AKA Who does your vote belong to?
So, tomorrow is the general election. And there’s been a lot that has pissed me off about the campaign.
First of all was the Tories suggesting that if you vote Lib Dem, it’s time to come home to the Conservative Party, as well as their suggestion that if the Lib Dem’s didn’t exist then my vote would belong to them.
In the past 24 hours, Gordon Brown has suggested that any floating voters should come home to Labour.
And the one that really gets me, as a Lib Dem supporter and voter. The suggestion that if I vote for anyone other than the Tories or Labour then my vote will be at worst wasted and at best actually a vote for the Tories/Labour (delete according to which party the person I’m speaking to supports).
Pure, unmitigated, grade A bullshit.
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll let you into a little secret. It’s one that Labourservatives don’t want you to hear, but this is it:
The only wasted vote tomorrow is one that is not cast at all. Your vote does not belong to any one particular party. It belongs to you. You and you alone. Your vote is not the automatic right of any one particular party. It is a gift, a privilege that the parties have to convince you to grant them. And, no, if you vote for anyone else that Labour/Tories, it does not mean you want the other one of those two parties to get in. It means that you want the person you voted for to represent you in parliament.
So, have a look online. Check out the candidates. Find out how they feel about matters that are important to you then cast your vote.
In The West Wing there’s a phrase that shows up a couple of times. ‘Decisions are made by those who show up.’ Get informed, if you’re not already, then decide.
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