Paper wait

25Apr10

Every day a different political leaflet drops through the letter box. There is not much difference between them, apart from the colour scheme.  It is hard for a busy person to keep up with politics. Therefore I have read all the leaflets on your behalf and created this simple game to help you choose how to vote…

Step 1

Write the following verbs, prefixed with “we will” on separate pieces of card: PROTECT, CUT, IMPROVE, INCREASE, REDUCE, STOP

Step 2

Write the following phrases on another set of cards. If you have cards of different colours it will make no difference.

TAXES, JOBS, DEFENCE SPENDING, CRIME, SPENDING ON EDUCATION, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY INVESTMENT, HEALTH SERVICES, MOBILE LIBRARIES, ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, IMMIGRATION, BINGE DRINKING, UNEMPLOYMENT, STREET FASHION, RECYCLING, STUDENT DEBT, THE ECONOMY.

Step 3

Put all the cards face down, keeping the verbs separate from the other phrases. Then turn up a verb card at random, followed by one of the phrases.  When you have turned up all the verb cards you will have created six political slogans. This is called “A Manifesto”.

Step 4

Read your manifesto aloud. Then vote for the political leader wearing the nicest tie in the TV debate by following the on-screen voting instructions (calls cost no more than 10p from a BT landline; may cost more from other networks).



2 Responses to “Paper wait”

  1. Excellent posting, only today have I had stuff for UKIP and The Tories through my door. In fact I’ve had the same leaflet for the tories twice today…!

  2. 2 Camilla

    My son Ben has been testing our local party leaflets by burning them. Those which burn most easily he considers are worth voting for. The Tory one was apparently partly plastic and was difficult to light, and once it was going gave off noxious fumes.

    Sadly Ben is 17 so won’t be voting anyway.

    However, for anyone seriously interested there is a rather good website at http://www.votematch.org.uk/ where you state your preferences and it tells you which party matches you best. I liked this one because it doesn’t give you any stuff about the parties up front, so it is genuinely based on your views and not your prejudices. (Fortunately my results supported my prejudices rather well).


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