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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, 10:47 GMT 11:47 UK
Wales voters' panel: John Turner on week 1

MEET THE PANEL
John Turner
Name: John Turner
Age: 52
Lives: Barry
Works: Self-employed
Original voting intention: Labour
In 10 words or less:
"Open minded and enthusiastic. Good at seeing the big picture."
The major politicians complain of voter apathy, but is it any wonder?

If you watched prime minister's question time on Wednesday you would have seen Michael Howard and his party (no pun intended) acting like children in a playground.

It was like a pantomime and yet we are asked to take the Tories seriously!

A plea to politicians of all parties - please treat the electorate as intelligent adults. If you don't I for one might be looking for a last-minute holiday bargain.

On Wednesday Tony Blair and Gordon Brown showed the unity of thought and policies which has delivered economic stability for the UK over the last eight years.

JOHN'S PREVIOUS THOUGHTS
There is no doubt that the Lib Dems and the Tories will avoid the economic debate for as long as they can. Everyone over 30 must remember the economic misery caused by the last Conservative government.

On the Welsh front the Labour Party has avoided what could have been a difficult time over women-only shortlists. I am sure that if Peter Law had not suffered a serious health problem we could have seen some political fireworks.

I am sure that everyone wishes him a speedy recovery.

I have been approached by two party workers both representing / supporting single issues.

For heaven's sake, general elections are about what happens over a wide range of issues that affect us and future generations.

Single-issue parties - grow up.





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