For those of you reading this from benighted foreign parts, the UK is currently going to hell in a handbasket. The main cause is Mr Tony B. Liar, Our Beloved Leader and Poodle of George W. Bush. While he rebuilt the Labour Party into something that could win elections, he also destroyed its soul. And over the most recent few years, with the invasion of Iraq, the death of David Kelly, university top-up fees, etc, he's just got further and further away from the Labour Party's original Socialist manifesto.
Now, it doesn't always matter when the party in power lurches to the right-wing, but the current main opposition party, the Conservatives, already were right-wing. To stay on top of things, they've had to get even more right-wing. Their crime adverts are most probably stretching the truth rather. Also, they are fighting a battle with the UK Independence Party, a.k.a. the Get Out Of Europe Now party, a.k.a the We're Not Racist Honest party, so the Tories' immigration policy is getting scary. All in all, parts of the Conservative Party's advertising is so utterly offensive they've spawned a whole parody campaign. Lovely.
I have been a woolly Liberal for some time (just a quick look at the 3 main parties' views on the Top 5 issues at the moment will tell you why). One of the benefits of having kept a livejournal for a long time is that I don't have to rely on my own biased memory to remember how I felt about things that happened in the past, I can just delve back into my lj. This is what I wrote about the election in 2001:
Politics from a queer perspective.
Political joke of the day, and some stuff about why I left the Conservative party.
Last election night - posted as it happened.
It transpires that my vote for Jenny Tonge was absolutely the correct thing to do: check out her voting record. Nice (no sarcasm!). However, she's not standing this time. Instead, we have as our candidate Susan Kramer, who is by all accounts a thoroughly decent human being. This is the official list of candidates in our constituency.
The LibDems probably don't stand a chance of getting into power, although my God, I hope this is true. But Strategic Voting is going to be very important. Have a read of the Strategic Voter 2005 FAQs, and especially the bits about a hung Parliament. (Why we want a hung Parliament: Richard Dawkins, Simon Jenkins, Mo Mowlam).
OK, that is my one and only serious post out of the way. I just hope I don't wake up miserable on May 6th...
Politics, racism, and why you should vote today, written on June 10th. As a related note, I've encountered the individual mentioned in that article again recently. I was unfortunate enough to be sitting at the bus stop with him, while he shouted "RUN, YOU CUNT!" to anyone of a visible ethnic minority, scaring the willies out of some of them. He kept assuring me that I was ok. Well, it was February, so I passed for white. I felt like saying to him that he needed to call me a cunt as well.
Elections Past, from The Guardian. a.k.a. the newspaper who have considerably lost credibility in my book, by suggesting you should vote for Tony B. Liar "with reservations about Iraq, civil liberties, school league tables, tuition fees, ID cards, fear-based politics...". So that'd be vote Labour while objecting to all of Labour's policies, then? Alternatively, here's the results from 2001.