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Only one week to go!

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rosesarered Wed 31-May-17 10:44:14

Only one week to go ( thank God) to the GE.Quite a while back we booked a holiday not knowing a GE would be looming and now DH is very put out as this will only allow a fast time scale for us to rush and vote that day before we go( but vote we shall.) Then we can have our holiday and forget about it all.
What we do quite often when going on holiday, is invite friends to stay in our home, and they do the same for us, so we all get free holidays in a different area,
We water plants and take care of pets.Does anyone else do this?
Also, does anyone stay up all night to look at GE results as they come in? I never do, ( like my sleep too much) but DH always does, he likes the excitement.This year he says he will have a glass of something fortifying to hand though.grin

Norah Wed 31-May-17 11:00:35

I sleep through, DH usually stays awake, but says he will sleep this time.

rosesarered Wed 31-May-17 13:09:25

Perhaps we should all take a sleeping tablet.?

kittylester Wed 31-May-17 13:23:42

Dh stays up but I can't!!

J52 Wed 31-May-17 13:36:11

We will go on holiday the day before the election. Bliss.
Though, we have already cast postal votes.

Anniebach Wed 31-May-17 13:46:59

First time for me not to sit up for election results, past caring , will know results Friday morning and just don't care who wins, either will be a disaster .

whitewave Wed 31-May-17 13:49:22

I shan't stay up as I think it will be a Tory government which I think will be utterly disastrous for everyone except of course the wealthy.

Lazigirl Wed 31-May-17 14:02:59

I shall stay up for the early results to come in by which time usually obvious which way it's going, but sadly I feel as you do whitewave. A few days later I will have to put a brave face on it as am organising Great Get Together for neighbours (who are mostly Tory in my street) and try and remember what Jo Cox said "more that unites than divides". smile

Ilovecheese Wed 31-May-17 15:37:40

We also have to vote early morning as we are going away. Probably stay up for the first few results but not all night.

Coolgran65 Wed 31-May-17 15:46:26

I will be working at the Poll Station from 6 am until approx 10.45 pm. By the time I get home I'm so wired that bed and sleep is far away. The count starts immediately the ballots are received so I may or may not see it through.

Alima Wed 31-May-17 17:13:29

I tried to stay awake for the last one. Fell asleep on the sofa in the end. Awake nice and early for the brilliant result though. It was my birthday too, lovely present! Not sure I will try to stay up this year as have to take DGS to school and need to at least look awake. Wake up extremely early most mornings, 4, 5, so that will do.

M0nica Wed 31-May-17 18:18:00

Normally all fired up and eager participant in election hustings. This time I am so BORED, I am avoiding all political threads and political activity, apart from the very occasional sortie on GN, when someone says something factually incorrect.

Thankfully DD has an OU exam on the morning of the 8th and we are all off to a spa for the afternoon, followed by a belated birthday meal for her in the evening. None of us will even think about the election (voting apart) until very late on the morning of the 9th.

whitewave Wed 31-May-17 18:20:09

monica nothing to do with Mays abysmal performance I assume?

M0nica Wed 31-May-17 18:28:50

and your point is?

As far as I am concerned the whole lot of 'em bore me stiff. Even the party I nominally belong to.

Maggiemaybe Wed 31-May-17 18:36:43

Yes, I'll be there. I always stay up, even did back in the day when I had to go straight to work with my eyelids propped open. In 2015 we'd booked a few days away before the date was announced and I watched it all unfold from the edge of a hotel bed with the TV sound turned down low (I didn't dare lie down as I knew I'd miss it all grin). Apart from the sheer joy of seeing George Galloway ousted, it was one of the most miserable nights of my life.

annodomini Wed 31-May-17 22:12:53

I used to be up much of the night observing our local Constituency count. It's a relief not to have to do that nowadays and I wait until I hear about the results on the early morning news broadcasts. Staying up all night won't change the results!

janeainsworth Wed 31-May-17 22:26:57

I'm in Canada and will be on June 8th, and so the first results will come out around 6pm local time.
It slightly makes up for missing all the excitement at close quarters. I'm normally a stayer-upper.

rosesarered Wed 31-May-17 22:29:36

Can it do your blood pressure any good though?grin

janeainsworth Wed 31-May-17 23:17:35

Better than lying awake wondering what's going on! I always like to know which constituency will be the first to declare. The race for that is exciting in itself grin
Of course it's not the same as the old days, with Peter Snow and his Swingometergrin

rosesarered Wed 31-May-17 23:27:47

Oh yes, the old swingometer, had forgotten that, it was high tech in it's day, haha.

Chewbacca Wed 31-May-17 23:38:20

I'm a bit more pragmatic. I cast my vote; walk away and don't think about it until I put the radio on the next morning. Once I've cast my vote, there isn't anything more I can do about the results so I forget about it. then seethe if the party is voted for didn't get in! smile

Jalima1108 Thu 01-Jun-17 00:11:39

I have stayed up all night at a count after spending all day at the polling station - but not any more!!

Perhaps I didn't need so much beauty sleep in those days.


M0nica Thu 01-Jun-17 09:46:45

whitewave, as you didn't answer my question, I will guess what it was. The answer is that I not a conservative voter. I have never voted conservative on my life. Every quiz I do shows me to be well left of centre. However I have never voted Labour either because I think, like the Conservatives, it is in thrall to a discredited and outdated ideology, inappropriate for the modern age.

henbane Thu 01-Jun-17 11:02:53

We're also off on holiday next morning so shan't stay up - it'll be the first election in years where I haven't seen the dawn! And probably need to go to bed too early to get a real idea of what's happening, so will have to get all the excitement from the Today programme before we go.

cc Thu 01-Jun-17 11:07:25

Postal votes are great. When canvassers call you can just say you've already voted and they don't call again.