Polling boxes and ‘the count’ during hours of darkness

This has been bothering me since attending the count. We do our main election count at night. Some other countries don’t.

As an election volunteer for a candidate, you are entitled to view the counting process. You can view polling boxes awaiting to be counted as well as the counting process but you are not allowed to touch.

What you do not see is what happens between the polling booth and the counting building. Who knows what those boxes are and the labels / seals?

In the dark outside the building, who sees what happens. If you have private police as we did, then all routes to viewing that process are blocked.

We should not be counting during hours of darkness. If we claim to have a democratic process then it cannot have dark, closed off elements. It is too late afterwards to obtain voting data and impractical to check that with individuals.

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Our Response to the Five Year Plan for the National Health Service

Originally posted on Defend our NHS York:

In 2014, Simon Stevens was appointed chief executive of NHS England.

In October 2014, NHS England published a FIVE YEAR FORWARD VIEW FOR THE NHS.

Although no public response was invited, nor opportunity to respond provided, Defend our NHS York and Leeds Keep Our NHS Public have collaborated to produce the following analysis and critique of the document, in the hope of contributing to the crucial debates about the NHS in the run-up to the General Election in May.



The historical and social significance of the National Health Service (NHS)

Social change is now so rapid that it is hard to make sense of it let alone learn from it. The opening sentence of this report is a measure of that. The first words: ‘The NHS may be the proudest achievement of our modern society’, while…

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advice about returning to training after a break

I’m in the process of relocating to Surrey and starting a new job in London next week. I hope to go back to training at my old club at some point in August, or should I say rediscover the floor of my old club if current physical state is anything to go by – hello discipline, old friend!


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Leaving nobody behind in bad health requires Universal Health Coverage

Originally posted on Post2015.org - what comes after the MDGs?:

This post, written by Rob Yates, health consultant at Chatham House and former Senior Health Economist at WHO, is the third in our blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be drafted to include all social and economic groups.

How can we ensure that no one is left in bad health as the SDGs are implemented? Thankfully the global health community has rallied behind a health service goal, that by definition, means that nobody should be left behind. This goal is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which means that all people receive the quality, essential health services they need, without being exposed to financial hardship.

It’s clear that the health sector has a vital role in improving health outcomes, which is achieved through people consuming effective health services. This involves a broad spectrum of services from the preventive that stop people becoming sick, through the curative that…

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Ways you can help NHS staff campaign for restoration of the NHS

After the latest piece of savagery from Westminster yesterday, it’s a wonder that they keep doing their amazing jobs and thank goodness they do or we’d all be stuffed.

One of the easiest things for Westminster and its apologists is to attack a group of people who have the best compassionate, caring standards (minus a few and it is a few), they are so busy carrying out their jobs with those standards that they don’t have time to fight back.

Join National Health Action Party , Keep Our NHS Public or its local affiliate group.

Find out more about what is going on by reading articles on openDemocracy , DoctorsforNHS , http://chpi.org.uk/, http://www.nhsbill2015.org/

Get involved in local NHS campaign initiatives – by ureading council papers and attending local meetings. Local assemblies often have links.

It’s never mattered more than now and the NHS has never needed more public voices supporting every surgery, clinic, hospital. Even one hour a week helps.

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AWE2015 – future in interaction discussion

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