Who should I vote for?

posted 13 April 2005

Labour -14
Conservative -18
Liberal Democrat 30
UK Independence Party 3
Green 18


You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Quiz at Who Should You Vote For, via Dom, as usual.

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Why I should vote Lib Dem

posted 13 April 2005

The test I did in the post prior to this one was something of a cheat, given that I'd already decided who I was going to vote for using the BBC's handy policies at a glance election guide. The below is paraphrased from the email in which I decided, on a category by category basis.

Asylum/immigration

I like Lib Dems. Labour are a bit draconian, Conservatives are plain evil.

Health

All three parties have expensive and impractical plans. The Lib Dem would ban smoking in all public places, so despite having the most expensive plans of the three, they get my vote here.

Crime

Labour are wussy, Conservatives are tough (but like drug rehab, which is nice), and Lib Dems are uber-wussy. Surprisingly enough, I'd go conservative on this one.

Education

Both opposition parties are promising way more spending than they can deliver, so I don't take them seriously here. Labour are practical if not terribly visionary.

War on terror

Lib Dems want immediate pullout, so scratch them. Conservatives want to waste money on regiments but Labour have stupid plans for detaining terror suspects (they also like ID cards). Conservatives are the least of three stupidities here.

Pensions

I don't care; the system will doubtless go bust long before I retire. Not a voting issue for me.

Tax/economy

Labour are definitely planning tax rises but won't admit it, Tories are promising tax cuts but also planning rises, Lib Dems are saying they will raise taxes outright and are planning to shift from flat council tax to local income tax, which would save me money, so Lib Dems.

Europe

Tories are anti-Europe, Lib Dems are pro-Europe, Labour are pragmatic about it. So Labour, mainly because Gordon is in charge of deciding when would be the right time to join, and we trust him.

Families

Another non-voting issue for me. We already allow gay adoption. (But see gay marrige, below)

Environment

Everybody has surprisingly good plans, but Tories are signalling they don't like Kyoto. Lib dems are the greenest (well, other than the Greens obviously, but we're not considering them), so Lib Dems win, all other things being equal.

Transport

Conservatives are pandering, Lib-dems are impractical, so Labour, who are merely incompetent.

Rural affairs

Lib Dems and Tories are both anti-GM, Tories are also anti-travellers (aka racist). All want to reform the CAP. Labour.

Constitutional reform

Lib dems have good ideas, Conservatives okay ones, Labour are deliberately dragging their feet and promising nothing. Lib Dems.

Equality/rights

Labour made gay marriage legal. Yay Labour!

Based on the above, I support:

  • Conservatives on crime and war (surprisingly)
  • Labour on education, Europe, transport, "rural affairs" and equality
  • Lib Dems on immigration, health, tax, environment, and constitutional reform

So technically Lib dems are tied with labour, but their positions are similar on Europe, so on balance I think I should vote Lib Dem (unless, of course, it looks like the Tories might win).

And the test this morning just backed that up, essentially by asking questions about all the same issues. I wouldn't be surprised if whoever made the test did it based on that BBC thing too.

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