So it’s nearly all over. This time tomorrow, the polling stations will be open and the nation will be casting its votes. But who to vote for? That’s been a difficult decision this time round. I can’t tell you who to vote for – nobody can. That has to be your decision alone.
However, if you’ve read any of my previous Election Propaganda posts, you’ll be aware that I have made a few suggestions as to who not to vote for. Don’t vote New Labour unless you want another five years of more of the same, don’t vote for any of the far right candidates for all the obvious reasons, and please, please, please, for the love of all that is good and right and true, DON’T VOTE TORY!
Who does that leave you with then?
Everyone’s talking about the Liberal Democrats as the main third choice. Personally, I’m a bit dubious about this. I can see that they would be a better choice than New Labour or the Conservatives, but only just. They seem a little tame for my liking, although this will obviously increase their appeal to disaffected voters from the other major parties who would be unlikely to support a more radical policy programme.
However, I am glad to see this country’s staid old two-party system beginning to open out with the increasing popularity of the Lib Dems. It is entirely possible that I may end up with a Lib Dem MP come Friday – but, although I know their candidate here (slightly) and wish him luck, it is highly unlikely I will be one of the many locals voting for him.
Then there’s the Greens. Although I can see the benefits of tactically voting Lib Dem to prevent a Tory majority, I am most likely to be voting Green. Their manifesto is the nearest fit to my political beliefs of any of the parties (although I’m never going to find a political party that believes in everything I believe in – unless I start one myself, and that won’t be happening any time soon!), and I would like to see them finally make a real domestic electoral breakthrough in this country.
European Green parties have already had some success in domestic elections, and Britain itself has two Green MEPs (Caroline Lucas and Jean Lambert, the latter representing my part of London), 125 local councillors, and two members of the London Assembly. Party leader Lucas is standing in the Brighton Pavilion constituency and looks likely to win the seat. It will be interesting to see how well the Greens do this time around; the opportunity for a breakthrough is certainly there.
The possibility of a hung parliament gives Independent candidates a greater chance of political influence than usual – although some are a better bet than others. Having now met the Independent who is standing in this constituency I’m even more convinced that she’d be a really bad choice as MP, but there are some Independent candidates who would probably do a good job in representing the interests of their constituents in Parliament over and above the political dogma of the main parties.
It is very clear that more and more people are getting incredibly frustrated by these lies and political dogma. I’ve spoken to a number of people recently who are determined that they won’t be voting at all. It is absolutely their right to choose not to vote, but that approach does annoy me. As someone who is descended from a suffragette and who admires those who fought (and in some cases died) to extend the franchise, I would much rather that those who choose not to vote make a statement by spoiling their ballot paper instead…
And if you’re really fed up with all the lies, bullshit and spin, you could even try this on election day…