemorative issue
The BBC website reminds us:

On 22-25 May voters in the EU’s 28 member states will elect their representatives in Europe. Their choices will affect 500 million EU citizens.

The futures of 500 million people is a big responsibility; under our current system it is also a shared responsibility. I wasn’t really thinking of the bigger picture when I sent off my postal vote a few days ago; now I rather hope some of those voters in other countries are thinking more about me than I did about them.


happy families

A paragraph from from Cantueso’s Shoptalk blog amused me. In the interests of political objectivity, I’ll point out that he starts the post by stating “En mi pueblo el alcalde es del PP”, whereas in my pueblo, the mayor is from the PSOE. It really doesn’t matter either way:

Como el alcalde tiene mucho trabajo, lo comparte con sus suegros, primos, primas, sobrinos, yernos, nueras, y con los familiares y amigos de éstos. Por eso el ayuntamiento es como una gran familia donde todos se quieren […]

which roughly translates as:
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