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Gone to Vote

I'm off to vote in the London Mayoral Elections in a few moments. I still have no idea who will be getting my votes - and that's the first time I can honestly say that since I started voting.

I've gone from being a LibDem Party Member who went out canvassing and sticking leaflets through doors to now looking at the options on hand and pretty much despairing at all the major parties.

I know the Green party will be getting at least one of my votes for Mayor and probably all of my votes for the Assembly (I'm so out of the loop I'm not 100% sure that Assembly voting is also today but I think it is - and the Assembly is proportional represntation so every vote truly counts even more than usual which allows voting for the smaller parties to actual have some affect outside nof the usual 3 big guns). Who gets my other Mayoral vote I have no idea. It would probably be the LibDems but as the Mayoral race is pretty much a two-horse affair between Labour and the Conservatives that wouldn't really mean much. I should try and figure out (on the five minute walk to the Polling Station) which candidate between Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson is the less offensive and better for London. Now I am fully aware that Boris is the less offensive but I don't know if he'd actually be better for London than (alledgedly) corrupt old Ken. Boris is a showman and a good comedian and wit and whilst his frequent cock-ups are amusing I don't think those are qualities that would make a good Mayor. Plus with the Conservatives almost certain to win the next general Election (especially if Gordon Brown is still leader of the Labour Party) I don't really fancy having both England and London run by the Tories. Hmm... I guess I'm veering towards Ken.

Right, five minutes walk for me and then I'll know what's happened to my little ticky boxes.

If you can vote today please go and do so.

Every vote really counts in the Assembly and the Mayor's race is pretty tight so you really have the opportunity to tip the balance with that one too. Basically who don't you want to be running London - Labour or The Conservatives? It's pretty much certain they are the choices we have so we have to figure out which is the lesser evil and go with them on the second vote we have, whilst voting with our heart for the first vote and Assembly votes.

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spangle_kitten
May. 1st, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
I have to say that regardless of what people think of Ken as a person he's done more good things than bad for London and that is what is important.

I thought the congestion charge was a fantastic idea. It now only takes 1 hour to get anywhere in London rather than 2-3! Pre-congestion charge it could take up to 2 hours to get from Kings Cross to Hackney, and often if my boyfriend would go with me to Kings Cross I would be back home in Bedford before he'd got across London.

And your snot isn't quite as black either!

The area Ken's lost me is over the Olympics, which is costing far too much money.
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angusabranson
May. 1st, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hear hear.

The Olympics is a total waste of money which could be used to desperately help in so many ways.
lareinemisere
May. 1st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I thought so too, but I was interested in Ken's argument on Question Time Last week - he didn't support the Olympics for 'a couple of weeks of sport' but because it was the only way to get money out of central government to regenerate East London, including housing and transport infrastructure.
nesf
May. 1st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I have to say that regardless of what people think of Ken as a person he's done more good things than bad for London and that is what is important.

As very much an outside who's not in touch with London Politics or problems, the one thing you can't say about the man is that he does nothing. Which, is something good about a politician. Most of the feckers are too worried about upsetting people to actually do anything substantive.
cthulahoops
May. 1st, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
I really dread to think what will happen if Boris gets in. There's a lot of important work going into improving London - and I can see a lot of it being replaced with ill-thought-out ideas until he gets bored and decides to go run for a different public office instead.
corpsie
May. 1st, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'm getting really sick and tired about everyone talking about voting against someone.

Your vote is FOR someone. If there is nobody worth voting for then spoil your ballot. If somebody gave you the choice of being stamped on the foot or being punched in the gut, you would tell them to go away.

Don't vote for the lesser of two evils. Vote FOR someone, show people that their policies matter- then you might get someone listening and a big change happen elsewhere.

As long as people treat elections as a two horse race, we will be left with pathetic 'choices' because they don't need to better themselves.
angusabranson
May. 1st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
If it's any consilation I voted for the candidate/party I'd prefer to see in power (who have no chance) as my first choice and then my lesser of two evils as the second choice.

There was no way I could bring myself to vote for them as my first choice anyway.
corpsie
May. 1st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
So many people say that the party they prefer has no chance- enough people to make me think that they could be wrong people started voting with their hearts.

I'm still not sure if I'm voting or spoiling. I was given a leaflet by the Hopenothate party and it basically says - vote for us, we're not the BNP. They're not getting my vote.
hybridartifacts
May. 6th, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
It's sad that the Lib Dems have let themselves slip into a sort of malaise but I guess not all that surprising. It's almost impossible being the third party, something that as a long time Lib Dem voter has always been a pain. A part of me is just waiting to see if the unions pull out of supporting Labour (I know it will probably never happen, but seriously, they are not helping themselves with being tied to nu-lab)...and then watch Labours funding dwindle to almost nothing and the party collapse. Maybe then we could have two party politics with the Tories and the Lib Dems... lol. I can but dream.

I guess we just have to wait and see if Boris makes a mess of London or surprises everyone.
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