UK Election - Who are you voting for?

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Who will you vote for in the 2015 UK Election?

Conservative
7
23%
Labour
3
10%
Lib Dem
3
10%
UKIP
2
6%
Green
11
35%
SNP
1
3%
Other
4
13%
 
Total votes : 31

Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Edward » 4 May 2015, 19:50

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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Jacketh » 7 May 2015, 18:52

You guys voted, then? :D

Decide leaning to Labour the last few weeks, I went for Green. Deciding between the lesser of two evils is not supporting a change to the electoral system, even if I do live in a marginal that Labour are targeting. On Friday morning there will be tons of 'wasted votes' by the people who voted Green and UKIP and between them are likely to end up with three seats, yet millions of votes. Yet the SNP who are predicted to only end up with around 4-5% of the vote are likely to get near 50 seats. I can't support that system.

The Greens are far from perfect. Some policies, such as banning flying at night, I find absurd. I'm not keen on Natalie Bennett, either. But they clearly have backbone with strong values and a clear direction. That is why I voted for them.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Brenden » 7 May 2015, 18:59

Jack™ wrote:The Greens are far from perfect. Some policies, such as banning flying at night, I find absurd.

It's because they have such highly democratised party governance, only a handful of people can get policy proposals up for a vote at the conventions.

Jack™ wrote:I'm not keen on Natalie Bennett, either.

I don't know what she brings to the party. :shrug:
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby c1ask0 » 7 May 2015, 19:06

I decided in the polling booth that I would vote Green at this election. I really wanted to vote Labour but I couldn't support my local candidate as he voted against gay marriage. My only other option was to spoil the ballot paper, but I like to think that every vote for a small party like the Greens will help towards their swing in this election and build a path towards winning more seats in the future.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Brenden » 7 May 2015, 19:09

c1ask0 wrote:I really wanted to vote Labour but I couldn't support my local candidate as he voted against gay marriage.

Wouldn't it be great if the UK had party-list PR and you could vote for the specific Labour candidate you like the most, and watch as the bad ones drop down the list every election until they never get a seat in Parliament?
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 May 2015, 19:13

I was stuck briefly deciding between Labour and the Liberal Democrats in the booth.

I swallowed my idealism and went with the Liberal Democrats. Not because I'm more loyal to them than Labour, but just because I want my Tory MP gone and in previous elections they've come the closest to managing that.

I went with logic on this one. Sure I'm not 100% satisfied with the call, but I wouldn't have been 100% satisfied with a Labour or a Green Party vote either, so I'm calling it a wash.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Tony » 7 May 2015, 19:28

Yeah I was also stuck briefly deciding between Labour and the Green Party in the booth, but decided to vote for Labour :shrug: .
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby GoPink! » 7 May 2015, 19:59

I was stood in the booth staring at both of my ballot papers with no clue who to vote for. I ended up voting Tory and UKIP for Council, and UKIP for Parliamentary vote.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Jacketh » 7 May 2015, 21:42

BBC Exit Poll (bare in mind this election is harder to predict, but the BBC were spot on in their exit poll in 2010)

316 Conservative
239 Labour
58 SNP
10 Lib Dem
8 DUP
4 Plaid Cymru
2 UKIP
2 Green

...

If that is right, I think I want to cry.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Tony » 7 May 2015, 21:47

Jack™ wrote:BBC Exit Poll (bare in mind this election is harder to predict, but the BBC were spot on in their exit poll)

316 Conservative
239 Labour
58 SNP
10 Lib Dem
8 DUP
4 Plaid Cymru
2 UKIP
2 Green

...

If that is right, I think I want to cry.

Me too :( :cry:
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Severelius » 7 May 2015, 21:53

Yeah I'm hoping the bizarre nature of this election makes that exit poll incorrect. Because holy crap.

I'm just having a really bad feeling about this entire thing.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Jacketh » 8 May 2015, 03:40

This is absolutely crazy. I'm far from happy. I'm set to lose about £30, my local constituency has re-elected a Tory who has caught playing Candy Crush for 2 hours in a Committee and Vince Cable (who I like a lot and is a very respectable MP) has lost his seat in London he's had for 18 years. He's lost it because of what Clegg has done to the Lib Dems, simply.

Nick Clegg looks like he is going to resign in the morning. Good.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Edward » 8 May 2015, 04:21

Also expect Ed Miliband to resign soon. Nigel Farage looks set to lose South Thanet and hence resign. Vince Cable is as guilty as Nick Clegg for the coalition, espicially the sale of the Post Office, you could tell he'd heard bad news before the result was formally announced. I hope Bob Russell stays, he's a good Lib Dem and could help rebuild the party. Labour deserved to be wiped out in Scotland.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Edward » 8 May 2015, 04:24

Ed Balls could apparently lose his seat...
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Ciniselli » 8 May 2015, 06:22

Yep. Looking to be five more years of Mr. Shiny Forehead and his team of incompetent sociopaths. And this time without any kind of constraints. And a slim majority which will really empower some of their more insane backbenchers.

I think I'm going to be looking to spend more time out of the country :/
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Ciniselli » 8 May 2015, 06:24

Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Severelius » 8 May 2015, 07:02

From the way this has gone, we're probably going to see this day end with Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Ed Miliband no longer in the position of leadership in their party.

I think the term 'disappointed' still doesn't do justice to how I feel about this one. 5 more years of Iggle Piggle and any sense of left-wing politics in England utterly fucking destroyed.
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Tony » 8 May 2015, 08:08

To say I'm sad or disappointed is a understatement :/
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Ciniselli » 8 May 2015, 08:10

Severilus wrote:we're probably going to see this day end with Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage and Ed Miliband no longer in the position of leadership in their party.


And George Galloway's gone, too. Much as I loathe him, he was at least a pretty loud anti-government voice in the commons, which is important.

The only real opposition against Cameron for at least a year or so are going to be the lunatics in his own party. And maybe the Scottish Nationalists (who are at the very least not in a position to influence much as Cameron will be strong enough to ignore them). Not a prospect anyone should relish :/
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Re: UK Election - Who are you voting for?

Unread postby Marmaduke » 8 May 2015, 09:00

The British people have voted - somewhat overwhelmingly - for stability. Labour couldn't set out what a vote for them would actually result in, that's what killed them.

I went to bed around midnight expecting the exit poll of 319 seats to be a little high. I went into the election expecting around 285-290 seats, after the poll I thought we might skirt around the 300-305 mark but I really didn't think we'd get to 319. Waking up this morning to the Conservatives on course for a 329 seat single-party majority is a real relief.

We'll come out of this election having avoided a substantial financial market drop, a dysfunctional "parliament of losers" and days of upheaval and political instability.

Ed Milliband, apart from not being able to actually clarify what a vote for him would result in within the commons, ran a really good campaign. Labour had several good swing points on their side and they've still had a terrible performance. I think it' a pretty solid message that the British people will not vote for uncertainty.

Whilst it's a great night for Cameron, the big winner tonight is Nicola Sturgeon. 56 seats is a shocking rout and Cameron's big challenge in the next five years is working with them to stop another independence referendum.
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