69 DAYS UNTIL THE GENERAL ELECTION

Yep, it’s just 69 days to go… If that number made you giggle (childish) then why not make sure you’re registered to vote by filling in the form here: (https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote), then having a quick go at the questionnaire on this site: (https://uk.isidewith.com/) to see which party you’re most in agreement with on all manner of policy areas, from immigration to environment.

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Voter turn-out has dwindled in recent years, maybe due to apathy, to lack of hope, to a belief that “they’re all the bloody same”, etc. The truth is, if you don’t vote you’ll be squandering a hard-fought-for right that people died for. Registering to vote takes literally three minutes. The ‘isidewith’ questionnaire takes no more than 15 minutes to answer and it will give you a broad idea of which parties seem to share opinions with you. Less than 20 minutes of your time is all it’ll take. Many people say that the main parties are all the same without ever looking into their policies – it doesn’t take long to find out more about them and that ‘isidewith’ questionnaire can help.

If you’ve never voted, register now and vote on May 7th. If you have voted before, it’s still worth making sure you’re registered to do so again as recent rules changes could mean you’ve dropped off the register. It would be a real shame if, when you head out to vote, you find you aren’t eligible to do so this time around. And WHOEVER you decide to vote for – Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Greens, Plaid Cymru, SNP, even UKIP (please don’t) or whoever – please just VOTE! If nothing else it’ll give you the right to moan about our leaders.

Because, as the old joke goes, “whoever you vote for, the government always get in”. It’s up to you to make sure it’s the government you want. Please use your vote.

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