Appointment of Susan Devoy as Race Relations Commissioner
20 March 2013
Appointment of Susan Devoy as Race
The Federation would like to
congratulate Dame Susan Devoy on her appointment as the Race
Relations Commissioner. First, we are delighted that this
position still remains. We have had a fruitful relationship
with Dame Susan’s predecessor Joris De Bres and we look
forward to working with Dame Susan in the same constructive
and positive manner.
Dame Susan will bring much experience
and knowledge with her to the role and we look forward to
working with her to achieve the outcomes of this
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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>>