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I can't tell which party to vote for...

I can't tell which party to vote for. I don't want to throw my vote away on some minor party (Respect, Greens, etc.), but I'm not happy with any of the major three. The Tories and Labour are both too right-winged, and the Lib Dems have no chance of winning a majority. Should I just hold my nose and vote Labour?

written 19th Apr 2005


RogerCO replies: A vote for a 'minor' party is NOT a wasted vote.
If you don't vote for what you believe in then you will never get it.
Every Green vote pushes the sustainability and environmental issues up the political agenda - even if they fail to get a single MP under 1st past the post they already have MEPs, MSPs, GLA and local councillors and every vote strengthens them.
Greens have a truely radical and progressive set of policies and are the only party taking real issues seriously (why do you think petrol is now over 90p/litre?)
If you have a local Green standing then support them - if you have Respect standing then that would be a 'respectable' protest vote against new labour also.

written 19th Apr 2005

Radio replies: Why would you 'hold your nose and vote labour' if you're not happy with them ?
Surely That would be a wasted vote.

Voting for a minor party is not a wasted vote if its what you beleive in and it helps the party grow.

How are any other parties supposed to gain strenght to challenge the established parties if people don't vote for them on the basis of 'oh well i'd like to see such and such win but they're not going to so I wont vote for them'
Its a stupid way of thinking.


written 19th Apr 2005

Al replies: If enough people "throw away" their vote on a "minor" party, that party then ceases to be a minor party, so the vote isn't wasted. If you still don't want to vote for a minor party, spoil your paper, at least it shows you've thought about it, and it registers a protest.
If you feel strongly that you would have to hold your nose to vote labour, you obviously shouldn't vote for them, as that would be a thrown away vote.

written 19th Apr 2005

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NotApathetic was built so that people who are planning not to vote in the UK General Election on May 5th can tell the world why. We won't try to persuade you that voting is a good or a bad idea - we're just here to record and share your explanations. Whether ideological, practical or other, any reason will do.

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