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Is anyone being Poltically Active for this election?

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Tinker Tue 26-Apr-05 11:54:13

Have just emailed Lib Dem MP of neighbouring constituency re delivering leaflets. This is the most marginal seat in the UK so...every little helps. Not sure if that's the right procedure but am showing willing.

ks Tue 26-Apr-05 12:06:30

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Gobbledigook Tue 26-Apr-05 12:10:21

I've got 2 votes! One at my old address where house is vacant and one at my new one.

Again through complete incompetence as it's the same council/borough and the same form that says we've moved from x address to y address - I HATE INCOMPETENCE - grrr!

JoolsToo Tue 26-Apr-05 12:16:43

use them wisely

triceratops Tue 26-Apr-05 12:30:28

I am a member of the lib dems. I send them money by direct debit. I have done leaflets but I am supposed to be having bedrest as recommended by the doctor for the next 10 days so it rules me out.

I go to the garden party every year and would be more involved if our local group wasn't dominated by OAPs.

JoolsToo Tue 26-Apr-05 12:34:30

I've given up egg throwing

Tinker Tue 26-Apr-05 12:36:55

Ooo, they've emailed me back already

fastasleep Tue 26-Apr-05 12:37:48

I'm voting...I count that as being politically active! I was watching the election unspun thingy the other night...completely agree that there's barely any difference between the parties proposals - any differences there are are things that aren't feasible and won't actually ever happen... don't know why I'm bothering to vote at all to be honest, I'm not in a marginal constituency lol

ks Tue 26-Apr-05 12:53:35

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NotTellingYet Tue 26-Apr-05 13:08:56

50% (which is 50% including the local income tax instead of council tax) isn't really that much when you consider that a lot of people who are an awful lot less well off than that have an effective 70% income tax rate.

For anyone with an income in the band which gets you the childcare element of child tax credit, then for every extra £1 you earn you'll be paying 22% tax, 11% NI and losing 37% (37p in the pound) from child tax credit. But of course because that's a sum of three different components it's nowhere near as headline grabbing as saying "50%".

Cam Tue 26-Apr-05 13:26:45

Thanks for clearing that up Mr Kennedy

ks Tue 26-Apr-05 13:35:06

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Fio2 Tue 26-Apr-05 13:36:14

I used to work for the Labour Party


ks Tue 26-Apr-05 13:39:57

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Fio2 Tue 26-Apr-05 13:44:42

my Mum was a raving solialist, her and her mate, was just an excuse to get pissed i think. She came home one night and said she had met the lovely "Tony Blair" at a party. "oooo he has lovely skin" she kept saying and we didnt have a clue who she was on about

Fio2 Tue 26-Apr-05 13:45:15


NotTellingYet Tue 26-Apr-05 14:11:06

ks - it's the case for anyone who gets the childcare element of CTC (depending upon your childcare costs that could be 2 earner families with an income of up to £50k plus!).

Take a family with 2 children (preschool but over 1), and paying out £280 a week for childcare.

If the incomes of the parents were £25k and £20k respectively they would receive CTC of £3273.45

BUT... If the incomes of the parents were £30k and £20k respectively they would only receive CTC of £1423.45 (i.e. £1850 less)

Add to that extra income tax of £1100 and extra National Insurance of £550 and you're only left with a grand total of £1500 of your £5000 extra income in your pocket.

Now THAT is a high effective marginal rate of tax. Just bugs me to see people saying that they'd stop working to limit their income to under £100k, when plenty of us (probably the majority of mumsnet for a start) are paying a far higher rate of tax than that without anyone seeming to notice.

ks Tue 26-Apr-05 14:30:29

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TwinSetAndPearls Tue 26-Apr-05 22:02:19

I have offered my sevices to the local labour party for leaflet delivering, phone answering etc and donated some money to make up for the fact that we aren't registered to vote as we have recently moved.

motherinferior Tue 26-Apr-05 22:15:30

I was actively nice to the Libdem PPC when he came round with a poster for DP (who joined a while back in outrage over torture).

For me, that is a huge political concession.

Nice bloke, I admit, a huge improvement on our oleaginously creepy Labour incumbent.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking ?

Gobbledigook Tue 26-Apr-05 22:17:17

Oh God, does anyone here put those boards up on the trees outside their house or in the windows? Yuk, yuk, yuk - couldn't do that!

Though all our side of the road has blue boards while opposite always has red - quite amusing to see! (borough border goes down the centre of the road!).

bettythebuilder Tue 26-Apr-05 22:25:00

can anyone explain why people put posters up? Is it to make others change their minds and vote the same way, or just to tell people who they are voting for?

elastamum Tue 26-Apr-05 22:26:02

Conservatives have put so many boards up in the lanes round our way that I cant get my baby horse out of the yard in any direction as she is scared of them, they are everywhere. So much for supporting the countryside, I nearly ended up in the ditch! (before you ask i am not one of the hunting mob.. just horsey)

Gobbledigook Tue 26-Apr-05 22:29:50

betty - dunno, dont' see the purpose, that's why I don't have them!

Davros Tue 26-Apr-05 23:39:03

Hey Fio, my parents met because they were both in the Communist Party!! And my mum has been a Laaaabbboouuur supporter for ever since then. As a result I can't bear policital activity (if that's the right term???). Makes me cringe. I know what I WON'T be voting but haven't decided what I will vote so I've decided that I will go along and will decide there and then or may choose not to vote but turning up is better than not.....

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