Pic.No.1. The three party leaders bricking themselves about the General Election
I headed off to the Polling Station (the village hall) before work, and upon entering the room, I was faced with two chaps sitting behind a desk.
"I'd like to vote please," I said, handing them my Polling Card, which had been delivered to my house a week earlier.
One of the chaps studied my Polling Card officiously and said, "please can you tell me your name and address?"
"They're on there," I replied, pointing to the card that I had just given him.
"Sorry, you have to say your name and address out loud," he responded.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because it's the rules," he replied.
"What if I was mute? Would that mean I couldn't vote?" I asked him.
The second officianado intervened, "no, we have special procedures in place for disabled voters," he sighed, "they can bring in a Carer to state their name and address for them. Now, could you please tell me your name and address."
So, I picked up my Polling Card from the table in front of them and read out my printed name and address..... "Can I vote now?" I asked them.
Second officianado looked incredulous; "you just read your name and address from that Polling Card," he said.
"I know," I replied, "but I still said it out loud, as requested."
It was at this point that both chaps gave up the debate, and decided to hand me my precious Ballot Paper.
I took the Ballot Paper with both hands and carefully studied the list of glittery candidates ..... this was my vote..... and a vote hard-won by the suffragettes of yester-year.
Ballot Paper secured, I ensconced myself in a little voting booth and picked up the pencil attached to the tabletop with a piece of string........ and I put a big, fat X next to the Conservative candidate ........
Pic.No.2. David Cameron and his missus, Samantha
I folded my Ballot Paper, and carefully fed it into the small slot of the Ballot Box located next to the two glaring officianado chaps ..... and then I headed to work. I had done my duty....... but was it the right decision? EEK, only time will tell.
P.S. I meant to ask you - is it rude to ask other people who they voted for? The reason being, I asked someone today, and they replied; 'none of your business." They then punctuated the comment with something like, "you nosey moose." ....... ummmmmm.