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The General Election Explained. The Plethora of Political Parties.
12/16/2012, 9:02 PM

A7 Radio's "Walter's World" with Walter Bingham
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To select the party for which to vote, among the more than thirty, is not an easy task. In many cases there is an overlap of policies which complicates the choice. Even if one has decided at which end of the political spectrum lies ones principle view of what would best serve the country, there are always one or two declared policies that one cannot easily accept. On the other hand there are electors who choose the party because it declares one policy which is closest to their heart but they ignore all others. For instance when a party’s social and pension policies are deemed excellent, but in all other respects they are considered too extreme. Others erroneously believe they are voting for a Prime Minister. Unfortunately, as you will hear in the programme, we are many diverse tribes and each one insists on having a party.

And: Totally different variables determine the choice of the Israeli Arabs, as a survey shows. That will be discussed in Part two.

Also: To get away from politics, there is music from the era of Walter’s teenage years ! We hope you enjoy that.

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The Knesset, Israel’s Parliament Building.  Credit: Beny Shlevich, Wiki Commons.

Walter Bingham was born in Germany. Just days before the outbreak of WWII, with the help of a Zionist youth movement he was selected for a place on the ‘Kindertransport’ to Great Britain. Walter saw front line action during the Normandy invasion of Europe and was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. In England Walter also acted in films including several Harry Potter films. On the day of his Aliyah in August 2004 he transferred his programme ‘Walter’s World’ to Israel National Radio as a weekly Magazine programme and it has been running here regularly ever since. Walter is an accomplished public speaker and was a member of a visiting panel of lecturers at schools throughout the UK, where he spoke on events in the Third Reich. He has also spoken at schools in the USA and addressed audiences in Israel.
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