I’m also not a fan of the first past the post electoral system. Proportional representation isn’t perfect either of course, especially with regards to local MPs, but it is a far more democratic system than FPTP, and each vote is considerably more important/significant. In fact if PR
was in place, many more people would turn out at the polls because they knew their votes wouldn’t be wasted. Of course one downside of PR
is that parties like the BNP would probably fare better.
Out of the 3 main parties the Lib Dems are my favourite by a country mile. I do like Nick Clegg. Unfortunately the FPTP system continues to fuck them over, and unsurprisingly they are the only major party that want a PR
system. I wish they would get their chance in government, and they surely couldn’t fare any worse than Labour and the Tories have done over the past century.
Labour have ruined the NHS (and as a medical student who will soon qualify that is something I feel very strongly about) and committed illegal war crimes. The Tories are rotten to the core and supported Labour with the war in Iraq, plus I simply don’t trust them with civil liberties. I can’t stress just how much I loathe David Cameron.
Unfortunately I fully expect the Tories to win the most seats on May 6th. It’s whether they will win enough for an overall majority that is the hot topic. I sort of want a hung parliament as despite causing more chaos/confusion, it would act as a powerful message to overly complacent main 2 parties that things cannot go on as they are.
I’m registered to vote in both my home constituency Blackburn, and my university address Bethnal Green & Bow. Of course I can only vote in one and I’ll be doing so in my uni constituency. Blackburn is one Labour’s safest seats in the country and Jack Straw who has been our MP since 1979 will stroll to another easy victory. In-spite of his flaws as a home, foreign and justice secretary over the years, he is an excellent local MP. Many people in Blackburn including me suffer the familiar plight of liking their local MP, but hating the party that they are a member of. In 2005 George Galloway and his Respect Unity-Coalition party stunned Labour to get voted into office in Bethnal Green & Bow. Their only policy/tactic was to capitalise on the ill-feeling of sizeable Muslim community towards Labour and the war in Iraq . The fat prick has spent more time over the past 5 years trying to further his media career than serving what is the poorest constituency in the country. Labour will easily win this time around, as the Lib Dems and the Tories are non-entities here.
I wish there was a ‘none of the above’ option on the ballot slips. That would easily get the most votes.