Monday, May 02, 2005

Election Unspun

I don't know how much you've been involved with election fever and what's going on. I've just watched part of channel 4's 'election unspun' which I videoed last week (didn't watch it because I was doing my 'tv turnoff' week', but felt it was important program to watch so set the recorder). I'm glad I did, this was a revealing, if not scary discussion of the state of our political election. Click here for a write-up I found. I've decided none of the 3 parties deserve my vote, as none of them have any real ideology and are all playing consumer politics.

I'm hoping after Thursday, that this blog will take a different direction in terms of topics, but its important to get discuss this election.

4 comments:

ash said...

so are you voting?

andy goodliff said...

I don't think so. Simply because I'm not sure (because we recently moved) I'm on the electoral roll. If I was, I think I"d find it very hard to make that decision. How can you vote Lib Dem if have moved so close to the 'centre' that they've left they're ideology behind? I admit they appear to have better policies that the others, but the more I consider it, the more I think the 3 main political are simply unimaginative ...

andy goodliff said...

... and that they have not dealt seriously with any of the issues, because they are trying to "buy" the undecided voter's vote. what has 'make hosptials cleaner' got to do with the serious question of how we will finance the healthcare? it's a bland and uncontroversial statement, that says next to nothing.

ash said...

if you look into more depth at the manifesto for lib dems, they are actually pretty clear about how they will finance their policies. more so than the other two. all the parties have their tag lines to draw you in to reading their actual manifesto... which is usually considerably longer (lib dems was over 20 pages i think). I've found that while the two bigger parties are waffling on about immigration and all that rubbish scare-tactic stuff, the lib dems have actually come up with some interesting ideas.

I'm not convinced that they have moved closer to the centre. I think people percieve that because they have left and right policies. I personally think they're lefter than the other two parties. And, according to a survey, I am among the 5% most left wing people in britain.

If it were up to me, i'd vote for a decent socialist party, but we don't have one.

I would reccommend you vote if you can. even vote for one of the small parties. it's all pretty pointless us discussing politics if we don't bother to vote. that's when democrasy fails and falls at the feet of apathy. < /polemics>