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To despair over who to vote for?

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ConfusedCod Fri 03-Feb-17 19:36:51

Conservatives - I'm disabled, constantly turned down for jobs, so am currently on benefits. That crosses these guys out.

Labour - Corbyn seemed alright(ish) at first but no one seems to know what they are doing, including themselves.

Ukip/Bfirst - More likely to scoop my own eyes out with a rusty spoon.

Green/Independant - Never have any of these run in my area.

Libdem - I was contemplating turning to these, but must admit have been put off trusting them too. They can't even run a website with no spelling errors (I'm not joking, I was attempting to read their section on tax/benefits but there were multiple and easily spotted spelling mistakes. Also a sentence that looked like it had been badly copy/pasted and made no sense.

I wonder if they'd hire me to sort that out for them, it's annoying 😂)

So in short there is not one party I can say I am confident in. That's slightly scary isn't it?

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Fri 03-Feb-17 19:49:54

I have a similar issue. I'm in Scotland- dislike the conservatives but do like Ruth Davidson. I think she is one of the better MP's out there.

Labour is a fractured mess.

SNP is full of people pleasers.

LibDem and Greens aren't well represented in my area.

So really, there's no good option for me.

ConfusedCod Fri 03-Feb-17 19:59:55

TrollTheRespawnJeremy I also quite like Ruth Davidson.

She'd probably tempt me to vote Tory even though as I said earlier, that's definitely not in my self interest grin

CockacidalManiac Fri 03-Feb-17 20:03:37

It'll be between Labour and Lib Dems; not exactly enthralled by the choice at the moment. Depends if and when Corbyn finally goes.

puppydogmummy Fri 03-Feb-17 20:05:18

Huh! Try living in Northern Ireland!

nocoolnamesleft Fri 03-Feb-17 20:06:59

As the Cons are systematically destroying the NHS, I'd sooner chop off my right foot than vote for them. Corbyn seems constitutionally incapable of mounting an effective opposition. UKIP - rusty spoon does, indeed, sound preferable. Green - nice people, totally unrealistic, if we're going to properly cut back carbon emissions, we're going to need some nuclear. I'm going with LibDem as least bad.

ImperialBlether Fri 03-Feb-17 20:07:18

I'm not voting for Corbyn. If he managed to get in he'd be bloody useless and Labour wouldn't get in again ever. I've never voted Conservative and won't start now, particularly after Brexit. There are only about 8 LibDem MPs and one Green. UKIP's obviously not even to be considered.

I'll probably vote LibDem. First time for everything.

BadKnee Fri 03-Feb-17 20:14:15

I agree. There is no single party that I feel confidence in at the moment or whose policies I agree with enough to want them in power.

I will vote on the local issues - a good MP who seems ethical, reasonable, cares about his or her constituency.

Bearing in mind this seems a common problem on MN it surprises me to still see threads attacking left/right voters as evil. We are mostly just doing our best.

I would prefer a change in the system so that we got a better representation of what people really believed in. Not sure how but more voting on issues, less party politics.

CockacidalManiac Fri 03-Feb-17 20:15:13

Even Corbyn's Praetorian Guard are starting to abandon him. I'm hoping it's not long now.

ConfusedCod Fri 03-Feb-17 20:27:13

puppydogmummy good point!

I've always voted and it's not always been easy decide tbh (I am a classic floating voter I guess)

But it just seems really hard this time around. I'm just praying that by the next election someone has done something to make me go 'Ah yes, you, I don't think you'll completely fuck this up, here's a vote.'

DJBaggySmalls Fri 03-Feb-17 20:30:07

I'm a socialist and so disappointed with the current Labour party. In the local election I live in a Labour safe seat, so thats straightforwards.
Labour have got to stop it with the Tory style spin and politics.

M0stlyBowlingHedgehog Fri 03-Feb-17 20:40:21

My constituency MP is a good Labour type (and though I am definitely not a Corbynite, I've actually joined the party in order to make sure that if there's an attempt to deselect him, I get a voice in voting to keep him). I wouldn't have seen myself doing this 10 years ago, but I'm beginning to think that if you feel your party of preference is being taken over and steered in a direction you don't like, the only option left is to get involved at a grass-roots level.

But I totally get the despair on the left at the current labour party. I mean, look at the situation immediately post referendum. The Tory party launches into a Game of Thrones style power struggle, leaving an open goal - and what do the Labour party decide to do? Rip themselves apart for the hell of it. My voting patterns are basically "least bad" at the moment.

I would urge anyone in Stoke on Trent to do whatever is necessary to keep Nuttall out (unless you agree with his comparison between women who've had abortions and Myra Hyndley, that is, in which case you deserve to rot in hell along with him).

CockacidalManiac Fri 03-Feb-17 20:59:53

I'm not sure what the PLP could have done for the best. They've tried deposing Corbyn for the good of the Party; that didn't work. They then decided to cease hostilities, and leave him to it. That's not working either.
The worry is that there's no reason why parties have to remain the force that they are; after all, the Liberals were often in government until the twenties. There's every reason to believe that Labour won't recover.

ConfusedCod Sat 04-Feb-17 18:06:03

It's just a wider sense (probably not helped by Trump) that the systems broken.

That it's money that decides who is 'ruling' us. And that it's been the case for so long that the idiots in power are now plentiful.

TreeTop7 Sat 04-Feb-17 18:41:57

Do you rate highly your current MP? A number of people are voting for the person rather than the party these days especially if they're dynamic on local issues (as mine is).

User543212345 Sat 04-Feb-17 19:26:20

I'm coming at this from the other perspective. I was always a small c conservative, europhile, libertarian and into the small state. I suppose economically conservative and socially liberal sums us up. There's nobody to represent our interests these days - the left has lurched left and the right has swung much farther right than I'd ever be comfortable with. There's nobody covering the centre anymore. The Libdems are still dead in a ditch after the coalition and the non-man thing turns me off the greens.

My local MP represents herself rather than her constituents - we resoundingly voted remain and she was on the boat with Farage on the Thames before the referendum and she spoke about how she would vote to invoke article 50 and how she believes Brexit is awesome. Twat.

As it is I think all I can do is spoil my ballot paper, at least that gets counted in the stats. It's a sorry state of affairs.

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