#GE2015 #VoteLabour if not #VoteGreen

In one of my recent posts entitled The general disaffection with #GE2015, I expressed my, well, disaffection with politics and the upcoming general election on May 7th 2015. I encouraged everyone to vote and still do, even if it’s just to spoil your vote.

Please do vote tomorrow!

However, yesterday, after watching Russell Brands UK Politics Week Trews, I finally got all excited about the election and felt like I came to my senses. If you haven’t seen it, the final conclusion is well worth a watch:

In my previous post my advice was that even if you don’t know who to vote for or if you don’t want to vote for anyone, at least turn up, vote and spoil your vote. This was fundamentally different to Russell’s advice, as he was advising people not to vote at all. I can’t agree with that because no matter how disillusioned you are with the system, if I don’t respect the system then you can’t expect anyone to respect the system that will replace it.

You have to change the system from within the system or you start a revolution.

Doing noting changes nothing.

Vote or revolt, but don’t do nothing.

Doing nothing sends a message that you are happy with how things are. Are you really happy with how things are?

As much as I wanted to vote for The Green Party because I’m an absolutely believing that we need to put the interests of Gaia (our living planet earth) before economic prosperity and BIG business, Russell convinced me that I should return to my Labour Party roots. For many years, I was a paid up member of the Labour Party. That changed when Ed Miliband took over as party leader because I just couldn’t stand the man. Watching Russell Brands Trews made me realise that I need to put personal opinions aside and do what is in the best interests of the country for the next five years and that’s not going to happen under Conservative leadership.

With that I set about spreading the word of Russell on my social media accounts yesterday, however, after sleeping on it last night, I decided to do more of my own research before making my final decision on who to vote for tomorrow.

Here’s what I did.

Firstly I researched the election results for the last general election in my area, which is Esher and Walton. The results are below:

  1. RAAB, Dominic Conservative – 32,134 votes
  2. BLACKMAN, Lionel Francis Liberal Democrats – 13,541 votes
  3. ELDERGILL, Francis Labour – 5,829 votes
  4. COLLIGNON, Bernard United Kingdom Independence Party – 1,783 votes
  5. POPHAM, Tony Independent – 378 votes
  6. CHINNERS, Official Monster Raving Loony Party – 341 votes
  7. KEARSLEY, Mike English Democrats – “Putting England First!” – 307 votes
  8. LEAR, Andy Best of a Bad Bunch – 230 votes

I encourage you to do the same, so that know how likely your vote is to be in determining the outcome.

As you can see, The Conservatives have a pretty impressive lead, with Labour coming a distant third and no Green Party. Based on 2010 results, voting Labour isn’t likely to change the MP for Esher and Walton.

Hmm… This poses me with a conundrum, do I vote tactically for The Liberal Democrats in an attempt to displace the Tory’s or do I vote for my party of preference out of ideological conscience?

The Labour Party or The Green Party?

The problem I face with voting tactically is that it means voting for The Liberal Democrats, and whilst I’m well aware that every politician lies in order to get elected, Nick Clegg told some of the most blatant lies last time round. It’s a shame because I have great respect for the likes of Vince Cable but I just can’t bring myself to vote for the Lib Dems this time.

There is however, good news! As if by chance this morning The Green Party had posted a flyer through my door for their Surrey candidate for Esher and Walton, Olivia Palmer.

As their was no Green candidate at the last general election there was no results data on how well they performed. But what I did know was how poorly Labour performed.

I have to concede that Walton-on-Thames being in the same constituency as affluent Esher, there isn’t much chance of removing the Tory’s, but now that I have a Green candidate to vote for I have decided, based on the data and my ideological preferences to back The Green Party for Esher and Walton tomorrow.

My vote may not ultimately make a difference because I don’t expect The Green Party in Esher and Walton to do particularly well, but every journey must start with a first step and at least I can spend the next 5 years protesting at the outcome and working towards change.

Here is what Olivia has to say and why you should #VoteGreen2015:

Well done Olivia Palmer for putting yourself forward and standing for The Green Party in this election. You have my vote.

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