UK 2010 Election

Who are you voting for in the 2010 general election? (major parties listed only)

  • Conservative

    Votes: 33 38.8%
  • Labour

    Votes: 12 14.1%
  • Liberal Democrat

    Votes: 40 47.1%

  • Total voters
    85
  • Poll closed .

Shaun.P

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I've never voted before in a general election, mainly because I believe politicians simply lie to get your vote, and I also believe that choosing the candidate you are going to vote for is a time consuming decision that requires too much research.

Despite my attitude, I have decided that I am going to vote in the May 6th generation election.

I am stuck between the three major parties: Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

I'm training to become a teacher so education is a priority for me.

Can anyone help me make a decision?

I've added a poll so you can vote who you're voting for. Feel free to talk about other aspects of the election.
 

Eraserhead

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Nov 3, 2005
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Labour have been in power too long, and the Conservatives aren't really much better. So its a pretty poor choice.

The Liberal Democrats look quite good and I'll either vote for them or the Greens probably.
 

Shaun.P

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The party I seem to want to vote for is labour, but on the other hand I want change, and I feel labour will just bring more of the same? I can't stand Alistair Darling!

Edit: So labour on the whole believes on more equal rights for homosexuals?
 

eMac4ever

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Nov 26, 2005
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Edit: So labour on the whole believes on more equal rights for homosexuals?
Yes, the LibDems are big supporters also. Although I would say they are not quite as enthusiastic as Labour. Likewise, Labour seems to be a bit more progressive on a number of social issues. For example, 42% of LibDem MPs voted to lower the abortion limit, while only 20% of Labour MPs voted to do so. For reference, 83% of Conservative MPs voted to do so.
 

CHAOS STEP

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Why on earth are people still wanting to vote for Labour?

Want more ridiculous wars, a mismanaged economy (Labour are truly the party of taxation and spending), the erosion of civil liberties and an aimless european (and world) policy.

Not saying you should be voting Tory (they're the same party after all), why not the Lib Dems? Never been a better time for it.

You guys are part of the problem. Terrible government for 12 years and you want to keep them running the show?

If we really want some change (I hate to use that word), use your vote for the Liberal Democrats!
 

Sydde

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Aug 17, 2009
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I suggest everyone support the most viable unaffiliated candidates who best suit their leanings ( and Scottish independence ;) ). Look at what the two- party system has done for your wayward step-child across the pond. :eek:
 

yg17

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Aug 1, 2004
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Knowing absolutely nothing about your parties, I'd vote for the Liberal Democrats since I like Liberal Democrats in the US. Of course, being the UK, your Democrats might be conservative and your Conservatives might be liberal, just like how you guys drive on the wrong side of the road :p
 

djellison

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'none of the above' - TICK.

Sorry - I've reach the point where I believe them all to be lying corrupt bastards and not one deserves a place in parliament. If I'm in the UK on election day ( and I have every intention of having emigrated before it ) - I will turn up - spoil my ballot and cast that.

Some may see it as a waste of time. I see it as the only 'right' answer given the choices on the ballot paper these days.
 

Shaun.P

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I thought the conservatives were proven to be popular for this election. The views on this thread do not seem to reflect that!

Apparently the lib dems have never won an election before. Does that make them too inexperienced to put the UK back on the right track?
 

0dev

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Dec 22, 2009
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If I could vote, I'd vote Pirate Party UK.

Though, realistically, I think the Tories will end up winning.

 

Eraserhead

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Nov 3, 2005
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Apparently you missed the part of my post that said vote Liberal Democrat, so I'm not sure what you're getting at.
I know you said that, but I think I misunderstood the overall tone of your post - I thought you were being more anti-Labour :eek:.
 

niuniu

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Between Conservative and Lib Dems right now. I'm not hugely concerned over the internal politics and taxing that goes on in the UK. I't won't really affect me personally, able people should be able to survive no matter what the climate is, life is peachy in the UK compared to other countries. Also, for the less able, the UK has strong welfare and are bound by over arching EU regs so whoever is in here isn't really going to bring disaster - especially this term as there be no strong majority by any party to push through anything controversial.

Too much scaremongering in politics, most people wouldn't know the difference in their lives with a change in government, yet they run around rhyming off rhetoric like one party is the devil.

I recently found out that Nick Clegg was an atheist - something I found to be personally appealing as he may be far more likely to resist religious lobbying. That might end up deciding my vote.

Labour had a nice mandate going to have an elected House of Lords, something that I remember talking about years ago at law school - I'm not sure what happened to that, but if I believed for one minute that Labour would actually push through and make that a priority at some point over the next term, then that might actually be the only way I could bring myself to vote for them again. I wanted them out in the last term after the Iraq war..

A Conservative vote right for me would be a safety vote to keep Labour out, and largely also to stick it to people that think that the Conservatives would bring the UK back to the 80s or some nonsense they picked up from the TV.
 

VoR

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Conservative, labour - they're exactly the same. An unsubtle mix of public speakers and media maestros.
Conservatives will do a better job, literally because they're new into power (and because it's pretty much impossible not to).
Simple as that.