Un-official election poll. Who are you voting for?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by 2nd man down, Apr 7, 2010.


Which way will you vote in the upcoming General Election?

  1. Labour

    26 vote(s)
  2. Conservative

    38 vote(s)
  3. Liberal

    50 vote(s)
  4. Green

    2 vote(s)
  5. SNP

    3 vote(s)
  6. Plaid Cymru

    2 vote(s)
  7. BNP

    6 vote(s)
  8. Other

    5 vote(s)
  9. UKIP

    8 vote(s)
  1. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Just to get a bit of a Brass Band view of how the election would go if it was just the Brass Band world voting. Which way do you lean?

    Debate if you like, feel free to post who if you ticked "other". Sorry if your party isn't named, I just put the more obvious ones that sprung to mind in the 3 minutes I had!

    Just realised I forgot the obvious "I won't be voting for anyone" tick box. Feel free to put that in "Other".
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  2. StellaJohnson

    StellaJohnson Active Member

    I have voted for other, I'm not voting.

    A I won't be there to vote
    B Macclesfield is probably the most safe tory seat going
    C They are all as bad as each other and I don't trust any party
  3. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Only 4 votes cast, already 1 for the BNP. That worries me!
  4. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    Ukip ?
  5. liteman

    liteman New Member

    .............And to think people have died and are dying daily to achieve that which is dismissed so easily !
  6. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    I agree mate, very worrying indeed!
  7. James Yelland

    James Yelland Active Member

    Yes. Why have you omitted the fourth largest (by membership) political party from your survey? I know you describe it as 'unofficial' - but all polls of this nature are unofficial, apart from the one on May 6th.
  8. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    I'd have voted Lib Dem anyway, but considering how clearly better Vince Cable was than the other two prospective chancellors in their debate, I'm hoping for quite a good result.
  9. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    a) Postal vote?
    b) That won't change unless you vote
    c) So we'll just get a dictator in then?

    Democracy is a privilege, not a right.

    Rant over.
  10. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Like I said, I was just putting down the ones I could think of in the three minutes I had at the time. I'll see if I can add a field for UKIP.
  11. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    Well given our currently un-elected prime minister we're worryingly close to that last option ;)

    Seriously, anyone who doesn't vote looses the right to moan about higher taxes / health service cuts / immigration / pot holes in the road / the price of a pint and just about everything else IMO. You have a chance to change things if you don't like them - use it. And saying they're all as bad as each other doesn't wash either. If you think you can do a better job yourself get someone to stump up the deposit and stand against them. You may be surprised at the results.

  12. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    I believe Stella is exercising her democratic right not to vote...As am i.
  13. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member

    Theoretically, what would happen if everyone in the country spoiled their ballot paper?

    Does time stop?

    And yes I am slow, but why does Gordon Brown have the power of Prime Minister if he hasn't been voted in democratically?
  14. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    Everyone has the democratic right not to vote, but what that does is give you no right at all to complain when things aren't done how you like it, you had your chance and chose to stay quiet.

    Incidentally after 26 votes the scores on the doors are looking very interesting indeed. In a predominantly traditionally left wing movement we have the conservatives in the lead, Labour in 3rd and 2 votes for the ultra right wing BNP!
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  15. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

  16. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Assuming that one of the alternatives on show is acceptable. At a recent local election the only candidates I could vote for were the sitting Labour politician, or a candidate from the BNP. Since there was no way I'd not vote and risk the nutters of the BNP getting even a toehold on power, I'm left voting for a party I've got no time for. Also, given that you only get a "say" once every 5 years, what recourse do you have when the party you voted for breaks, or ignores, manifesto commitments once they're in power?

    I really don't know. I've got no interest in voting for five more years of the same corruption, lies and venality, whichever party takes power. The inbuilt evasiveness, inability to tell the truth and sheer self-interest of the vast majority of career politicians is pretty sickening, frankly.

    Also it's all very well to say
    , but as even the major parties are finding, getting someone to stump up the money is far from being that simple.

    Assuming that there's someone worth a vote on the ballot paper, I'll probably turn up and put my cross on the paper, but what's really needed is an entirely new system designed from the ground up to address the near total failure of the current "democracy" that we think we have.
  17. WoodenFlugel

    WoodenFlugel Moderator Staff Member

    To an extent I agree with you, but if everyone takes the 'I can't be bothered with this' attitude (which I appreciate isn't what you are saying) we will never get reform of any description.

    I live in a very safe Tory seat - and although I haven't quite decided who I'm going to vote for yet, I would never, ever assume my vote doesn't count - whichever party it goes to. It matters. Its a simple as that.

    Maybe this all stems from living with my parents in the Leicester South constituency which for a period in the 80's and early 90's was the most marginal seat in the country. One election it was won - eventually after several re-counts - by a matter of a couple of votes.
  18. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I think our present system is very flawed, and it was quite disturbing to read this morning of the number of "safe" seats that are really a foregone conclusion. I have long been an advocate of some form of proportional representation, so that those of us who do not support one of the two main parties are able to exert the influence that their numbers should merit. Under the present system the third (and lesser) parties are always going to be squeezed out.
  19. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Why do people keep banging on about this. We live in a parliamenary democracy and not a Presidential one. We vote in a party to govern, we do not vote for individuals. Theoretically the largest party in parliament could appoint anyone as PM; they do not even have to be an elected MP.

    Incidentally the Conservatives pulled the same trick when dear old Maggie was ousted and John Major took over as party leader and PM.
  20. Red Elvis

    Red Elvis Active Member

    Predictable far-left rant coming from me !

    Thatcher smashed the miners , the steelworkers and other traditional bases of our movement. I've been in the NHS since 1993 , and , far from ideal as things are at present I still remember my first four years nursing under a Tory government that could barely disguise their contempt for the public sector and a health service free at the point of delivery for all.

    Call me Dave is an old Etonian and , whilst at Oxbridge a member of the exclusive ( and right-wing ) Bullingdon club. Pictures of which he has bought the copyright to in order to prevent further publication. His shadow chancellor is another chinless wonder.

    For all their talk , the Tories have not changed. They are the enemy of the working class and always will be. New Labour are not much better but are essentially a reformist party and have lost all connection ( if they ever had any ) with a marxist / socialist analysis and solution.

    We have seen trade unions with a mandate from their membership defeated by the ruling class in the courts when it comes to strike action ( BA , RMT ) yet the bankers that nearly bought us to the brink and the bent MPs escape any sanction. Funny that !

    You can't reform the system , only smash it. The only advantage of a Tory victory will hopefully be an increasingly radicalised working class / Trade Union movement not afraid of confronting the apparatus of state power again. Cameron does not have the balls of Thatcher ( much as it pains me , I'll give her that much ).

    Rise like Lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number -
    Shake your chains to earth like dew
    Which in sleep had fallen on you -
    Ye are many - they are few.

    No doubt certain reactionary elements of the forum will be along soon to pour scorn upon me !
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