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“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote” – George Jean Nathan

There are currently three results that I am eagerly awaiting the outcome on. In no particular order:

1. The Queens of the World Kit Colour Battle currently being waged across Facebook and Twitter

2. The Philippines Presidential Election

3. The UK General Election

Now I’m pretty certain that my campaigning on the first poll, and the fact that the writer/director blogged that they agree with me on the kit colour choice, means that I’m going to be happy with that result. I’m ignoring the fact that she actually puts giving me grief over the Kit Battle on her to do list. This poll closes on Friday but I’m already imagining how amazing the QotW ladies are going to look in their soccer uniforms. As soon as the shirts are ready you can bet I’ll be adding one to my collection.

I’m not sure how I feel about the Filipino presidential elections. Filipino politics is a joke. If the Americans thought they had it bad with ‘Dubya’ at least one of their leading candidates isn’t a former President who encited a revolution and was impeached, arrested, convicted, and placed under house arrest on corruption charges. I kid you not. This is the caliber of our politicians.

If I had a vote it would go to Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino. Unlike most Filipino political families his legacy is one of change and development rather than corruption and scandal. His parents are both Filipino heroes, rightfully so. His family were at the heart of the People Power Revolution and I firmly believe that he is the best thing that could happen to the country. His running mate, Mar Roxas, again from a political family with a legacy of helping the Filipino people. I can only hope come May 10th the people vote wisely.

Then we come to the UK General Election. The one poll that will have the greatest affect on my life and the one I am most unsure of, both in terms of the result and who I plan to vote for. 24hrs from now I will have cast my vote and the counting will have begun. By the morning we’re likely to know who’s in charge. Unlike US politics there is no stay of execution. Once the ballots have been counted the Prime Minister either gets to stay in his house or he’s got to move out. We don’t hang around.

I’m not politically apathetic. I strongly believe that everyone should vote, and that if you don’t you have no right to complain later on. Whilst I will have heated discussions with some of my friends regarding my opinion on topics that people consider political I tend not to get into political discussions. I will argue my side on an issue, but at the end of the day I think that people should make up their own mind. I can only hope that their decision is an informed one. That’s why when election time comes around, I am very remiss to make any kind of political statements.

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Fix You

I have a friend, she calls me a Socialist. When she says it though it comes out like a dirty word. I suppose when I say Capitalist sometimes it comes out sounding like that too. I’m not a fan of labels, but if you have to then yes – I am a Liberal.

I think as an idea, Communism isn’t a bad thing. I don’t think it would work, and I know that when society has tried, it hasn’t. However, I believe that’s more down to human nature than the ideology though. At it’s simplest, a world where people give according to their means and take according to their needs – does it sounds so evil? I don’t think so.

Self-confessed Idealist. I know that there is enough food in the world that no one should writhe with hunger pains. I know that we have made the medical advances that certain diseases like malaria should not kill as many as it does. I know that we have the resources enough to provide a roof so that no one falls asleep on the street. All you need to do is listen to the words of ‘Imagine‘ in order to see what kind of world we could live in.

I know that some may try to tear my argument down with the statement, ‘We don’t live in an ideal world.’ Stick a ‘Why’ at the front of that sentence and a question mark at the end of it and you have my response to that.

You still can!

You still can!

My friend, who thinks I’m a dirty Socialist, and I are currently having a “heated discussion” about US healthcare reform. We’re discussing, not arguing. We have to make the distinction clear, despite the fact that she seems to have gone silent on me. She’s an American, a NYer at that so you know she has an opinion, who doesn’t believe that the health reform the President’s proposing should go through. I’m a Brit who’s never had to worry about the cost of getting fixed. I’ve always found it difficult to understand how healthcare isn’t universal, particularly in a country like the US. I’m sure there are reasons, I’m sure none of them are any good.

The US is not a third world country. It has the resources and the knowledge to provide its people – all of its people, with free healthcare. Yet it doesn’t. I admit that our healthcare system isn’t ideal. We have waiting lists. Some hospitals are better than others, as are some doctors. Sometimes things are missed. I don’t think that would change if we stopped having a national healthcare service. For all its faults, if you are broken – we will fix you. I have yet to hear an argument that convinces me we should do otherwise.

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