signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7931 times:
In the last election, my cinstituency returned Labour MP Charles Clarke, 2nd was Lib Dem, 3rd Tory.
Given that the Tories are so against what I stand for, I'd probably vote Labour in order to keep them out more than my usual Liberal. I guess it depends on the mood of the day - especially as where I am, people against Labour should vote Liberal as their protet vote... So for me a red / yellow toss up.
Kind of an oxymoron, but I know what you mean ... Tories the largest party, but not enough to form a govt on their own.
I think we could see a hung parliament, but the "first past the post" system throws up a lot of difficulties. I do think however that Nick Clegg has performed well so far - and particularly, Vince Cable. I think he is by far the most competent of the potential chancellors. George Osborne seems way out of his depth.
Personally, if I had a vote, I'd do anything to keep the Tories out. I really do not like Cameron; fairly or unfairly, the phrase "hooray Henry" always jumps to mind when I think of him.
I have registered as an overseas voter and will take the chance to fly over for the day and vote before visiting friends. I will be voting Conservative like I have always done. Hopefully we can get these current clowns out before its too late.
There are a few issues I am concerned about with regards some Conservative policies but they out weigh the benefits of a Conservative government.
RJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7884 times:
I too do not like Cameron and i think this is the case for a lot of people. One of the things which irks me about him is only seems to preach why we shouldn't vote Labour and not why we should vote Conservative.
But even still he doesn't have to do a lot to get in.
EDIT: In my opinion, this one is the Tories' to lose. Mind you, a few months ago, David Cameron could have come out as the spawn of Satan, and still win an election, so Labour have done well to come back from a then hopeless situation.
DanTaylor2006 From UK - England, joined Feb 2006, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7871 times:
This will be my first vote in the general election, and only my second vote to date (my very first vote was for the European parliament not so long ago). I'll be voting Lib Dem, because I think Labour and Conservatives are both as bad as each other. So, essentially, I'm using my vote to protest against both the main parties.... saying that, Nick Clegg is the MP for my constituency when I'm at Uni, and he represents us students fairly well, so I have some respect for him for that reason.
offloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 896 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7869 times:
Voted Conservative as in last 2 elections before losing my right to vote (expat more than 15 yrs) but I can't stand Cameron. However, going back some years when I had a lot of dealings with the European Commission, I changed from pro-EU to anti-EU for reasons I'm not getting into in this thread (I now believe the EU to be utterly irredeemable) so if I could still it would likely be UKIP.
To no one will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice - Magna Carta, 1215
OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27255 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7853 times:
Quoting offloaded (Reply 10): Voted Conservative as in last 2 elections before losing my right to vote (expat more than 15 yrs) but I can't stand Cameron.
Are you sure you lost it? On the form I filled out it says ''as long as you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years''. I presumed you could keep applying as long as you have done so within the last 15 years.
danfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1815 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7837 times:
I'll be voting conservative. Labour have been in power for 13 miserable years and whether they are as bad as each other, the fact remains we have to give the conservatives a chance. It makes me laugh Gordon Brown is saying he will tackle anti social behaviour and the economy, but they said that 5 years ago and nothing has happened. Our judicial system is a joke, the offender gets all the rights and the sentances getting handed out are ridiculous. 2 years for peadophiles and 6 months for robbery is disgraceful. Both parties are saying they will tackle this but Labour has said it before so time to give the conservatives a chance. Also, I can't stand Brown, he has the personality of a tree and looks scruffy. Imagine another 5 years of this guy: going off the last 5 years anti social behaviour will rise with no deterrent and immigration out of control. The short sighted government is so inept with immigration. The fact that these people travel all the way through Europe to the channel tunnel then risk their life hanging onto a train just to get over here doesn't ring alarm bells in Westminster is testiment to how cushy our society is. Immigration needs to be selective, people should enter with the right skills or with a willing to work.
Eagles may soar high, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines!
If the UK had the Aus Fed system, I would vote 1. Lib Dems (keep my cousin happy!) and 2 Lab. But as it is not, the choice would be dependent on the electorate, no point in wasting a vote on Lab or Lib if it gave the seat to the Cons twats. Just see how you like another touch of the La Thatches now you have no industry, no oil and the city has ruined the joint!!
RobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4533 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7767 times:
Being an expat who doesn't contribute any more to British society, I feel morally disqualified to vote in any British elections. However what would be the point of me voting Liberal Democrat in order to try to break the UK's political duopoly? I've lived in Kensington and afterwards in Beaconsfield. Both are true-blue Conservatives. With the present political system you just cannot break the mold. At least here in NL - with its system of proportional representation - your vote stands for something. It's our turn on 9th June
tropical77W From Canada, joined Dec 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 7550 times:
BNP BNP BNP.
but seriously though. Gordon Brown is damaged goods, in addition, his party has been in power for thirteen years. politics is cyclical: years in opposition tend to make the opposing party smell bad in the eyes of the public and there is a change again. Labour will see parliament again.
i heard that there will be leaders debates for the first time? if they are anything like canadian or american debates, get ready for some mudslinging.
EISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7494 times:
Firstly, I don't have a vote.
Secondly, I think Labour is tired and weak. GB needs to go. They need a term on the side lines.
That said, I'm no Tory. In fact, I wouldn't vote Tory. I don't like Cameron, and I don't like his people. Plus it doesn't help that they are being supported by 'The Sun', and that their head of PR is a former Red Head tabloid editor.
I find that both Labour and Tory are are very childish in their campaign ads.
I would vote Lib Dems. Break the duopoly.
Labour needs another do over. New faces, new ideas, real action.
I think that any party should last a max of two terms, after that they just become limp and stale.
It'll be a hung parliament with the Tories being the biggest party. Let them have it for five years, have Labour fix themselves, and then we'll see.
Here's hoping that the BNP and UKIP don't get anywhere near Westminister (I assume they have people running?).
St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
Flyingfox27 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 424 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7490 times:
Lets vote for Airliners.net!................ oh only if we could lol!
I am gonna vote for Lib Dems because i dont like Camerons idea of bring back Fox Hunting and stop LHR expansion and generally someone who cycles along ignoring roadsigns and pedestrians and hugs hoodies and dosent lock his bike, is not a very good role model.
Definatly do not vote BNP, they are too racist.
But as they say, let the best man/party win! Will we continue with Labour since 1997? who knows!
TristarAtLCA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2007, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7450 times:
Quoting Baroque (Reply 18): There are times when the fire really is worse than the frying pan
This will be my fifth eligible election and I cannot recall a poorer decision to be made. The choice between a poorly led clapped out government, a Tory leader so unconvincing I'm not sure I would believe him if he told me his name and an empty shirt in Clegg.
Pan? Fire? Is there a difference?
If you was right..................I'd agree with you
Baroque From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 15380 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (4 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7376 times:
Quoting TristarAtLCA (Reply 23): The choice between a poorly led clapped out government, a Tory leader so unconvincing I'm not sure I would believe him if he told me his name and an empty shirt in Clegg.
Pan? Fire? Is there a difference?
Sounds like a man after my own very poorly informed heart and I am sure based on better evidence. I guess in the end I would try to vote against returning Cameron and between Clegg and Brown it would depend upon the electorate. If a possibility of a Lib Dem win, vote for them, but otherwise for Lab.
You really don't know how satisfying it is to vote in our preferential elections. I even spend the time to do the below the line voting for our Senate so I can ensure my pet hates are at the bottom of the list.
Interesting point there and in an odd way not off topic, is that when you vote that way, you cannot be certain where your vote DOES end up but you can be certain where it does not. An ALP numbers man once looked into it for me and apparently they literally (physicaly) pile up votes to fill our senate quotas and your vote by chance could end in in a major party "pile" and never go to lower preferences. So in an odd sort of way it becomes a bit like the UK where you have not very much control - unless you are following the herd!!!