Sunday, May 9, 2010

A Traffic Light Coalition?

UK is going to be in a state of flux in the next one week or so because of this hung parliament predicament. If the Tories still cannot clobber a deal with Nick Clegg (and the Lib Dems), the latter already urged by senior figures in his party on Saturday to back a "traffic light coalition" with Labor, Green and smaller parties, will have a much better chance with Labor and the others, I should think. I find the Lib Dems interesting because they have been advocating electoral reform by insisting on proportional representation rather than the present ‘first past the post’ system. First-past-the-post systems are often criticized as being unrepresentative as they do not necessarily represent the choice of a majority of voters only the highest polling candidate(s).

Given that I am also looking to become a responsible Toastmaster club officer – I have started to go to the Toastmasters International website to learn as much as I can – and under “club elections: annual”, it is clearly stated that “A quorum (51 percent of active members) is needed to conduct business (including electing officers). Proxies or absentee ballots are not allowed at the club level” : (Webpage http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/OfficerResources/ClubOfficerResources/ClubOfficerList/ClubElectionsAnnual.aspx, accessed May 09, 2010). I hope what happened at MIMKL Toastmasters Club is an exception – the rule is clear, no creative interpretation is allowed! But then, there will be those who will subject the word 'active" to a different interpretation!
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After all, the AGM is serious business. Below, find photos of the D’Utama Advanced Toastmasters Club AGM held last Friday:


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