Wednesday, 6 May 2015

General Election 2015 - "How should I vote"

It's almost time to vote in the UK General Election so I'm going to advise you as to how you should vote.

I am not a member of any political party and have voted for more than one political party over the last 30+ years that I have been on the electoral roll.

I am, I suppose, a natural Conservative but unfortunately the Conservative party under David Cameron seems to have stopped being naturally Conservative itself. So maybe UKIP? The trouble is that in many seats a vote for UKIP is a wasted vote.

I certainly want to maximise the number of right of centre MPs and minimise the number of left of centre ones, as I don't want a return to the failed policies that so damaged this country 1974-1979 and 1997-2010. If you agree with me, then how you should vote depends upon the type of seat that you are voting in. You'll need to do a little research to see what type of constituency you are in, this Wikipedia article should be of assistance.

My rule is:

If you are in a seat where the Conservatives have a realistic chance of winning it, whether in a two way or three way fight, then vote Conservative.

If you are in a seat where the Conservatives have no realistic chance of wining but UKIP do, then vote UKIP.

If you are in a seat where the fight is between Labour and the Lib Dems, then vote Lib Dem - unless their candidate is one of the Lib Dems whose views put them beyond the pale. A right of centre government supported by the LibDems is better for the Country than a Labour or even worse Labour/SNP government. Yes I'd rather there was no need for Lib Dems in government but sometimes you just have to accept second best rather than what would be even worse.

If you are in a seat where the choice is between Labour and the SNP, move address.

If you want more detailed advice, then this Mail article explains how you can vote tactically to keep out Labour. It sets out the 50 key seats where tactical voting by the right should help keep Labour out of government.

Most of the key seats listed are situated in the north of England and the Midlands and include:
29 seats where Tories have an improved chance of winning if Ukip sympathisers vote Conservative
12 seats where Tories should vote Lib Dem to keep Labour out
3 seats where Lib Dems should vote Conservatives to keep Labour out
4 seats where UKIP & LibDems together should vote Conservative to keep Labour out
2 seats where Conservatives should vote UKIP to stop a Labour MP being elected - That's Dudley North and Heywood & Middleton

Yes a real Conservative leader would have managed some sort of voting pact to keep the Conservative and UKIP votes from being wasted but David Cameron is not that leader.

David Cameron is however better than Ed Miliband. So go on, hold your nose if need be, vote to keep Labour out - Your Country Needs You

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