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how can i vote in the next election

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petunia Mon 14-Jan-19 13:44:08

Genuine question. I am so sick of the endless posturing and grandstanding of politicians of all colours, over Brexit. My trust, such as I was, in politicians has sunk to an all time low. My own MP has behaved disgracefully over the whole Brexit issue. I don’t feel that I can support that person any longer. I did write and make my views known. The response was dismissive and patronising. But I cannot bring myself to vote for the other side.
So what are my options here? Do I not vote at all? Or is spoiling my vote a better option.

Anniebach Mon 14-Jan-19 13:49:18

I will not vote in the next election unless there is a miracle and the far left in the Labour Party plus momentum lose their grip on the party

Luckygirl Mon 14-Jan-19 13:52:45

I will vote tactically as appropriate to the situation in my constituency. The aim will be to topple the incumbent Tory.

MacCavity2 Mon 14-Jan-19 13:53:17

Totally agree petunia, the only thing that gets me out the door to vote is remembering the amazing women who died so that I can vote. As and when we are asked to vote I’ll talk to as many young people as possible for their opinions as it’s their future we need to be aware of.

holdingontometeeth Mon 14-Jan-19 14:42:12

60 years ago my mother described all politicians as liars.
Nothing has happened since that would make me think otherwise.
She used to vote for the first party to pick her up from home, drive her to the polling station and deliver her home after voting.
I suppose that would be considered a dodgy practice nowadays.
At least Brexit has replaced EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION as promised all those years ago by the slippery Bliar.

lilypollen Mon 14-Jan-19 14:47:35

At least you got a response petunia. Mine (or his minions) obviously didn't like my comments and suggestion that he wouldn't get my vote next time. We're in a marginal so should be interesting. Like you I can't vote for the opposition though so will probably be some independent.

Ilovecheese Mon 14-Jan-19 15:07:20

I think that when you are deciding who to vote for you should always consider whether you want the NHS to remain the NHS or you want it to be privatised.

To my mind the NHS is the greatest achievement of this country and it would not have happened under any other government than Labour.

GrandmaKT Mon 14-Jan-19 15:10:41

It's a shame that the Lib Dems have lost so much power and aren't seen as a viable alternative. At least they have come out in support of a People's Vote, unlike Labour, sitting on the fence! I was very impressed by Jo Swinson, their deputy leader, on Question Time last week.

varian Mon 14-Jan-19 15:13:55

I will vote Liberal Democrat and continue to campaign for electoral reform.

Nonnie Mon 14-Jan-19 15:59:04

We will still have the NHS whichever party wins so I wouldn't take that into consideration at all.

I wrote to my MP and so did DH, about 10 days apart. We both got the stock response so I doubt he even saw our emails!

It would be the first time I have gone into the polling station and written 'I ABSTAIN' right across my ballot paper and I will probably do it again this time because I am fed up with the lot of them. I will go though, I think we have a duty to vote and to give it due consideration before we do. Unfortunately I think the reasons many vote as they do are insufficient. I don't think voting because you think you belong to a certain class or because its the way you have always voted it good enough. I think we should read and listen and try to make a considered decision. When I listen to the people interviewed on the news I often despair at what I hear.

callgirl1 Mon 14-Jan-19 16:16:22

I haven`t voted for a good few years now. Everyone says I should vote, as if I don`t then I can`t grumble. But how can I vote when I don`t believe in any of them?
HOTMT, my grandma used to do that, when they came canvassing at her door, she`d say that she`d vote for whoever picked her up and took her by car to the polling station. They all fell over themselves to do the honours, but she still voted for the same party every time!

notanan2 Mon 14-Jan-19 16:22:48

I will vote tactically to keep labour out (have previously voted labour but will do all I can to keep this incarnation out)

janeainsworth Mon 14-Jan-19 16:35:56

Last time I went to the hustings to see what the different candidates were like.
The Labour candidate didn’t even offer an excuse for his absence. The UKIP man was a joke.
It was actually a close call between the incumbent Tory, the very impressive Green candidate, and the LibDem.

I shall see how things go. What I would like to see is a working coalition between the moderates of both main parties, with any Libdems or Greens with brains and integrity being invited in.

I’ll vote whichever way seems most likely to bring this about.

Parsley3 Mon 14-Jan-19 16:56:57

I usually vote tactically for the party that I think will do the best job for whatever situation the country is faced with at that time. I have no strong allegiance to any party. Should there be another GE in the near future, I will be voting for one of the smaller parties as I am completely scunnered by the infighting of the Conservatives which has resulted in the present Brexit shambles. I haven’t been able to vote for Labour since the Blair years moved it too far right for my taste and the present Corbyn/McDonnell combo does nothing to appeal to my inate socialism.
So it will be SNP, Greens or the LibDems for me.

Izabella Mon 14-Jan-19 17:30:26

Interesting thread and my thoughts entirely. I have no idea what to do. I feel a green vote is a waster vote and nothing to choose between the others. I feel disenfranchised by the fact we have a shower of 💩 to choose from. I realise others will disagree, but that is how I truly feel at the moment.

Izabella Mon 14-Jan-19 17:31:39


Mycatisahacker Mon 14-Jan-19 17:40:27

It’s very depressing.

No sensible labour voter would vote for Corbyn who remembers the deadfall 70s. He’s also a nasty anti Semite and never run so much as a Union. Utterly dreadful and pathetic idiot of a man.

Tories vile.

Lib Dem’s can’t possibly expect any sane woman to vote for them over their mysogynistic insanity on self ID.

Greens I mean seriously??? Not one sensible costed affordable policy.


Mycatisahacker Mon 14-Jan-19 17:43:23

A cooelition of Lib Dem’s and greens would be a lovely cozy meeting of woolly minds and ideas and absolutely nothing would be achieved.

Still couldn’t be actually worse than the present lot.

Jane10 Mon 14-Jan-19 17:53:03

I wrote to my Lib Dem MP and got a very patronising dismissive response. I won't vote for her again. Or for SNP, Labour, Tories.... So who?!
I will turn up though in recognition of those suffragettes. Maybe we'll have an independent person with principles standing. I hope so.

janeainsworth Mon 14-Jan-19 17:58:49

Mycat Lib Dem’s can’t possibly expect any sane woman to vote for them over their mysogynistic insanity on self ID
What is the LibDem policy on self-ID? Genuine question.

Greens I mean seriously??? Not one sensible costed affordable policy
At the meeting I went to, the Green candidate was the only one who talked about sustainable policies and how these could produce economic growth to 2050.
They may not have any policies that apeal to you, but they seem to be the only party thinking about the long-term future of this country, rather than what will win them the next election.

M0nica Mon 14-Jan-19 18:10:54

I was attracted to the Greens until I read their manifesto, the nitty gritty figures of their economic policy was frightening. They wanted to return to the monetarism that Mrs Thatcher espouse, although, that is not quite how they worded it. years. Look back to very early in the GN archives and you will find the thread.

I have been a member of the Libs/LibDems since 1962, but whether I could bring myself to vote for them given the succession of disastrous leaders they have had since the last election and the current leader, Vince Cable, would be prepared to deal with Labour, which I could never vote for.

notanan2 Mon 14-Jan-19 18:21:03

I cant vote green they chose not to represent me when they advised some of their canvassers to refer to people as either men or non men cause "women" can be offensive hmm

Also they did some cack money wasting craziness in Brighton

Mycatisahacker Mon 14-Jan-19 19:35:25


The greens manifesto figures don’t bear any scrutiny. They will build everyone an affordable home?

Self ID if liberal party policy so any man can self Id as a woman without any surgery/hormone/medical intervention and then be considered as a woman. Be able to access a female birth certificate and still in possession of a cock admittance to female prisons, refuges, etc. Also please see their non man policy so eradicating the term woman

notanan2 Mon 14-Jan-19 19:42:08

Just to emphasise the impact of the above, if everyone can self ID and being a woman is "a feeling" then it renders "sex" no longer a protected characteristic and discrimination against women based on them being biological women no longer exists on paper.

Just let that sink in
All the developments that have over time worked to protect women from being discriminated on based in their sex become moot.

Mycatisahacker Mon 14-Jan-19 20:26:43


Spot on and very very frightening.

Unfortunately the radical element of the trans community sees their rights as above and beyond womens.

And some politicians especially the Lib Dem’s support them.

Women don’t realise the peril we are facing as it’s been done very quietly.