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Should I vote Tory?

Actually, that’s not a real question for this election, as I’ve moved into Simon Hughes’s (Lib Dem) constituency, and he’s a shoo-in. I also admire him. I’ll be voting for HIM, not for the Lib Dems.

But when I consider whether I could vote Tory I am conscious that I am not only considering the policies, good or bad, of the current crop. I am also aware of how it would “look”. Most of my friends are rabidly anti-Tory. Voting for they-who-once-were-led-by-Margaret-Thatcher is up there amongst the most heinous, unthinkable crimes. It’s socially unacceptable.

Obviously my world is only a narrow slice of nice, middle-class professionals, old enough to remember the last Tory administration. And nice and intelligent as they are, there is no way that they will ever believe that the Tories mean what they say when their policies are good ones, or not suspect a hidden agenda that is the reverse of well-meaning.

Like many, I draw a deal of my opinions from conversations I have with people I respect — more, in my case, as a politically unsavvy creature, than I do from careful reading of political manifestos. Given the broken promises and failures of the Labour Governments, and the horrific things they have done in my name, I’m not even sure reading manifesto promises would be a good use of my time.

It’s hard to believe that any of the options would do much better, or much different, from any of the others. So the decision to vote Tory would make me a social outcast, without, perhaps the benefits of taking an unpopular stand.

That is the problem Tories have to grapple with, at least among the people I hang out with.

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I don’t understand why people are saying they will be voting for Cameron or that they don’t like Brown. In the UK, we elect a party; not an individual. Fair enough, the leader of the party becomes Prime Minister but it’s not like the US where you vote for someone to become President and then for a party. I don’t like Brown. I don’t particularly like Labour at the moment, but I live in a marginal (won from Labour by the Tories in 2005 by a whopping 422 votes) and will therefore be voting Labour at the next election, just to try and oust the Tories. Voting Labour is not a vote in favour of Brown. It’s not a vote against Cameron. It’s a vote for the party I want to see running the country. So why do I keep seeing and hearing that people are voting for an individual when they don’t even live in their constituency? I don’t understand it!

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