Two days, a drunk-related face-mashup (more on that in the next post) and a hard reset to my phone later, and I’m rehashing from memory a post that was stored in the phone’s drafts folder, originally titled ‘Mother’s In A Quandry,’ in lieu of the much longer post that should have been finished days ago regarding Sean Gabb’s conversation (I’ve well missed the boat, everybody else has commented by now, I’m sure).
Mother isn’t really in a quandry. She is, I think, going to vote Labour. Not because she approves of their agenda, not because she thinks they’ve been doing a good job, and certainly not because of the TV debate (she was quite impressed by Cleggy, not the inceasingly wan-looking Gordo, and she’d never vote for Cameron- she ‘doesn’t like his face.’ I approve).
She plans to vote Labour because she likes our (Labour) MP and thinks he’s done a good job in the constituency. Which is ostensibly what our electoral system is all about. Note I didn’t mention his voting record, or his party’s leadership… but what the man himself has done in his constituency.
It’s me that’s in a quandry, really. On the one hand I tend to the idea that this is how the system is supposed to work, and by damn I should bloody well act like that is how it works, even though it isn’t, just out of sheer bloody-mindedness (wonder where I get that from, mum?) but on the other hand, I know damn well that isn’t how it works, and while Jonathan Shaw might be a good constituency MP he is still bound in Westminster by the Whips to vote for whatever crazy schemes his bosses dream up.
So what are we to do? The recent TV debates have put the ‘official’ sheen on what everybody has known for ages -that we vote for the party and it’s leader, in effect if not in priciple- but the system of electing a local representative and sending him off to Westminster to act for the Constituency’s interests is still in place. I actually quite like the idea, to be honest. If it worked properly, that is.
So where do I put my ‘X’? I can’t in good conscience vote for Mr. Shaw, no matter how hard he’s worked in the local area because a vote for him would be a vote for five more years of that lunatic he works for. There’s no Libertarian candidate so I’m either reduced to spoiling my ballot or going by method of elimination. According to Wikipedia there are seven PPC’s in my constituency. Four (Lib/Lab/Con and Green) I can eliminate straight away. I’m not voting English Democrat (I’m against an English Parliament- I want LESS government, not more) which leaves me with two candidates to choose from:
Colin McCarthy-Stewart (BNP); and
Steve Newton (UKIP)