Vote '05 - Pre-Election

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Post by Harry Hayfield » Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:20 am

Sky News has just launched it's Vote 05 coverage with a rotating colour box on the side of the screen with the latest polls in a small box below it and to the left of the ticker. The only problem for me is that that box gets chopped off by the bottom of my television (but overall very impressive so far)

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:41 am

This is the offical Pre-Election 2005 thread. This thread will be closed on the 4th May 2005 and a Election 2005 thread will be opened in its place. Other General Election threads will be deleted.

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 1:03 pm

Emma Hurd is in London, She is following the Tory party.



Greg Milam is following the Lib-Dem.



Adam Boulton is in downing ST and Geoff meade is outside Buckingham Palace.

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:14 pm

100% confirmed, The General Election to be held on May 5th.

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Post by gillw » Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:24 pm

Are we likely to see a complete new graphics package after the weekend or just minor tweaks to the current and the addition of the animated slug bottom left?

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Post by gillw » Tue Apr 05, 2005 2:59 pm

Press release covering Sky News Election Coverage

http://www.skypressoffice.co.uk/SkyNews ... sp?id=1760>

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:05 pm

Dominic Waghorn is back in the UK (Birmingham).

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Post by sammy » Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:58 pm

wishing michael the best of luck ...... and i am unanimous in that ! lol B)

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Post by kev667 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 4:46 pm

Don't miss 'The Boulton Factor' tonight at 11pm.



Other things to look forward to;



Sky News 'Worm Polls' on key speeches.

Sky News 'Reality Check'

'Sky Across Britain' Flying to key seats.

'If I were PM' with top public figures - from Monday.



YouGov are conducting a poll as we speak for release tomorrow, for Sky News - the first after the election was called.



Great to hear the brilliant Julie Etch is anchoring the May05 evening's coverage. and the equally good Andrew Wilson is in the UK. Good to see Emma back here & I much prefer Greg's reporting in the field to his presenting. He may smile outside .



Andrew Wilson and Michelle Clifford will be with Tony Blair; Emma Hurd and Dominic Waghorn will report on Michael Howard?s campaign and Greg Milam and Lisa Holland will travel with Charles Kennedy.




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Post by kev667 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:08 pm

Breaking News: All three leaders are to debate on Question Time on 28 April.



Unconfirmed as yet.







BBC scoops party leaders for live TV first



Dominic Timms

Tuesday April 5, 2005



Tony Blair, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy have agreed to appear on live television for the first time in the same programme.



The leaders of the three major political parties will each be grilled in a special edition of Question Time on April 28.



The BBC said today it had tried to persuade them to do an American-style head-to-head debate but Labour refused.



However, the corporation is still heralding this as a major scoop - such was the party leaders' nervousness about taking part in live debates during the last election that the BBC was forced to broadcast three separate Question Time specials





http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/s ... 38,00.html>

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Post by TV Newsroom » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:34 pm

I'm looking forward to 'Sky Across Britain'.



Sky News have launched their Vote 05 website - http://www.sky.com/skynews/vote05http:/ ... ews/vote05>

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Post by Harry Hayfield » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:38 pm

I must say, this looks extremely interesting. As I mentioned some time ago this will be my first multi channel election and at the moment I am certainly thinking of recording Sky News' coverage of election night.

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Post by Skybaby » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:39 pm

Yay, election time! Pity that we don't get catchy new music as we did in 2001 though. Hands up everyone who misses that tune.



I love Adam Boulton at times like this - he seems to be about the only person in the country who really looks as if they are enjoying themselves right up until the day of the election, whereas everyone else by then is fed up and wishing that the damn thing was over and done with. ^_^



I too like the sound of much of what is on offer, but I doubt I'll see much. Perhaps that is a good thing in the long term actually - I won't suffer political overload.

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Post by hamishnewhouse » Tue Apr 05, 2005 5:56 pm

Hey come on why not vote?

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Post by Hello » Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:09 pm

Is Michael Howard going to be the Prime Minister on May 6th? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Post by hamishnewhouse » Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:41 pm

well...um.....in my ideal world yes......but in reality, um no!

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Post by dazzy34 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:16 pm

howard has more chance of becoming the next pope as he does becoming the next prime minister!!

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Post by kev667 » Tue Apr 05, 2005 8:17 pm

Maybe we'll get a new catchy tune with The Boulton Factor tonight..?



If it's anything like the Krypton Factor, this is going to be TV Gold. .... hehe.

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Post by Hello » Wed Apr 06, 2005 7:01 am

Do you think Michael Howard will keep the minimum wage at ?4.85 an hour if he wins the election? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Post by Martyn » Wed Apr 06, 2005 8:03 am

Skybaby+Apr 5 2005, 09:08 PM(Skybaby @ Apr 5 2005, 09:08 PM)

- he seems to be about the only person in the country who really looks as if they are enjoying themselves right up until the day of the election, whereas everyone else by then is fed up and wishing that the damn thing was over and done with.





The campaign is only 12 hours old and I'm already fed up with it.

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Post by Harry Hayfield » Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:21 pm

As are the UK as a whole. The Interest Index is at -32

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Post by kev667 » Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:03 pm

Do we need the Deputy Prime Minister to punch a voter in the face again to liven it up?



Any predictions for a 'defining moment' in this campaign? Kinnock falling over, 'The Sun Wot Won It', 'Save The Pound', Prezza's Punch.



I have a hunch that security will become a big issue - I think Mr Blair may well need to protect himself from real people.. The more we see people berating him in the street, the worse things will get for Labour. It's the same for Howard I would think, but it's Blair that's been in power & 'responsible' for everyone's delayed bunion operations and piles cream prescription prices...



....we await some real news! ..Maybe that's coming 'From Monday, live on Sky' too..?!

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Post by Harry Hayfield » Thu Apr 07, 2005 11:50 pm

What's happpened to the poll ticker?

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Post by MelbourneTV » Fri Apr 08, 2005 5:25 pm

Voting is not compulsory in the UK is it???



(Personally I prefer compulsory voting)



WHat role does the Chancellor perform? We dont have Chancellor's in Australia...(well we probably do, its just called something else)



The House of Lords is still not elected right?

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Post by kev667 » Sat Apr 09, 2005 1:31 pm



The Labour Party's return to power in 1997 under Tony Blair finally heralded the reform of the House of Lords. The Blair Government introduced legislation to remove all hereditary peers from the Upper House as the first step in Lords reform. As a part of a compromise, however, it agreed to permit ninety-two hereditary peers to remain until the reforms are complete. The hereditary peers were removed under the House of Lords Act 1999 (see below for its provisions).



Since then however, reform has stalled. The Wakeham Commission proposed introducing a 20% elected element to the Lords, but this plan was widely criticised. A Joint Committee was established in 2001 to resolve the issue, but it reached no conclusion and instead gave Parliament seven options to choose from (fully appointed, twenty per cent elected, forty per cent elected, fifty per cent elected, sixty per cent elected, eighty per cent elected, and fully elected). In a confusing series of votes in February 2003 all of these options were defeated although the eighty per cent elected option fell by just three votes. MPs favouring outright abolition voted against all the options. New peers, therefore, are only created by appointment to the house.



The Labour Party now intends to introduce reform early in the next Parliament, although they are yet to state exactly what system they will be proposing. It is understood they may be inclined to support Billy Bragg's Secondary Mandate system. The Conservative Party favour an eighty per cent elected Second Chamber, while the Liberal Democrats are calling for a fully elected Senate. Elect the Lords is a new cross-party campaign initiative that has been set up to make the case for a predominantly elected Second Chamber in the run up to the general election.

So - the Lords are selected by the current government, apart from a few who are hereditary.



Voting isn't compulsory - It has been talked about briefly, the last time I think after the Euro2004 elections. I'm not sure if any party has said they will do this. I have no problem with it at all.. My guess at turnout this time round is 53%. If it drops below half, there will be an almighty fuss & someone will call for compulsory.



The Chancellor, Gordon Brown is the UK's Finance Minister. He has almost all the same responsibilities as your Nick Minchin. Unusally, this Chancellor has a lot more say over social policy than any other in recent memory - it's part of his alleged deal with Tony over the leadership of the Labour party. He has no specific role in the election - ahh, well - he did run the Labour party's last two General Election campaigns but that's to do with his party rather than his office of Chancellor. He does have a majority of opinion that says he is doing a good job - no economic shocks in 8 years - so he'll be playing up the economic record of his Chancellorship. ..they can't really play up Tony being an international statesman as that reminds everyone of Iraq.



If you mean the Lord Chancellor?





Unlike the House of Commons, the House of Lords does not elect its own Speaker; rather, the ex officio presiding officer is the Lord Chancellor (as of 2005, The Rt Hon. The Lord Falconer of Thoroton). The Lord Chancellor is not only the Speaker of the House of Lords, but also a member of the Cabinet; his or her department, formerly the Lord Chancellor's Department, is now called the Department for Constitutional Affairs. In addition, the Lord Chancellor is the head of the judiciary of England and Wales, serving as the President of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Thus, the Lord Chancellor is a part of all three branches of Government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. In June 2003, the Blair Government announced its intention to abolish the post of Lord Chancellor, due to the office's mixed executive and judicial responsibilities; a bill intended to achieve this goal was introduced in 2004, but has not passed.

He has no role at election time either, except in his party. As it happens, all Members of Parliament on Monday will cease to be MPs, they become prospective parliamentary candidates. They're waiting to be elected, just like the 650+ others and all that are hoping to defeat them. Tony gets to stay PM, technically - but he's fighting for his constituency seat in Parliament too.



Hope this helps! All quoted info is from;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_L ... e_of_Lords>



cheers

kev

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