My father-in-law said that for the first time in his voting life, he is seriously thinking of not voting in this General Election. Well I can certainly empathise with that attitude and I’m sure he’s one of many but as jaded as I am myself, I still feel the urge to have my say.
Being a bit of a Militant Millie and a true Union gal, I used to vote Labour, unquestioningly, until Tony Bliar did those things that he did and New Labour became the Toffless Tories. Since then I’ve been a loyal Green party voter and I have never regretted the move.
Anyway, for those of us who don’t know which way to go (and understandably, you’re not alone) there’s a website called Vote For Policies where you can read and compare various policies belonging to six unnamed UK political parties on a range of issues. You choose which policies best fit your own values and beliefs and, based on your results, the site tells you which political party you should be voting for. It’s a good set-up that allows people to make informed decisions based on policies rather than personalities. I know history proves to us time and again that what they say and what they do are often universally different and I’ve been through enough governments to become totally disallusioned but I took the survey anyway and predictably it told me I should be voting for the Green party. No surprises there but when I read the individual results I was gob-smacked.
The four issues I picked were education, environment, welfare and NHS. I read the policies, made my choices and my results were:
Education – Green party
Welfare – Green party
NHS – Green party
wait for it
Environment – Lib Dems
Bloody hell folks. What happened there? I mean I’m not concerned about only being 75% Green. That’s healthy enough. Better that than being blindingly partisan. But I’m shocked that the bit where I’m not Green is the environment. Either their polices are very similar or I clicked the wrong policy by mistake.
I’m off to do another one.