They're not voting because...
- I don't like the New part of Labour ...
I don't like the New part of Labour and everything that it seems to stand for, I don't like the Conservative approach to the working class and indeed many other things, and I can't really see that there's a mass amount of point voting for so weak a party as the Lib Dems.written 16th Apr 2005
sans replies: You've fallen into the trap of thinking there are always going to be 2 options. The Labour party is a relatively new phenomeneon in parliamentary history. They only emerged as a growing party in the 1920's and eclipsed the Liberals. And their dominance of the electoral scene is a new thing. If you don't vote, nothing will change. The hisotry of political parties and policies is more fluid than you realise.written 16th Apr 2005
Alison replies: Actually, I've studied the split of the Liberals and the rise of the Labour party in inter-war Britain and so am fully aware that they are a 'new' party.
However, New Labour are different to old Labour, and there are few people who would dispute it. And I know which one I'd rather vote for.
At the end of the day, maybe the liberals were once in power and were the opposition, and maybe it would be nice if they could still be on that form, but right now, in the present, they are not. And I'm certainly not going to vote on the basis of their once being an important party. It doesn't mean anything now.written 16th Apr 2005
sans replies: Sorry I misunderstood your reasons. I meant to say that political parties can grow just like Labour did. But I sense from your responses that you want to vote "old" labour rather than to vote for other political parties. Well "old" labour is alive and well in a lot of Labour MP's and they have opposed a number of govt. policies. Just check your local MP's voting record at www.theyworkforyou.com to see if he voted for the things you agree with (if he is a labour MP).written 16th Apr 2005