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9:21am on Thursday, 6th May, 2010:
It's the General Election today, and I've just got back from casting my vote as to who will represent me in the Harwich and North East Essex constituency.
Here's the run-down of my choices:
United Kingdom Independence Party: Simon Anselmi. Nice independent UK name you have there, Simon.
Labour: Darren Barrenger. Make your mind up: either you want your first name to rhyme with your surname or you don't. Which is it to be?
Independent: Peter Thompson Bates. More letters in his name than he'll get votes.
Conservatives: Bernard Jenkin. Sorry to keep harping on about names, but his middle one is Christison.
Greens: Chris Fox. Single-syllable names for single-issue politics. Right on!
Liberal Democrats: James Raven. Chris Fox is a Reader in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Essex University. James Raven is a Professor in Modern History at Essex University. He therefore outranks Chris, but in a subject that's an oxymoron.
British National Party: Steve Robey. All the other candidates gave their full address. This one gave his as "in the Harwich and North East Essex constituency". I wonder if he sells beermats?
In the end, I went with Obama.
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