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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Wales voters' panel: David Gayle on week 1

MEET THE PANEL
David Gayle
Name: David Gayle
Age: 47
Lives: Swansea
Works: Communities worker
Original voting intention: Undecided

Only a week since the election date was announced and my eyes are starting to glaze over already.

All the campaigns have got off to an unimpressive start.

I voted Labour in 1997 and didn't vote last time round.

I'm determined to vote for someone other than Labour this time: I'm still angry with Blair over Iraq, and I am getting increasingly worried about this country's creeping rise of the police state under the smokescreen of "the fight against terrorism".

We have the prospect of compulsory ID cards around the corner, and the relentless increase in the number of speed cameras, with the police given ever-increasing powers to find and fine motorists: do you know they now check the databases of all insurance companies?

It will be interesting to see what increase this has caused in the numbers of cars driving without insurance.

The problem is I have not been convinced by any of the other parties yet.

The Conservatives have been a disaster in opposition and look far from ready to govern.

The Lib Dems still seem too lightweight and I still don't know enough about Plaid Cymru yet, and only having moved to Wales from London 18 months ago, I don't yet feel I have the right to vote for them.

Still early days yet, four weeks to go... groan!





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