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to ask how you would vote if there was a General Election tomorrow?

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coco87 Tue 10-Sep-13 14:28:44

Ok, now I don't like any of the parties at the moment and they seem to be very similar (red Tories/blue Labour etc).

However, if there was a GE tomorrow I would vote Lib Dems because my local MP is Lib Dem and is really good, listens to voters and has done a lot of good work for the area. I don't rate them at a national level and don't agree with most of their policies but locally my MP (who just happens to be Lib Dem) is definitely the best choice.

Who would you vote for if there was a GE tomorrow?

TeddyBare Fri 13-Sep-13 09:37:42

Green or Labour. I agree with the Green policies more but I'm concerned the Conservatives might get back in then and I'd still rather have Labour than Conservatives.

Kamchatka Fri 13-Sep-13 09:33:19

I think there are a lot of people who will weep at the loss of the NHS when they are old enough to need it on a regular basis. I'm 41 and well aware that I'm in the generation which is seeing our retired parents live well and has not totally woken up to the fact that without thinking hard about organising finances for the future (which my parents did not need to do), there is every chance we will live out our years in poverty.

It's utter madness to let socialised healthcare go, if nothing else we should be thinking selfishly about this!
(So I will vote Labour, with a heavy heart.)

grovel Fri 13-Sep-13 09:31:33

Conservative.

Retropear Fri 13-Sep-13 09:31:08

Yes mango very happy as only a few children having an unfair disadvantage would be worth it in the long run.

MangoTiramisu Fri 13-Sep-13 09:27:55

Take away the charity status of private schools and tax the Blx off them

Great, then the 250 kids in my independent school (we are there because we can't get into a good local school in our area) can come join your school and make our classrooms 40 kids instead of 30.

Happy now?

Brittabot Thu 12-Sep-13 15:30:51

Labour.

The Conservatives are destroying our NHS and welfare system under the auspices of this national austerity budget, while silmultaneously decreasing tax for the very wealthy. It's insane!

CaptainUndercrackers Thu 12-Sep-13 15:04:42

Ex-ex labour voter, switched to lib dems at last election, now feel like they're all a bunch of wasters. Probably would vote green. I'd really like the opportunity to vote for senior central government civil servants though. Have recently done a lot of work with various govt departments and have been shocked at how similar it all seems to 'yes, minister' episodes. They are the real ones running the show.

GrrArgh Thu 12-Sep-13 14:59:14

Yes if ever we needed the protest vote, this is the time. I doubt Labour want to get in, though. Imagine restructuring the welfare state after this shower had thirteen years to plan its dismantling. angry

loopyloou Thu 12-Sep-13 14:54:14

Yes, I'd be tempted to spoil my ballot paper too, but would be too worried the Tories would stay in power then angry

MiaowTheCat Thu 12-Sep-13 14:05:42

I'd be spoiling my ballot paper - about the only way you can register the "you're all twats" option and not just be deemed to be staying at home via apathy or ignorance.

Labour - introduced the idea of cover supervisors and allowed teaching to be basically be relegated to "stop them killing each other - here's the worksheets" and I bear a heavy grudge for them starting that whole debacle off so I won't vote for 'em. Miliband is slimy. I think they've managed to get away with a load of shit that people seem to have forgotten they originally started off with and the Tories just picked up and ran with after them.
Conservative - local MP is an utter headline grabbing bitch gleefully watching us be shafted by HS2 - won't vote for 'em. Also Gove is slimy and Cameron is slimy (but Gove wins in the lubrication stakes by far).
Lib Dems - Clegg = slimy and turning into more and more of a Cameron clone as the months go by and they've lost their way spectacularly (plus the local ones are basically a shower of shit and spend more time campaigning to change the name of a proposed new pub than doing anything productive)

So yep - very marginal seat - either I do my usual tactic of voting whichever current one is in out (since none of them I agree with or have any affinity for whatsoever these days)... or I make a point of going and doing a protest vote. For the first time in my life (and I've got a degree in Politics and I'm from a family of journalists and local politicians so not exactly naive where current affairs are concerned) - I really am at the "you're all as bad as each other and need your heads banging together" level of apathy.

GrrArgh Thu 12-Sep-13 13:49:33

Quite surprised at how many yes votes the Lib Dems are getting.
They have proved themselves to be duplicitous milksops.

I will never vote Conservative. So it'll have to be Labour. I don't want to, but I feel a non-vote or a spoiled paper would increase by 1 vote the chances of a Tory government or another coalition, and I can't be part of that even by omission.

PresidentServalan Thu 12-Sep-13 13:46:12

Conservative - they are trying to sort out the shite that Labour left behind and are trying to reformthe benefits system.

MiniTheMinx Thu 12-Sep-13 10:21:01

ihategeorgeosborne yes I agree, BTL landlords need to be taxed so heavily that it becomes almost impossible. A house should have a use value first and foremost and not be seen as either investment or means to take on more credit.

Beepoff Its amazing that governments use the UN to lobby for the human rights of Syrians as a way of gaining the consensus so we can bomb the crap out of somewhere. But the same UN is derided when its the UK government in breach of human rights. Double standard much?

Bramshott Thu 12-Sep-13 10:16:21

Lib Dem

But with a heavier heart than last time.

Not that it makes much difference round here (dyed in the wool Tory heartland)...

IceBeing Thu 12-Sep-13 10:15:14

Lots of people on here have noone left to vote for...

Time for the MN party I think...

Dawndonnaagain Thu 12-Sep-13 10:12:59

Because dreaming that's not the way it's working. If you only require one bedroom, but cannot find one bedroomed accommodation, then you are expected to pay the bedroom tax. If you are disabled and your dialysis equipment is stored in another room, you are expected to pay, despite what Cameron et al promised, the disabled are expected to pay. If you need an extra room for a carer, you are expected to pay.
facts and figures within article
(Not Mail article).

dreamingofsun Thu 12-Sep-13 10:02:21

beepoff - i really don't see why its inhumane to provide people with the number of bedrooms they require.

beepoff Thu 12-Sep-13 09:01:35

But beepoff (and I'm not suggesting you're wrong, btw), spending as it was under Labour could not possibly continue. It couldn't. You cannot continue spending money you don't have! Whilst I'm not saying I agree with all their policies, whoever got in power this time round, was going to have to make deeply unpopular cuts.

Perhaps Ziggy but when the UN describes the bedroom tax as "inhumane" you know it's gone too far!

beepoff Thu 12-Sep-13 08:55:40

Anyone who says the Tories are only "cleaning up the mess the last lot left us in" could do with a few lessons in politics, history and economics.

You'll have no.10's spin doctors, speech writers and PR people high fiving with glee.

Trills Wed 11-Sep-13 22:21:56

LibDem for the same reasons you list in your OP

Capitola Wed 11-Sep-13 22:17:08

Conservative - after the mess Labour made of this country.

Hugglepuff Wed 11-Sep-13 22:13:48

Can't vote Labour anymore - they took us into Iraq .
Can't vote Lib Dem anymore - they took us into coalition government.
Can't bring myself to vote Conservative.
Green it is then

ihategeorgeosborne Wed 11-Sep-13 22:09:48

We definitely need more social housing and rent caps mini. I also think multiple property owners should be taxed heavily. This would discourage houses being used as "investments". Perhaps more people could then afford to buy their own and they could become "homes" again. Property greed has sapped the life out of this country.

MiniTheMinx Wed 11-Sep-13 21:57:47

The tax bandings would need to be reassessed, sure. We need more social housing and rent caps.

ihategeorgeosborne Wed 11-Sep-13 21:42:06

Mini, You do realise that a higher rate tax payer earns just over 40k a year? After tax, that equates to less than 30k a year. That is only 4k more than the benefit cap. Why should they pay to send their kids to school in addition to the tax they already pay? I would be much happier to work less hard and earn less money, but house prices would have to fall considerably to enable us to do that, which would be no bad thing.

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