Why I’m probably voting (almost) against my beliefs

So, the UK election is around the corner, and all the parties are clamouring for our votes.  It’s extremely important to use your vote wisely, and vote for what you believe in.  Trouble is, without thinking clearly about the “bigger picture”, your (my) own personal wants and needs, might not necessarily be best for the nation as a whole.

Here’s the thing.  I’m a firm supporter of sustainability issues, and would probably vote for the Green Party given half a chance (and a decent local candidate).  However, I’m concerned that by voting for one of the minority parties which have no chance of actually getting into power on a national scale (at least in the short term), that I’m weakening the position of the major parties and subsequently opening the door to right-wing (lets face it, down right fascist) parties like UKIP.

So, should I stick to one of the major’s for this election?  If someone like UKIP manage to get into any semblance of power, I’ll no longer want to be associated with this country.  I’ll emigrate!

Perhaps for the short term, a strategic vote might keep the extremists at bay.  Maybe.

EDIT: Read what each manifesto says regarding Climate Change and Energy:
http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/04/election-2015-what-the-manifestos-say-on-climate-and-energy/

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2 thoughts on “Why I’m probably voting (almost) against my beliefs”

  1. Thinking the same thoughts here regarding the US election. I’ve decided that by changing my party affiliation (also to Green Party) that my vote will go towards representation rather than specific issues. I figure, the current party system doesn’t represent me anyway.

  2. In the U.S., voting for an indie party is as good as voting Republican (no, please); you’ve thrown away your vote. Voting Democrat at least stems the tide of crazy Republican Tea Party facists. There’s no way to vote for someone. You have to vote against someone.

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