European Parliamentary Election 2014

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European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby René » 22 May 2014, 11:33

The European Parliamentary Election will be held across Europe from 22 to 25 May.

In the UK, polling day is today to coincide with the local elections, with polling stations open from 7am to 10pm.

Who are all you Europeans voting for?

I'm about to go and vote for the Green Party of England and Wales. :keke:

To get an idea of which party you're closest to ideologically, check out VoteMatch for your country at: http://www.votematch.eu/

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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Marmaduke » 22 May 2014, 11:49

After giving consideration to the Lib Dems, and that website telling me I should actually be in the red tie camp, I have decided to vote Tory.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby René » 22 May 2014, 11:51

I love the British National Party's "explanations" for their opinions on some of the questions.

Statement: The European Parliament should be able to sack individual commissioners.
BNP: "Agree. That would emplode the whole EU project"

Statement: There should be less financial assistance to poorer regions within the EU.
BNP: "Agree. When does the UK ever get any development aid?"

I got a flyer in the mail from the UK Independence Party about how they were going to increase "freedom" by making it illegal for Europeans like me to live in the UK and illegal for Muslims to wear some of their traditional garb in public. :crazy:
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Brenden » 22 May 2014, 11:58

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Are people really this stupid?

Reduce carbon emissions! Unless it has any negative effect for the economy whatsoever, in which case fuck it.

:facepalm2:
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Eirik » 22 May 2014, 12:00

René wrote:I got a flyer in the mail from the UK Independence Party about how they were going to increase "freedom" by making it illegal for Europeans like me to live in the UK and illegal for Muslims to wear some of their traditional garb in public. :crazy:


Same here- I had a flyer through the letterbox from some nationalist party which was going for the ethnic English "NOT British, NOT European- ENGLISH!" vote.

On a side note- the Greens shall inherit the earth! :awesome:
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Brenden » 22 May 2014, 12:02

René wrote:Statement: There should be less financial assistance to poorer regions within the EU.
BNP: "Agree. When does the UK ever get any development aid?"

Haha, I just last night read in my module about how Cornwall was basically wired up for broadband by EU developmental aid.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Brenden » 22 May 2014, 12:10

Eirik wrote:On a side note- the Greens shall inherit the earth! :awesome:

Well, they're a bit silly. I can't tell if they care more about social justice or the environment. For instance, they apparently wish for agricultural import taxes to be lowered or gotten rid of because it will help farmers in developing countries. They fail to see that the valuable agricultural products being shipped to us from developing countries are the ones which do the greatest harm to the environment of those countries — palm oil destroying the rainforest, sugar cane sapping nutrients from the soil, etc. — and any shipping of agricultural products essentially amounts to shipping of clean fresh water (locked up in the fruits and vegetables and cut flowers) out of countries that are potentially very at risk of drought and famine (like parts of Africa in which a large portion of roses sold in Europe are grown).
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby René » 22 May 2014, 12:12

Brenden wrote:
René wrote:Statement: There should be less financial assistance to poorer regions within the EU.
BNP: "Agree. When does the UK ever get any development aid?"

Haha, I just last night read in my module about how Cornwall was basically wired up for broadband by EU developmental aid.

And right now the EU is funding fibre-optic Internet connections in West Yorkshire.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby xyz72 » 22 May 2014, 12:30

I score between 58% and 66% with all the five major parties except for the Socialist Party, I really do not know who to vote for - nobody seems to really my views. There's nobody I could comfortably place a vote for, the parties that I agree with on economical issues I absolutely can't support for their social views(limiting immigration etc.) and the parties whose social goals I agree with I find to have very unfair, socialist-leaning economical views that I could never support.
I voted in the German election last year, but honestly, I'll probably not cast a vote on the EU one - there's not even a "lesser evil" to pick - there's just no representation even remotely close to my views around. I couldn't care less which of the major German parties receives how many votes because they're all the same to me.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Brenden » 22 May 2014, 12:43

Most economic policy is set at the national government level, though, not at the European level, so you could vote for a party that shares your social views but doesn't share your economic views.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby xyz72 » 22 May 2014, 13:31

Brenden wrote:Most economic policy is set at the national government level, though, not at the European level, so you could vote for a party that shares your social views but doesn't share your economic views.

The thing is, those parties support more EU control over economic policy. :lol:
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Brenden » 22 May 2014, 13:37

xyz72 wrote:
Brenden wrote:Most economic policy is set at the national government level, though, not at the European level, so you could vote for a party that shares your social views but doesn't share your economic views.

The thing is, those parties support more EU control over economic policy. :lol:

What I'm saying is that even if they support that, they're going to be unable to do that with how the EU is structured. :P

But could you give an example of what they want?
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby c1ask0 » 22 May 2014, 21:17

I voted Green in the European election and Labour in the local. Annoyingly there were only three choices for the local: Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem. I was a tad disappointed with that.

Anyway, my results thing for the quiz was as follows:
1. Lib Dem, 2. Green, 3. Labour, 4. Conservatives, 5. UKIP, 6. BNP
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby René » 22 May 2014, 21:36

c1ask0 wrote:I voted Green in the European election and Labour in the local. Annoyingly there were only three choices for the local: Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem. I was a tad disappointed with that.

I was very pleased to find that we have a veritable socialist option to vote for here in Barnsley Central: the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

I have no idea if they'll be able to get anything done with the way the political system works, but at least their people seem far more genuine than the ones from the other parties. I got a flyer in the mail from each of them, and theirs was the only one that seemed completely sincere to me.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Bourdain » 22 May 2014, 22:00

I'm terrible when it comes to politics, but from what I've been told the UKIP isn't a very good party to go up into power. So I'm kinda glad they're not, I would like to get involved into politics but I'm afraid I'd get bored to death, and it always seem like such a taboo topic between people that I'm almost afraid to touch it. It's like other people's passions take me away from it, if it makes any sense.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Severelius » 22 May 2014, 22:07

I was going to vote just to pathetically spite all my neighbours with their big "vote UKIP" signs in their front gardens. Then I decided I can't be bothered and will instead wait to hear the results and if UKIP wins I will look into how one goes about moving to a different country on the off-change that UKIP's momentum as a "I'm voting them to stick it to the other 3" party actually carries through to the General Election and they somehow end up winning.

Because if UKIP gets control of the government, I am not going to be sticking around if I can avoid it. I'm getting the hell out of this place and leaving it's people to the fate of being ruled by one-issue idiots.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Salomé » 22 May 2014, 22:10

Scottish Greens.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby Josiemonster » 23 May 2014, 16:21

I decided once again, not to vote at all. I think it'd be irresponsible of me to stick my oar into something I have no knowledge about.

Having said that, the votematch site is a good one. According to that, I should have gone Labour.
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Re: European Parliamentary Election 2014

Unread postby yagyug » 23 May 2014, 16:42

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Looks like I'm voting Green! :awesome:


Which is weird cause I don't even live in the EU.
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