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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 April 2005, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
UK voters' panel: Paul Holdsworth

Paul Holdsworth
Name: Paul Holdsworth
Age: 19
Lives: Aberystwyth, Wales
Works: Student
Current voting intention: Undecided
In 10 words or less:
"Politics student with appalling fashion sense"

Sunday was a disappointing day for me.

The three major parties had all pledged to dedicate a whole day of electioneering to the subject of world poverty.

As it turned out, beyond a few short speeches, very few substantive policies emerged.

It left me questioning exactly what had happened to Mr Blair's heartfelt conviction on the subject and none the wiser as to how a Liberal Democrats or (God help us) a Tory government would deal with the massive inequality in the world.

World poverty is one of several issues that seem to have been conveniently left out of the main campaigns in favour of the usual domestic concerns.


It would be interesting to hear the odd mention of how devolution, Europe and student fees fit into the grand plans of whoever forms the next government.

I think that by now none of the parties have really managed to interest a lot of students to the point of actually voting come 5 May.

Personally, unless these other issues are raised before the election, I'll be voting on the basis of which local candidate can best represent my views.

Using that logic, I'll be voting Plaid Cymru.

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