Consider This When Voting On Thursday 7th May In The UK General Election 2015last edited 17:08 on 6 May 2015
Why “waste my vote” for a party which has "no chance to win”?
Elections are for the future – why is everyone looking back to the previous election results as the basis of whom to vote for? It’s like driving a car mainly watching the back mirror to check what others were doing... If we want to achieve something, we need to look forward.
“I have always voted for my party, and will stay faithful to them.” Voting for a party doesn’t mean you are married to them. When a party truly disappoints you and you keep voting for them, they will not learn or change anything. NOT voting for your party may actually be the best motivation for them to change for the better. If any party is too greedy to stick to power, it is time for them to lose it – and recover in a healthy opposition role.
“I don’t want the Tories another five years - I want change!”
Our 1st past the post voting system has produced “tactical voting”, where nobody votes FOR the party or person they prefer, but instead AGAINST what they dislike. If we want a real change, we need to be radical, stop voting for the big parties and support the small parties to gain momentum for changing the voting system.
Are we a nation of hypocrites, where everyone votes tactically (mostly vote for the lesser evil) and not for what we believe in? Does the party you have always been voting for actually stand for and represent you? If you feel they have deceived you: don’t let them get away with it!
“I am not going to vote – it won’t make a difference.”
“I am not going to support the rotten system with my vote.” Not voting will be seen as “everyone is happy with the current situation” - and ultimately the party you like least will benefit from you not voting. If you and others (like Russell Brand) want to have real change, voting for a party which comes close to your views means you will have at least a chance of getting what you hope for.
How would you feel about a Labour/Tory Grand Coalition? Labour and Tories are not that different any more. They are tempted to cling to power. In the case of a Grand Coalition we could only hope that there would be enough smaller-party MPs left to form a strong opposition, essential for a good democracy.
Polls and statistics are used to manipulate us. Polls can easily be fine tuned in many subtle ways to get a favourable result and make you believe that certain parties have no chance. Diagrams with absolute numbers or percentage values are selectively used in the interest of parties, media and businesses. Do not let them influence your choice of vote, which expresses your very own opinion.
"The Greens would be just the same, once in power – no point voting for them!” Did you check their policies? Give them a chance to prove you wrong!
“The Green Party leader Natalie Bennett seems to show weaknesses – not convincing.” The Green Party represents policies, not personalities. Politics is not primarily about delivering great speeches or being good with rhetoric – it’s about a clear vision for the future based on what's best for the common good, and it's about practical implementation of that vision, as part of a team. Natalie Bennett is human and imperfect like the rest of us. Perhaps because of rather than despite that, she has inspired thousands. Green Party membership has surged to 61,500 (on 29 April 2015) under Natalie Bennett's leadership.
Do you live in one of the following constituencies: Brighton Pavilion, Bristol West, Norwich South? (or Bristol North West, Sheffield Central, Liverpool Riverside, St Ives, Oxford East, Solihull, Reading East, York Central, Holborn & St Pancras, Cambridge?)
"Vote Swap" is a scheme where Green and Labour supporters are swapping votes in order to get their candidate to win in target constituencies (voteswap.org).
It shows how voters are desperatetely trying to make their vote count in our current voting system;
you decide whether this is ethical and something for you - or not.
There are also local elections on May 7th. Good politics start locally – and grow from there. A strong green opposition can be nearly as good as a Green Council.
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