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And then I wrote my thesis on Plaid Cymru. What the hell was I thinking?!?!??!
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Having given my rant on politics, it was the one thing I steered clear of in my degree - much more interested in economic, religious, cultural and social history...

I was interested in economics, too. That's another subject I did well in, even though I expected to hate it. I absolutely hated history, though, and ended up with 35% in first year. It was all demographics and things like that. There was no passion.

Sociology and psychology are my subjects. I can get my teeth into those.
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And then I wrote my thesis on Plaid Cymru. What the hell was I thinking?!?!??!

What did you end up with? 2:1?
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That's another subject I did well in, even though I expected to hate it. I absolutely hated history, though, and ended up with 35% in first year. It was all demographics and things like that. There was no passion.


Demographics is not history!!!!

And yes, 2.1. Smile Probably would have got a 2.1 whatever I did, but I wish I'd done my thesis on something I was good at.
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Demographics is not history!!!!

And yes, 2.1. Smile Probably would have got a 2.1 whatever I did, but I wish I'd done my thesis on something I was good at.

Pretty tough to get a first. Wish I'd been able to go to a better uni. Ours is, to be frank, utter ****. So disorganised. It's February and we still don't know what they expect of us for our dissertations. We've had one lecturer chewed out because she wasn't teaching us properly and we had dissertation tutorials organised at the last minute after students complained. I'm fuming just writing about it. Didn't even give us a fighting chance.
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Why didn't you go somewhere else?
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Why didn't you go somewhere else?

Convenience, really. Also, when I started my academic "career", I had just been diagnosed with arthritis. I wasn't in a position to go anywhere that wouldn't allow for me to go home at the end of the day.
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Fair enough Smile
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I went to one of the worst universities but for the same reason, convenience.
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I'm not saying that you voting or not voting will influence other people. But it will influence the result - one extra vote either way. It might make a difference, it might not, but it definitely won't make a difference if you sit at home doing bugger all.

I'm just doing this one post on this, because I know other people don't agree, and you're right, we've been here before and I don't want to fight about it. BUT I hate hate hate people who sit at home moaning about the state of politics and how craply the country is run and oh woe is them life is so unfair and then you ask them how they voted - how they exercised their one major and irrevocable right to have a say in the government of the country - and they say 'oh I couldn't be bothered'. UGH.

My flatmate was telling me about one radio phone in show about Julie Kirkbride and the expenses scandal where one woman phoned in and was ranting and raving about how disgusting it was that we'd voted these people in and they were exploiting public money. The interviewer then asked her how she'd voted at the last election. Lo and behold, she hadn't bothered. At which point the interviewer and other guests shot her to pieces. 

I don't care if you research all the options and truly feel that not one of the parties represent a single view that you hold, or if you go in and spoil your ballor paper, but if you just can't be bothered then don't bloody moan about how crap such and such a policy is and how such and such shouldn't be in power. If you don't vote and the people you want to get in don't get in, you should bear in mind that it was within your power to get off your arse and register your vote. 30 minutes out of your day once every 4 years is hardly a hardship.

I hear what you're saying but what if you vote and the party you want still doesn't get in?  Doncaster has always been safe Labour seat for as long as I can remember and it's people seem to be of the mindset that 'working class folk' vote for Labour, and it doesn't matter that the Labour government have sh*t on them for the last however many years.

Immigration is a sticking point for a lot of people but which party has got the balls to say enough is enough and the country is full?
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^ I'm a bit like James.  Politics bore me to death.  All I can glean from what I've watched and heard is people loving the sound of their own voice.  Just actually like children in a playground - point scoring.  It really disgusts me.  I doubt there are many altruistic Politicians out there.  Too busy fiddling their expenses.  All of this does not move me to vote for any of them......   Frown
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Politics bore me too but we have to try and effect change.  As for the expenses fiasco - words fail me!  Then I also read today about how much money has been wasted on the swine flu vaccines Rolling Eyes 

They have General Elections here every 3 years - I think Oz is the same - perhaps that's something they should do in the UK.
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Politics bore me too but we have to try and effect change.  As for the expenses fiasco - words fail me!  Then I also read today about how much money has been wasted on the swine flu vaccines Rolling Eyes 


Wasted in what sense?
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Politics bore me too but we have to try and effect change.  As for the expenses fiasco - words fail me!  Then I also read today about how much money has been wasted on the swine flu vaccines Rolling Eyes  

They have General Elections here every 3 years - I think Oz is the same - perhaps that's something they should do in the UK.
I dunno..... truly, I don't.  But here in the UK we go from one extreme to another - Tories -v- Labour.  That is it.... done deal.  One is as bad as the other.... in different ways.   Shrug  I'd just like, for once, to listen to a person in Politics who I felt was genuinely taking stuff on board, and not just talking a good game and, more importantly, not trying to score points off the opposition.  Why not work together for the greater good?  
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Wasted in what sense?

132 million doses of the vaccine were ordered, thinking that every person would need 2 doses, when only 1 was sufficient.  Only 4.25 million people vaccinated out of 17 million offered the vaccine.  Only 13 million doses delivered to the NHS, whilst the other 119 million remain in warehouses or have not been manufactured yet.  It has been estimated that each vaccine could cost 9 pounds.

Then there's all the false warnings Rolling Eyes
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