Posts Tagged ‘voting’

Round One

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

At 8 o’clock yesterday evening, the results of the first round of the Presidential election were announced. They had already been announced in every other country in the world, just not France. They like a surprise. Tom and I set up our computer-based television in the common room on the first floor and were joined by our friends Becky and Vivien to eat curry and watch the announcement. My curry was delicious. The election results were less great.

The results weren’t surprising – Sarkozy and Holland, the two strongest candidates were the leaders, with the difference in votes being a very small 1.4 per cent. This isn’t the end of the world, although Sarkozy and I have a mutual dislike for one another seeing as he’d prefer I wasn’t living in his country (damn foreigners).

Sarkozy

Creepy man.

The scary part was the fact that the third highest scoring candidate was Marine Le Pen, daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen (notice their evilly similar names?), and pusher of extreme-right political views.

Marine Le Pen

It scares me that I have the same hair as her. Photo from abc.net.au

She wants to keep France for the French, kick all foreigners out and minimise trades between France and other countries. Her extremely racist views are quite horrifying – I would have hoped humans had learnt from their previous mistakes and could see the benefits in cohabitation by now.

It was disappointing to see Mélenchon miss out on a decent percentage of votes as he seemed to be one of the more level minded candidates in race. Plus he has such a happy smile. Who wouldn’t want that in a President?

Mélenchon

See? So friendly!

So now we must wait another two weeks and watch more debates between Sarkozy and Holland. There’ll be more posters scattered throughout Paris that will soon have new moustaches and deformities. Then on the 6 May, France will vote again. And there’ll be another election party at the Récollets!

Exciting Times

Friday, August 20th, 2010

A busy weekend awaits full of exciting times, important tasks and potentially dramatic moments. Oh, and good food. The election has finally arrived and we will soon stop having to watch stupid Labor V Liberal ads and news about politicians kissing babies. I can’t wait. Having previously worked for the electoral commission teaching school kids how to vote, I am very passionate about elections being important/people having the right to vote etc. I do enjoy informing people how the preferential voting system works and why numbering all of the boxes is important. And remember, kids! Donkey votes (numbering the boxes in the order they appear on the ballot paper) DO count! Not only will you be wasting your vote, you’ll be voting for someone you don’t even like! Ok, rant over.

While I’m all for voting, I don’t have many positive things to say about the political parties and I think it’s about time Australia considered becoming a dictatorship or just dissolving all forms of government and making it a free for all. Not really, but I don’t feel a strong connection to either party and really don’t think there’s much difference between them. But I shall cast my vote when I take my grandma down to the polling booth. I do secretly enjoy the count and I’ll be interested to see if we genuinely elect a female Prime Minister. That will be something to celebrate.

Paris Hilton

Thank you, Ms Hilton.

In other weekend news, it is my boyfriend’s birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!) and I’m taking him out for a slap-up meal which I can’t talk about yet because it’s a BIG SURPRISE. I will give you a review next week, hopefully with pictures if I remember to take some. Then begins the count down to the most important day of the year – my birthday! Only 12 days to go! Exciting times and lots of food ahead.