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Stephen Fry wants you to vote - but don't let that put you off . . .

 . . . . turn out anyway and make your choice. The leaflets coming through the letter box tell us we have a choice between Catherine West, who has consistently fought against the result of the referendum and her own party's policy as set out in 2017, in her attempts to prevent Brexit, and Dawn Barnes, who is standing for a party which is straightforwardly opposing the will of the people as set out in a referendum three years ago. 

Choose West and you may get Corbyn the communist ditherer as PM, choose Barnes and you almost certainly won't get Swinson as PM, but increase the risk of another ineffectual hung Parliament. Apparently you would have to change constituencies away from Hornsey and Wood Green, to do anything to help get Boris the philandering sesquipedalian with a tendency to narrowly miss being completely accurate in his pronouncements, to become PM.

It's just so difficult knowing how to choose.

from Stephen Fry at

Change.org

Hello Adrian -

So take a minute now to make sure you’re registered

I know some of you feel your voice doesn’t matter - that nobody listens if you speak up. But as my friends at Change.org say, it’s the people who rule elections, not politicians. When it comes to voting, your voice is all that matters. Every single vote. That’s what democracy is.

If you are frustrated and fed up, or if you are hopeful and want change, use this chance to tell Parliament what you want. 

Don’t know who to vote for? Don’t worry! You have the next few weeks to decide. For now, just make sure you’re registered so that you at least have the option.

If you’re already registered then please help me spread the word by pressing forward on this email to 5 friends or if you’re on your phone, click below to share on Whatsapp to make sure that by election day, we’re all able to have a say.

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The deadline to register is 11:59pm on 26 November. But don’t wait until then, do it now. It only takes a minute.

Your voice matters!

PS When Change.org asked you what we should focus on as a community this election, thousands of you said we should work together to register people to vote. You also wanted to know more about the biggest people power campaigns during this period. So along with this reminder to register, expect to see the biggest campaigns taking off in your inbox over the next few weeks.

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Strange isn't it that the 'will of the people' expressed at the General Election two years ago is no longer valid, yet the 'will of the people' expressed in the referendum over three years ago is somehow sacrosant.  We have votes at regular intervals because the people change their minds about things. 

The 'will of the people' of Hornsey & Wood Green was to Remain in the EU, by a decisive margin, so Catherine West is aligned with her constituents in this regard, as is Dawn Barnes.  

Apples and pears and misconceptions, Rob.

A referendum is a rare thing in Britain , said to be 'once in a generation' or the like. I don't remember voting to join the Common Market in 1975, but I think I probably did. And then a generation later (all my children have grown up since) we had the chance to review that decision, and all the Referenda-free treaties that succeeded it. So the referendum decision is much more persistent than a general election. Not strange at all.

And, any way, to repeat,  in the 2017 General Election Catherine West was elected on the back of a manifesto which undertook to leave the European Union. Indeed around 80% of Britain voted to support the two main parties both of whom undertook to leave the EU.

And Hornsey and Wood Green is not a member state of the EU, so its people cannot have decided to remain. All they had the option to do was to take part in a National referendum to decide for the nation what Great Britain would do. I could give you an address in Crouch End where 100% of the people voted to leave, a massively overwhelming majority. But that would be just as much a nonsense as saying Hornsey and Wood Green , or Scotland, voted to remain. 

Or perhaps I am wrong. If Catalonia or the Basques can agitate to leave Spain, if Hong Kong can rebel against China, then perhaps Hornsey and Wood Green could leave Great Britain.

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