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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 May 2005, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
UK voters' panel: Gerry Harris

MEET THE PANEL
Gerry Harris
Name: Gerry Harris
Age: 52
Lives: Glasgow
Works: Promotions
Original voting intention: Undecided
Voted: Liberal Democrats
In 10 words or less:
"Family man, business man, independent individual expecting beneficial political intervention"

After the last four weeks of a very boring campaign I am now glad about only one thing - that we won't see any more politicians in hospitals, schools, surgeries or helicopters for the foreseeable future.

As for the result, I was disappointed that the Labour Party won yet again.

I am personally disappointed that we will have to endure the next four to five years of another conceited, smug and condescending Labour government.

The last eight have meant 60-plus tax rises for what ministers call investment, which translates as waste.

We have seen unfair taxation on pensions, the waste of billions of pounds on an NHS which has not been restructured and billions poured into education to no avail. I dread to think what the next term will bring.

I was glad that significant gains were made by the other major parties and only hope that they use their increased representation to greater effect.

I personally decided to vote strategically for the Liberal Democrats in this election as I believed they offered the best possibility to unseat the sitting Labour MP. I was glad that I did and obtained the outcome I desired locally.

VOTERS' PANEL: FINAL REACTION
All politicians, especially those in opposition, must learn the democratic reality of politics and clarify the unrepresentative nature of parliament and the need for its reform.

If ever a case could justify proportional representation, Thursday's results provided it.

Finally, a considerable amount of coverage was devoted to when Blair will step down.

I can confidently predict that he will step down shortly after breaking Margaret Thatcher's record and when he is certain that his reputation is no longer tarnished by Iraq.

Or, in other words, when some other major diversion has occupied the public's imagination long enough for him to utter the words "I'm standing down" without the immediate response being "it was Iraq wot done him!"


Your comments:

Gerry should realise that if he wants to get rid of Labour, then there is no point in voting Lib Dem. As has been clearly shown in this election, under the first past the post electoral system, an increased vote for a third party, simply splits the anti-Labour vote and if maintained will ensure Labour keeps in office indefinitely. The system is designed for two parties and only by voting Tory will he help to kick Labour out.
Chris, Brazil

This guy seems to have a blind-spot as to how government works. The government has no money so gets the money it uses for public services from all of us. Surely no one minds paying tax so that the money can be used for the common good. Waste is mentioned - do you expect the government to stand in the corner dealing out 5 notes as required? No, they allocate the money and the organisations that receive the money then use it. The tone of the comments suggests that the organisations waste the money or worse misuse it.
John, Wales





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