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    If a General Election was called today...

    who would you vote for? Would be interesting to see the political views of this forum.

    I would vote Labour. Voted Lib Dem at the last election, never again given this sham of a government they are heavily involved in.

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    Don't think I would vote

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    I'd spoil my vote. I've always voted Labour but I only trust them marginally more than the current rabble. Never have and never will vote Conservative, all you need do is examine the last two years to see why. Lib Dems threw away decades of goodwill with what they've done and I'd be surprised if they recovered in my lifetime.
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    I just don't see the point in spoiling a vote. It shows apathy towards modern politics yes, but doesn't actually achieve anything. I'd rather vote for the lesser of 3 evils.

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    I'd vote Jinky.
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    I'd rather not endorse any of them with my tacit approval as it stands. I'd spoil the vote as opposed to just not turning up. If they had record numbers of spoiled ballots (and they couldn't hide them, they have to be declared) it'd make a more important statement than just voting for someone because they might not be quite as bad. Think about when we were looking for a manager; would you have appointed Steve Bruce just because he wasn't as bad as Dave Jones or Paul Ince?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    I'd rather not endorse any of them with my tacit approval as it stands. I'd spoil the vote as opposed to just not turning up. If they had record numbers of spoiled ballots (and they couldn't hide them, they have to be declared) it'd make a more important statement than just voting for someone because they might not be quite as bad. Think about when we were looking for a manager; would you have appointed Steve Bruce just because he wasn't as bad as Dave Jones or Paul Ince?
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    Anyone who can utter these words then does the opposite needs defeating, David Cameron 'The NHS is safe in our hands.'

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    I'd vote Conservative, but then you all knew that
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    would not vote all three parties imo are incompotent. Labour over borrowed,over spent and did not plan for this eventual mess, conservatives seem to be clueless how to get us out of it and seem to be taking us backwards, lib dems seem dont seem to know there arse from there elbow at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    I'd vote Conservative, but then you all knew that
    You have your political views which I fundamentally disagree with, but this is nothing new and never going to change. However, given the Horlicks they've made of the last two years without even having a mandate to do so, how could you endorse the party in its current state and under its current leadership? It's not like supporting a football team, where you'll watch them irrespective of who's on the playing staff or who the manager is. Surely you have to judge it on its merits rather than voting for someone because of the name of the party they purport to represent? Or are you happy with the current administration? That really would put you in a minority of one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Knows View Post
    Anyone who can utter these words then does the opposite needs defeating, David Cameron 'The NHS is safe in our hands.'
    'There will be no top down reorganisation of the NHS'

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    I usually vote Lib Dem (there's not much point voting Labour if you live in a rural area) but, if it were today, I'd vote Tory. I think they're better at economics, and that's what we need at the moment, given the dire state of Europe's finances. They came to power with no overall majority in very difficult circumstances, yet of the European economies only Germany's is healthier (and that could easily get dragged down, too). I reckon they've done OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hark View Post
    I usually vote Lib Dem (there's not much point voting Labour if you live in a rural area) but, if it were today, I'd vote Tory. I think they're better at economics, and that's what we need at the moment, given the dire state of Europe's finances. They came to power with no overall majority in very difficult circumstances, yet of the European economies only Germany's is healthier (and that could easily get dragged down, too). I reckon they've done OK.
    Hmmm. Bit of a world's tallest dwarf/Wigan's top goalscorer thing going on there.

    Economically, I don't think they've shown any aptitude for anything beyond making cuts in a fairly haphazard fashion, which will never ever ever lead to an economic recovery. They're also highly reliant on us retaining our A+++ credit rating which isn't that likely to last long with the way we're going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hark View Post
    I usually vote Lib Dem (there's not much point voting Labour if you live in a rural area) but, if it were today, I'd vote Tory. I think they're better at economics, and that's what we need at the moment, given the dire state of Europe's finances. They came to power with no overall majority in very difficult circumstances, yet of the European economies only Germany's is healthier (and that could easily get dragged down, too). I reckon they've done OK.
    In the 1980s they sold 100 billion dollars worth of state assets, reaped a similar amount from North Sea oil, and still created not one, but TWO recessions in a decade, before bodging ERM membership so badly that we needed interest rates of 15% to sort it out. Thats not competency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hark View Post
    I usually vote Lib Dem (there's not much point voting Labour if you live in a rural area) but, if it were today, I'd vote Tory. I think they're better at economics, and that's what we need at the moment, given the dire state of Europe's finances. They came to power with no overall majority in very difficult circumstances, yet of the European economies only Germany's is healthier (and that could easily get dragged down, too). I reckon they've done OK.
    S'funny really. I thought the Tory's had just proved the opposite. I would not trust them with my loose change. I have always voted Labour and as they are the only party ever likely to embrace Socialism (one day) I will continue to do so.

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    Well, Henry, there's your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    You have your political views which I fundamentally disagree with, but this is nothing new and never going to change. However, given the Horlicks they've made of the last two years without even having a mandate to do so, how could you endorse the party in its current state and under its current leadership? It's not like supporting a football team, where you'll watch them irrespective of who's on the playing staff or who the manager is. Surely you have to judge it on its merits rather than voting for someone because of the name of the party they purport to represent? Or are you happy with the current administration? That really would put you in a minority of one...
    No - not happy at all. I think that coalition politics has been shown to not work very well at all. Lets face it, if there is something BAAAD - Cameron expects a LibDem to front it, whereas a GOOD NEWS STORY he gets a Conservative to do so. The parties are way to far apart in their ideologies to really stand a chance of working together.

    Having said that, nobody got a mandate two years ago but the Conservatives got a lot closer than labour. I suspect that had there been a clear majority rather than hung parliament and coalition it wouldn't have been quite such a mess as it has.

    Further, I think the choice of leader Labour have gone for is fundamentally a very poor one and I really think it weakens them as a party. This 4 years will destroy the lib-dems as a viable political force in future (IMHO) so we are down to a choice of two. I disagree with labour slightly more than I am pissed off with my party of choice. Ballot-paper spoiling might not be a bad way to go when it actually comes round to the election. That, or just not bother at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Visage View Post
    In the 1980s they sold 100 billion dollars worth of state assets, reaped a similar amount from North Sea oil, and still created not one, but TWO recessions in a decade, before bodging ERM membership so badly that we needed interest rates of 15% to sort it out. Thats not competency.
    Your right but when they left power in 97 the economy was not in that bad a state. If you want to go as far back as your going then labour have had some bad times. When they left power in 79 a 3-4 day working week was the norm, trade unions had imense power meaning that strikes were happening virtually every week and unemployment was soaring. Tell me what did labour do to try and avert this huge defecit that we have? this problem just did not occur in May 2010 in was there years before. I agree torries have valot of short comings but labour are just as bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Further, I think the choice of leader Labour have gone for is fundamentally a very poor one and I really think it weakens them as a party.
    This is my fundamental issue with Labour at the moment. They had the opportunity to strip away the worst excesses of the Blair/Brown years and go back to being a force for left-wing politics. Instead they went for someone who offers nothing whatsoever. Why would I want to entrust him and the rest of the Shadow cabinet with turning the country around? Much like Cameron and his pals, I couldn't tell you what they believe in other than finger-pointing at the other side and ultimately getting elected. So screw them until they sort their act out.
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    If you were an American voter would Willard Mitt Romney seem an option worth backing.

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    negative politics. from both sides. shit isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    negative politics. from both sides. shit isn't it?
    I'm sick to the back teeth of Osbourne and Cameron answering any complaint about the economy with a critique of Labour's administration. Yes, you inherited a shitstorm, we all know that. We want to know what you're going to do about it, not listen to you give us a warped history lesson. It'd be like Mick in 2006 having us in the bottom three of the Championship and shrugging his shoulders, saying "Christ, that Hoddle was a right cunt, wasn't he".
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    yes - it is piss poor. what then boils my piss is the usual labour response appears to be "ah yes, but it was way shitter before we got in"

    both sides need to man up, lose this pathetic blame each other crap and actually come up with some cast iron policies to sort the mess out. We are halfway through the electoral cycle and I for one am struggling to work out a policy that is set in stone from either side of the electoral fence.
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    Didn't seem to harm D-Cam last time. All that time in opposition and his sole policy was "I am not Gordon Brown". Takes some doing to fail to gain a sufficient majority to form a government when you're up against the most unpopular sitting party in decades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jd1981 View Post
    Your right but when they left power in 97 the economy was not in that bad a state. If you want to go as far back as your going then labour have had some bad times. When they left power in 79 a 3-4 day working week was the norm, trade unions had imense power meaning that strikes were happening virtually every week and unemployment was soaring. Tell me what did labour do to try and avert this huge defecit that we have? this problem just did not occur in May 2010 in was there years before. I agree torries have valot of short comings but labour are just as bad.
    The Tories broadly agreed with the Labour spending plans in the years leading upto 2007. The deficit was created by a contraction of the economy due to the global economic crisis that affected us far more than other nations as we had a huge financial services industry. Gordon Brown wanted to regulate the banks further but it was a pointless exercise without global agreement which he knew he could not get. If he did it on his own the banks would have all moved overseas and the Tories at the time were for less regulation rather than more.

    The Tories did inherit a huge deficit but it would have been the same whoever was in power. The mess that they like to talk about would have been worse if Boy wonder George had modelled our economy on the Irish one that he was so keen to praise.

    I would vote Labour by the way even though I have not been impressed with the leader that I voted for.

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    I always read the leaflets we get from each party before voting. They end up in the bin less than 5 minutes later because all they do is criticise the other party.

    That's not going to convince me, sorry.

    I'd love to read the policies from a party worth voting for, but no-one is close to that. I refuse to waste my vote and lend my backing to a party I don't like or trust.

    Fuck the lot of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Didn't seem to harm D-Cam last time. All that time in opposition and his sole policy was "I am not Gordon Brown". Takes some doing to fail to gain a sufficient majority to form a government when you're up against the most unpopular sitting party in decades.
    I know - and that pisses me off in all sorts of ways. The fact that Cameron got in to power on the back of the square root of fuck all policy and a lot of "look what a bunch of incompetents you voted for last time" rhetoric is an advertisement for negative politics. If both parties indulge in the same thing then you end up with a policy vacuum and a succession of politicians screaming at each other about how the other one did it and the one with the loudest voice wins. Sounds remarkably like the playground.

    On the flip-side, anything resembling a decent set of policies should have got Cameron a clear majority. As he went all defensive about his politics (either because he had very few ideas, or those that he did have might not have been that popular) he has ended up in the coalition which doesn't work. Hopefully, this miserable failure to convert the what should have been the easiest electoral end game for some years might bring back positive politicking, but I won't be holding my breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffer Grouse View Post
    The Tories broadly agreed with the Labour spending plans in the years leading upto 2007. The deficit was created by a contraction of the economy due to the global economic crisis that affected us far more than other nations as we had a huge financial services industry. Gordon Brown wanted to regulate the banks further but it was a pointless exercise without global agreement which he knew he could not get. If he did it on his own the banks would have all moved overseas and the Tories at the time were for less regulation rather than more.

    The Tories did inherit a huge deficit but it would have been the same whoever was in power. The mess that they like to talk about would have been worse if Boy wonder George had modelled our economy on the Irish one that he was so keen to praise.

    I would vote Labour by the way even though I have not been impressed with the leader that I voted for.
    Ok so what is labours plan and policy to get us out of this mess? I have heard nothing positive from them other than slagging the coalition about the way they are going about things. Just because the torries agreed with what labour was doing all those years ago does not make what labour did was right.

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    I've never voted, I'll leave it to the people who give a shit who we're getting fucked over by.
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