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Government says people will just have to provide their NI number and date of birth to register to vote in three minutes
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If the US has to raise its debt ceiling that means it can't balance the books, is broke, has failed to cut back on its spending. Surely then the debt ceiling should not be raised and the US forced to live within its means.
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Is this the sort of Scotland people want? Voting for independence will lead to more of the same.
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I'm surprised at the results, give it a go.
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Union Levy
Why all the fuss?

When I was in paid employment I did become a member of the Unison union. I had the option not to pay into the "political levy" that was actually aimed at funding the Labour Party among other things.

That's why I don't undertand all the fuss at the moment with Miliband and the unions. If one union could offer members the chance to "opt out" of political affiliation why haven't all the rest done so. To say that by joining a union you automatically support the Labour Party is wrong these days.

People join a union these days to help protect them in the workplace. It's silly and presumptious to deduce a person's voting intentions by membership of this type of organisation.

My main beef with Unison was that despite the opt out they couldn't "flick a switch" in their database to ensure I didn't get Labour Party leaflets with their normal members magazines.
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I live in North Berwick, East Lothian overlooking Milsey Bay, the Bass Rock and Isle of May. I support FairTrade and fairer trade. I'd like an economy based on sustainability not economic growth as measured by GDP. I want all elections at any level to be conducted fairly, with voter choice not political party and prefer the STV PR system. I no longer work as was made redundant by Centrica plc and offered the company pension which I took. I'm involved in number of local organisations including North Berwick Highland Games and East Lothian Health Network. I am a Democrat.
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