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Don't vote out of fear....

(This was a reply to someone's comments about tactical voting to keep the Tories out even though they would prefer to vote LibDem. I've reposted it here as I really do feel that this election we should vote the way WE WANT to vote not out of fear that it'll cause the remergence of a Tory government)

**I do feel that Blair does actually beleive what he is doing is right,
which gets my respect as well as scaring me at the same time.**

Can I just ask if you also respect Bush? He also actually believes what he is doing is right? Or Hitler? Or Thatcher? Or the Pope? Or Anti-abortionists? Or the thousands of terrorists and dictators out there?

The one thing they nearly all have in common is that they believe what they are doing is right. That does not automatically mean that they are right nor indeed worthy of any respect.

I couldn't give a toss if someone 'thinks' they're right when they lie and use scare tactics to get their way and do things which I most certainly don't agree with. That is one of the reasons I could not vote for a Labour government as long as Blair is at the head of the party. If they loose Finchley to the Conservatives or to the LibDems then that's one less majority Blair has to rely on which is a good thing. They'd have to loose an unprecedented 160 seats to loose power. I feel that allows everyone to use their vote the way THEY feel is right. Not out of fear or worry.

Comments

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tooth_fairy
May. 4th, 2005 11:37 am (UTC)
I'll be voting Lib Dem like I always do
davedevil
May. 4th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
Its a very difficult line...

Truth is though, liberals and labour are closer to the other than the torries. Just look at Scotland oto see what they can do if they work together...

Vote tactically, keep the tories out, in constituaxncies where you can vote liberal (or labour) and take a torie scalp do it!

Once the blue menace is dead... we can fight for the future of this country.
isalani
May. 4th, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
same could be said
for the red menance.
davywavy
May. 4th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: same could be said
See below :)
davywavy
May. 4th, 2005 12:16 pm (UTC)
Personally I'm with Francois Mitterand (a rare but true statement from me), who argued that moving between socialism and capitalism in bursts (preferably relatively short) was essential for the long term happiness and success of a country as each would undo the excesses of the other.
Advocating a single ideological hegemony of any idea into the future is advocating long-term stagnation, irrespective of the ideology.
silver_blue
May. 4th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes, I respect Bush's belief that he's right. I respected Thatcher's belief that she was right. Comparisons with Hitler, the Pope, terrorists or dictators are misleading and inaccurate. Unlike them, Blair, Bush and Thatcher are all democratically accountable, they have acted within the democratic system and made themselves accountable - we elected them, we have the option to elect someone else.

I think it would be healthy if Labour lost a significant portion of it's majority - it's not good for democratic government for them to have such a lack of opposition in Parliament. But we as a country voted him in, and in a representative democracy you then let your elected government govern. If you don't like what they do then you can vote them out. My respect for the likes of Bush or Thatcher wouldn't extend to my voting for them.
twicedead
May. 4th, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
Dude, you just lost the internet argument by comparing someone to Hitler.
angusabranson
May. 4th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hitler had beliefs too. Just because he was also a raving madman (which luckily most of the others I mentioned aren't) is immaterial ;p

But yeah, Hitler does seem to be the benchmark for thread closures!
corone
May. 4th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
I am voting the way I want by voting NOT to have a tory MP.
It is a kind of anti-vote.

If the margin in my constituancy was no so slim I'd be more than happy to vote for a party (Lib-Dem) than against one.
gabby2600
May. 4th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I went on policy based voteing and I ahve to say LibDem have some of the best policies, and seem to target the right areas for growth, rather then for the popularist opinion.

frankendreads
May. 4th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
well
politically this country is stagnant
we are well overdue to change to proportional representation
even though I know of it's overall weakness, it is more acturate representation of voters choices in election
we as a people have far too long have not decided on how this country is run and rather a small body of individuals to do it for us
We have become weaker and unresponsible society because of this
WE let them decide what is inportant not the other way round
We need more action of accountablilty and more referrendem
More effective public dicsussion
more pubic control on political parties
not left to a few who will make decision that suits themselves and associates
we need to change and be more responsible
Tactical voting happened last election
most organised protests HAVE caused changes in policy
We must do this to create that ideal society that we want ourselves and future generations to live within
Politics is a means to an end, not the be or end of all things
I do not care which party is for or against
All I care about is that they are doing it for the best of the nation TOGETHER!!!!
enough with the inter-party bickering we need concertive actions
not snide remarks and nick picking
Our current society situation is due to actions of all not just the last government
The modern degredation and collaspe was started just after world war 2
continued policy of those government had done little to solve those problems
in fact greed, selfishness and corruption has increased in it's place
these are the REAL ISSUES to me
and these need to be sorted by all
my 2 cents
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