If you are silly, you vote for the same party as your parents vote for, and their parents before them. If you are not thinking straight, you vote for one major party to stop the major party you hate from getting in.
There is another way… read on!
We live, at the moment with a two party system, both of which have fucked us up completely and permanently. Excuse my French, I really did try and think of a better adjective but there wasn’t one!
We have to start getting past the “immediate fix” and work for the longer term. We have to think about voting for the smaller parties as, if enough of us do, they will begin to get MPs elected. Once they are then seen as capable of getting MPs elected two things could happen. First of all, people might be more willing to fund them. Secondly, the very fact that a smaller party gets one or two MPs would put the fear of the wrath of God into the larger mainstream parties.
If two or more smaller parties get two or more MPs each, you would then see a remarkable change of attitude within the main parties as the one thing they have always worried about starts to happen. Take a look at the website Votes4u for further details of such a plan.
People often say that Independents are the only way we can save our country. I disagree. Yes, it is good to have independents in Parliament. But they will not be able to run the government. You need to have continuity between elections. Anarchy would reign with a government of independents. And, anyway, if we had enough independents to run a government they would probably turn themselves into a party first. That is supposing they were all Conservatives, or all Socialists – so what would have been achieved?
The best answer we can hope for is to have several small parties, each with a dozen or two MPs so that the larger parties would have to horse-trade between them to build a majority. This would be better than proportional representation and, if a major party goes ahead and breaks their promises then a breakup would ensure “the other side” getting in. This would help focus their minds!
Proportional Representation often results in a smaller party having more power than the public wish to empower them with.
Whatever we do, the majority have to stop voting for the top three parties if they want to make any sort of difference.