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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Wales voters' panel: Ben Hill on week 1

MEET THE PANEL
Ben Hill
Name: Ben Hill
Age: 20
Lives: Cardiff
Works: Business student
Original voting intention: Liberal Democrat
In 10 words or less:
"Caring, passionate, cynical, practical, technophile, witty, resourceful"
There is something to be said about election fever - it makes a lot of people sick.

From Tuesday, I heard groan after groan about having a whole month of electioneering right up there in their faces and having it dominate the news, the papers, the radio and indeed, many other walks of life.

I think that this is an integral problem with such political extravaganzas as these.

Main parties and smaller parties alike all assume that the hard work they are putting into pushing slogans and posters is worth it.

In America, they have passed acts and set up initiatives not to push one political view but to encourage mainly young people or disenchanted voters to vote for their opinions.

BEN'S EARLIER THOUGHTS

In this crucial time in the political cycle, where are our initiatives and our encouragement?

On a more topical note, I outright laughed at the headline on the BBC Wales website.

It went something like: 'On the first day of the election campaign, Welsh parties launch an immediate attack on each other'.

How typical.

The same was true of the main UK parties, with the noted exception of the Lib Dems, who have promised to stay away from negative campaigning.

I can only hope they do, as the mudslinging can only damage them.

Still, in the first week there have been no big issues, possibly because of "the wedding" and "the funeral"; maybe it'll all heat up afterwards.





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