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Why is the Royal Wedding a bank holiday, but the AV Vote isn't?

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banned5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Seems strange that we have a day off to watch a couple of people get married, but not to maximise the turnout in something that changes our democracy dramatically.
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banned5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
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#1
broken britain
1 Like #2
Keep the plebs distracted with the shiny shiny.
#3
you should run in the next election filth.
#4
hello55060
broken britain


What does that mean?
#5
it may be a bank holiday, but i bet most employers will treat it as a normal working day.
#6
besides i vote by post anyway, cant be bothered going to a station and getting mind mugged by the local candidates, i might lay one out.
#7
windhoek
hello55060
broken britain


What does that mean?


Broken Britain
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Broken Britain is a term which has been used in The Sun newspaper[1], and by the Conservative Party[2] to describe a perceived widespread state of social decay in Britain. The Sun has run frequent stories under the "Broken Britain" theme since 2007. The term has included coverage of several interlinked issues:
Child neglect, particularly in the wake of the Baby P case[3] and the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews
Binge and underage drinking[4]
Violent, gang, knife and gun crime[5]
Teenage pregnancy
[6]
David Cameron has referred to "Broken Britain" during his time as leader of the Conservative Party, and pledged to "fix" Broken Britain during the campaign for the 2010 general election. In September 2009, The Sun announced[7] that it would back the Conservatives in the 2010 election, having supported the Labour Party in 1997, 2001 and 2005, stating that Labour had "failed on law and order". Iain Duncan Smith published two reports, "Breakdown Britain" and "Breakthrough Britain", dealing with similar themes, through the Centre for Social Justice.
By contrast, The Guardian ran a series of articles in 2010 questioning this theme, under the title "Is Britain Broken?"[8]. The Conservatives also came under criticism after publishing an inaccurate figure in a report on teenage pregnancy and crime rates[9].

or he could mean

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1 Like #8
Its a public holiday not a bank holiday. Some employers will explain the 29th april as a 'special' day as its not taken into account in the employment contract between you and your employer in reference to public holidays.
#9
@ hello55060

If you weren't referring to the geological faults that occur throughout Britain, but instead were alluding to social decay (mentioned by r4ge), I'd like to know when you think the break happened - for presumably, a thing can only be broken if it was once intact and not broken?
banned#10
It strikes me as absurd that we are having a public holiday to watch a Royal Family do but not one to maximise the turnout for a democratic vote.

It just makes our country look vacuous and celebrity-obsessed, or indeed 'broken'.
#11
The last employer i worked for conceeded to a few football fans to watch the world cup (approx 10% of the workforce that really wanted to watch it), and every single employee had to either start their shift hours earlier (regardless of their own real life circumstances/childrens/family/transport needs) or work hours later. they wouldnt let people work normal hours. whats this got to do with the royal wedding, dunno! but employers can be a right barsteward with these things.
1 Like #12
windhoek
@ hello55060

If you weren't referring to the geological faults that occur throughout Britain, but instead were alluding to social decay (mentioned by r4ge), I'd like to know when you think the break happened - for presumably, a thing can only be broken if it was once intact and not broken?


I blame the crappy soaps the majority of this country brain wash themselves every night (children watching it too) I love violence in films, explosions scifi, drama, horror etc. but these films are not shown to my kids like a soap is viewed by a family - and anyway - a 70ft terminator is totally unrealistic whereas a family shouting abuse at each other in a kitchen is real for children. I have several relatives that watch this crap in front of their kids, constant arguments, fighting etc. they grow up to think its normal to shout and act this way, and they do.

back on topic>>>>
#13
FilthAndFurry
It strikes me as absurd that we are having a public holiday to watch a Royal Family do but not one to maximise the turnout for a democratic vote.

It just makes our country look vacuous and celebrity-obsessed, or indeed 'broken'.


So the fact that the wedding is on in the late morning for a couple of hours whereas you can vote from anytime between 7am and 10pm does not come into it then? If you can't find 5 minutes to vote during that time then you are the problem and not 'broken britain'

Edited By: cdm22 on Apr 02, 2011 13:52
banned#14
cdm22
FilthAndFurry
It strikes me as absurd that we are having a public holiday to watch a Royal Family do but not one to maximise the turnout for a democratic vote.

It just makes our country look vacuous and celebrity-obsessed, or indeed 'broken'.


So the fact that the wedding is on in the afternoon for a couple of hours whereas you can vote from anytime between 7am and 10pm does not come into it then? If you can't find 5 minutes to vote during that time then you are the problem and not 'broken britain'


It's not just about the time, it's the significance that we place on the two events. The idea of a public holiday to allow more people to watch a royal wedding when we don't allow the maximum amount of time to cast a vote is absurd.

And yes people should vote as early as they can and not leave it, but some people have busy lives or may just forget. Giving it the added importance of being a public holiday just makes sense to me.
1 Like #15
filth just wants an extra day off, for fun.

or it will take him at least a few hours to tick a box
#16
Polling days are never public holidays are they? Not really sure I agree with the Royal Wedding being a public holiday, its a very expensive folly (although at the same time I'm not complaining about an extra paid day off!) but I don't see why poll days should be either; the stations are open from something like 8am to 10pm anyway aren't they?
#17
Polling goes on from early hrs of the morning till very late at night, the only people that would work that long a day is the poor presiding officers and poll clerks. I have a lot of friends and family that do it and they have to start work well before the stations open too and at least a hour after to close up deliver the ballot box etc etc.

I'm not bothered about the Royal wedding being a public holiday, I have to work shifts on 365days a year anyway and we won't be getting bank hol pay if we work it.
banned#18
I'm very grateful to be getting a day off work to celebrate the marriage of the future King of England. Not sure why anyone would need to have a day off to make a vote unless they were pretty indecisive and needed that amount of time to make up their mind.

Then again, if you dont want to take the day, you could always protest and insist on working.
banned#19
King of England lol
banned 1 Like #20
guv
I'm very grateful to be getting a day off work to celebrate the marriage of the future King of England. Not sure why anyone would need to have a day off to make a vote unless they were pretty indecisive and needed that amount of time to make up their mind.

Then again, if you dont want to take the day, you could always protest and insist on working.


My point is that we seem to place greater importance on watching an unelected hereditary **** get married than we do practicing our democratic duties, be they referendums or general elections.

Or do you have to watch the wedding happening live? Are you excited about her dress?
1 Like #21
They are the most looked at on the street and they are the most written about, so my vote is yes for the day off at their wedding.
The comparison is not there as like some ppl have said, the vote doesn't take half a day to do and is open for longer time to do.
#22
Get rid of the Royals anyway. They no longer bring any benefit to Britain and are just leeches hanging on to their cut of the taxes.
banned#23
not complaining...day off for nowt!
banned 1 Like #24
FilthAndFurry
guv
I'm very grateful to be getting a day off work to celebrate the marriage of the future King of England. Not sure why anyone would need to have a day off to make a vote unless they were pretty indecisive and needed that amount of time to make up their mind.

Then again, if you dont want to take the day, you could always protest and insist on working.


My point is that we seem to place greater importance on watching an unelected hereditary **** get married than we do practicing our democratic duties, be they referendums or general elections.

Or do you have to watch the wedding happening live? Are you excited about her dress?


Nope... You have to watch nothing live, in fact as mentioned you don't need to take the day off.

I couldn't give a monkeys what her dress is like, but if that's what rocks your boat, who am I to mock.
#25
anewman
Get rid of the Royals anyway. They no longer bring any benefit to Britain and are just leeches hanging on to their cut of the taxes.

Bring in an estimated 1.5 billion UK pounds sterling in tourism. Hardly leeches.

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