I wanted to spoil my paper too. I had the choice of UKIP, Cons, LD and an independent who had made no effort to let anyone know anything about him. I know it's a safe area for the Conservatives but I still wanted a proper choice.
Labour won in my ward by 42 votes, we are surrounded by safe Tory wards. Really pleased, I delivered hundreds of leaflets and will look to be as active as I can in 2015 in getting our vote out, regardless of it not being a 'winnable' seat.
I voted - at least I had a Labour candidate to vote for this time. In previous years I've had to add a 'none of the above' box to my ballot paper and tick it, i.e. spoil my ballot, because I refuse to vote for the Tories or UKIP.
My council ward is in true blue toryland though, so it won't have made any difference. But I'll keep voting.
We didn't have any local elections so I couldn't this time. But we had our local council elections last year (or possibly the year before) and we went from a Lib Dem council back to Labour. We haven't had a Tory MP voted in since 1979 in these parts.
My son has just turned 18 and he said there just isn't anyone he wants to vote for, and he would have to vote tactically, ie in order to keep a particular party out. What I think he should do is vote for a small party that he mostly agrees with but knows won't get in, because that sends a message to the bigger parties that in order to win our support, they need to change their policies.
That's what has just happened with UKIP, of course (and I don't like them at all). But if more people voted Green, for example, that would send a very important message to the Labour party.