Labour pays respect to Margaret Thatcher
09 April 2013
Labour pays respect to Margaret
Labour is today paying its
respects to the family, friends and colleagues of former
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who passed away
“Baroness Thatcher was a passionate and
formidable politician who loved her country. While I
didn’t agree with many of her policies, she was a strong
and decisive leader with unwavering principles. She was
Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister.
“We join with political leaders around the world in
remembering Margaret Thatcher’s service to the people of
Britain and her significant impact on the global political
environment,” said David Shearer.
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>