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Mayor of London 2012

Poll: Take part in the PinkNews 2012 UK Political survey

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  1. The poll only allows you to choose one option in the question where it asks who’ll you’ll vote for in the council elections. In Scotland we have STV so can vote for more than one party. I couldn’t answer this question as accurately as I’d have liked.

  2. GingerlyColors 1 May 2012, 6:40am

    The problem with politics in Britain these days is that the differences between the Conservatives, Lib-Dems and Labour have become blurred and there is little to distinguish between them. This together with the amount of corruption and sleeze in politics mean that most people are no longer interested in politics and these days are more likely to vote in a reality TV programme than in an election.

    1. Well given it’s only £500 quid deposit to stand, most folks really have no excuse. It’s not disillusionment, it’s just they aren’t interested. Some people just aren’t. We should encourage them to vote, but blaming it on the big three parties when there’s usually another option (or they can stand themselves) is not a very good excuse not to. I have far more respect for those who just honestly say they don’t care.

      I’m so tired of people expecting someone else to stand up and represent them when they simply have no urge to do anything for themselves.

  3. Well, obviously, it was Lib Dem all the way for me. Second preference in London would’ve been for Greens, although I know that’s a wasted vote. I voted Paddick/Livingstone last time but if I was still in London I’d never be able to vote Livingstone or Johnson after this awful campaign.

  4. In case no-one else has pointed this out, in the intro to this article you say the poll will close at midnight on 2 May. At the end, it says it closes at midnight on 1 May. You might want to correct that? Either way, look forward to the reading the results.

  5. Does the “just marriage” option under the final question mean just marriage for all couples whether same sex or opposite sex?
    I imagine it does but still it’s a bit unclear.

    1. Spanner1960 1 May 2012, 10:32pm

      I’m pretty certain it means just that.
      Marriage for everyone and scrap/upgrade all CP’s.
      The only sensible option in my opinion.

      1. I agree wholeheartedly, Spanner1960. In my opinion, “Civilly partnering my Civil Partner” was not what we (meaning both my husband and I, and the pre-CP greater gay community) had been fighting for for decades. We wanted marriage We didn’t lobby for “As good as” (to placate the religeous right-wing), just marriage in its simple, ordinary, everyday sense.

        And most certainly not for a theocratic onslaught against both the equalising proposals themselves, but also repugnantly personal remarks against us as a monority group. in sexuality-lead hate speech, disguised as moral outrage; oddly left unchallenged in court for libel and/or slander, possible polling fraud, deliberate misrepresentation of facts, false advertising……..

    2. I read as “Just (as in Solely) marriage (No further civil partnerships)”; which would be the only permutation not otherwise covered (I think?!).

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 1 May 2012, 12:21pm

    Lib Dem for me!

  7. The option ‘I do not live in London’ is available for the first question but you have to choose it, not ignore the question as is advised. The option ‘I do not live in London’ is not available for other questions relating to the mayoral election. I suppose we are to ignore those questions but that does leave Ken Livingstone’s name in the box. It looks as if he will gain a significant edge over his rivals in this poll just by non-Londoner’s ignoring the questions about the forthcoming mayoral election. PN, please tell me I’m wrong about this – I WOULD vote for the lovely Brian Paddick given chance!

    1. Thanks for sorting that out!

  8. I was going to take part in the poll, but there was no option for the Respect Party. In which case it didn’t seem worth submitting my personal details. (sorry :-( )

    1. Meaning the general election that is. (I know they’re not running in London)

    2. The Respect Party? The party that flirts with regimes that kills gays (when they’re not killing their own people of course)?

      1. by “own people” I mean everyone else, just to clarify

  9. There’s a glitch. Brian Paddick is not on the list for second preference.

  10. As much as I dislike Johnson, I could never vote for Livingstone. Someone who excuses his hosting of islamists is not a credible candidate, especially from Labour. Plus he’s supported by Galloway which makes me want to throw up things I have never eaten.

  11. Caped crusaider 1 May 2012, 5:51pm

    I hope Brian Paddock & Gay Police are supporting the “seriously distressed Police Panel MemberCrusaid Head of Dept Charity e-mail to HIV Police Panel Member…..
    “pendantic,uncooperative and causing stress hassle and pain to alot of people” …..If Crusaid is so bad get another Job with a better employer”

    Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2004 15:12:56 +0000

    I want to see the two of you in the meeting room tomorrow at 10 am. No excuses. I sincerely hope that this email conversation has not been widely distributed.
    Robin Brady
    Chief Executive

  12. Caped crusaider 1 May 2012, 5:55pm

    Caimpaigning to end the COVER-UPS in London HIV/AIDS Charity Sector would be beneficial……
    London AIDS Charity UKCe-mails Crusaid about Redundant Staff all hushed up
    Bernard Forbes []
    >Sent: Tue 2005/03/29 03:48 PM
    >To: Robin Brady
    >Subject: FW: Further favour>
    >Further to below, I am told a letter regarding Walk for Life was received by
    >xxxxxxxon 23 March.
    >Mailshots to xxxx are a waste of Crusaid’s time and money, all they do is
    >wind him up and he then gets on to me.
    >His walker ID is 19882, if that helps to get him off your lists altogether,
    >while we try to help him get his life back together and move on.

    >Best wishes

    1. Spanner1960 1 May 2012, 10:29pm

      If everyone covered up, there wouldn’t be any HIV?AIDS.

  13. Nick Maxwell 1 May 2012, 6:15pm

    your second choice for mayor does not include brian paddick

  14. second choice does not include Brian Paddick here, so that will skew results

  15. Spanner1960 1 May 2012, 10:27pm

    Well I got out of that Godforsaken sh|thole of a capital last Summer, and as far as I’m concerned the entire edifice can cheerfully slide into the Thames.

    Screaming Lord Sutch, you left us all too soon.

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