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I tend not to talk about who I plan to vote for, or have voted for, even though most of my friends have a pretty good idea. I view politics as rather like sexual tastes: a private and personal matter, not to be enquired about too closely for fear of getting squicked out and losing some degree of respect and fondness for my friends and colleagues.

Generally, though, at some point someone will say something to rile me enough that I lay my cards on the table.

Last night it was Sensei, who at the end of karate announced that if anyone was voting for ______'s bunch he was keeping us all in until the polling stations closed.

"Too late! Already done it!" I burst out.

(My current constituency is Lewisham West & Penge, which has been a safe seat for Labour since forever - this year Jim Dowd was ahead by more votes than the Conservative runner-up got - but I turned out because I always do, and to help keep the joke party, Liberty GB out. They got 44 votes.)

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Last night it was Sensei, who at the end of karate announced that if anyone was voting for ______'s bunch he was keeping us all in until the polling stations closed.

"Too late! Already done it!" I burst out.


Unless he was talking about UKIP or the BNP, I don't think anyone will hold your choices against you.
Someone there claimed he was off to vote UKIP, but he may have been winding the rest of us up.
Far as I can figure out, UKIP seem to have gathered far fewer of their votes from folk who voted C last time, and far more from folk who voted L* (both flavours) last time than I'd have expected. Makes no sense...

Edited at 2015-05-08 02:56 pm (UTC)
A friend mentioned earlier that the bitterest ash in the mouths of the Lib Dem true believers will be the realisation that a lot of their vote last time was just protest, not the new age of national consciousness or whatever. This year, the protest vote is UKIP.
I suspect the situation's actually a lot more complicated than that, but it'll take a rather better presentation of the results than I've seen so far to stand a chance of figuring it out. Labour should have picked up most of the Lib Dem backlash vote, and they ought to have been forming a government today, but they blew it, badly...
Regardless of who you intend to vote for, I am fairly sure that your sensei could have landed himself in hot water, had he actually carried out that threat.
I reckon the six of us could have overpowered him.
Only if you said: "That's democracy in action!" afterwards.
:D
I've never been one for staying up late to watch election results - I'd almost rather stay up watching Eurovision, and that's saying a lot :)