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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 6th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I am philosophically left-wing, like many of my peers I believe. I don't believe that fundementally Conservative policy and attitudes have changed in the last 20 years. Certainly at a local level many of the councillors are the same.

I do believe in more public services, and paying for them; I do not believe that the free-martet is the solution to every problem.

All the so-called policies at local level tend to be the same "higher spending on services" "more money for schools" etc. There's not much of a hair to split - but there is my trust in their willingness to (try to) deliver.

I think that in many cases the remaining "socialists" in Labour are at the local level - where they haven't been purged from the ranks of the new "Slightly left of middle if you look at us in the right light" parliamentary party.

So - bit of both and a non-answer all in one.
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: June 6th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
These are all strong reasons not to vote Conservative, and perhaps even *to* vote Labour, but not, in my opinion, strong enough reasons to practice the tactical voting you seem to be advocating...
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: June 6th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
To me tactical voting is about pragmatism. Plus, speaking personally, it saves me considering whether I would vote non-Labour for the first time. I've got a lot of sympathies for the LibDems, and if they were the credible alternative then I'd vote for them - I just fear it's a wasted vote.

Now of course, all I'm doing here is encouraging and perpetuating the two-party rotation arrangement which I actully quite detest, and they won't become a credible alternative until people like me vote for them.

So, I can't win! Hurrah!
ant_girl From: ant_girl Date: June 6th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they are becoming more credible. Especially in local government.

Personally I believe that it is best to go with where your sympathies lie (and that includes not voting if you don't know, or if your sympathies don't fit very well with one particular party). I reserve tactical voting for situations where the likely winner is so abhorrent that *anything* would be better.

Or you could look at it this way: do you want your Tory councillor out so much that you're not prepared to *help* the Lib Dems become a credible alternative? ;-)
20 lies or Lie to me