Living in London, as I do, we only have the European elections today while parts of the rest of the country contend with local elections as well. I have never missed casting a vote in any election for which I have been eligible to vote and I don’t intend to today. If I’d been a little more organised, I’d have registered a postal vote as the polling station is a little bit awkward to get to but nothing I can’t live with.
The European elections are often seen as a good route to protest and yes, I’ve voted for the Green Party before in a desperate attempt to find an A.N.Other option.
Truth is, the disillusionment with politics has cut deep over the past few months. It was probably fairly impressive anyway, but with the details of MPs claiming expenses for memorial wreaths at Remembrance Day events (which personally, I find more despicable than claiming for a duck island) and for ‘servants’ quarters’ there is a lack of faith in the political class.
There is a generalised fear that the far right BNP will garner some of the votes of those who are disillusioned and really, that is my key motivator to vote – possibly because the system of voting by lists and parties is somewhat different for these elections.
So I’ll go to vote not least because there is more likelihood that the turnout will be low and therefore the votes cast will have more ‘strength’ and to register an opposite view to those based on the hard and dangerous right.
Like the rest of the country, I’m expecting a massive ‘no confidence’ vote in the government and possibly in all of the main stream political parties.
As for my own first choice vote, I’m still undecided. I’m a generally a liberal minded pro-European. I can never vote Conservative and have no inclination whatsoever to vote Labour. It usually deposits me at the door of the Liberal Democrats – who tend to appeal to my warm and fuzzy ‘social justice’ nature and probably will again today although I may be tempted by the Green Party again.