Over the course of the campaign, I've been hovering between not voting, spoiling my ballot paper
, voting Labour and voting Liberal Democrat. But I think I've made up my mind, and here are four reasons to vote Lib Dem in Oxford West and Abingdon in tomorrow's General Election:
(i) it's the best available anti-Tory tactical vote
(ii) there's no Socialist Alliance
candidate standing in the constituency
(iii) Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris has an excellent record on queer rights
(iv) the Lib Dem manifesto is the most leftwing of the three major parties (sorry, Greens; sorry, Socialist Alliance), and the only one which calls for an end to the harassment of asylum seekers.
wrote [7.6.2001]:I am startled that you ever considered *not* voting Lib Dem. The purpose of casting votes at a General Election is surely to kick, or preferably keep, the Tories out. There is almost no other point in voting, given our present system.
Your constituency, Oxford West and Abingdon, is Lib Dem over Tory, with Labour far behind. Until we get a properly proportional voting system, your moral imperative must surely be to put the Nazi-kicking boot into Mr Hague (by proxy), albeit by voting for TV's Charles Kennedy.
For identical reasons, I have voted Labour in Eltham (Labour over Tory, with the Lib Dems far behind).
As a certain withered boot-faced old hag once said, "T.I.N.A."
BTW, we all know it *can't* be as good as last time, but I hope you still enjoy tonight's party! Our three bottles are on standby for: Clive Efford (Eltham Labour MP, should be re-elected easily); Michael Howard (there's a fair chance of kicking him out of Folkestone & Hythe); and, of course, the Overall Landslide Majority - a testament to British Democracy. Any surprise causes for celebration (e.g. Twigglet in Enfield) will of course preempt the Plan. That's what it's all about, no?
wrote [11.6.2001]:I was very disappointed to see your endorsement of the Liberal Democrats on the weblog. As an activist from Exeter, it is hard to imagine that the Lib Dems could be supported on the issue of gay rights (I was overjoyed that in Exeter we gained a county council seat from the Lib Dems last Thursday). And don't forget, when it came to the crunch in the last Parliament, the Lib Dems voted against the Windfall Tax on the excessive profits made by the privatised utilities. To be honest, I was hoping that the Tories would take seats back from the Lib Dems on Thursday, and hence was deeply disappointed with the results in Teignbridge and Torbay. The election of Lib Dem MPs (especially when aided by the tactical votes of Labour supporters) is truly terrible for local Labour Parties in those areas, as they are cast into complete irrelevance. What's more, I'm not sure that electing a Lib Dem MP has ever done anyone any good whatsoever.
I stand ready for correction.