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Torn ballots

My postal ballot should be arriving soon, but to be honest I am quite torn about how to use it. I can't decide whether to vote Labour or Liberal Democrat: I like Corbyn and many of his leftist policies, especially how he intends to increase high rate tax in order to pay for badly needed public services; yet he remains dedicated to Brexit, something I'm vehemently against. The lib dems, on the other hand, propose a second referendum - a chance to turn away from the utter catastrophe we are currently hurtling towards. I also like their progressive, mature attitudes to things like cannabis. The problem is, if I vote Lib Dem, the opposition vote risks being split, resulting in a tory majority. I am therefore stuck: vote Labour, and while many socially oriented policies might be enacted, Brexit will become a certainty; vote lib dem and I risk either letting the tories win, or, at best, getting another Tory/lib dem coalition, and look what damage the last one did.

Truth be told, then, I have no idea who to vote for. Of course, not voting at all is not an option, especially this time. Yet either way the outlook looks bleak. Do I vote for a party who's policies I believe in, who have a chance of winning, but who will secure our fate as an isolated little island; or do I go with a party who want to undo the disaster of last year, yet have no real chance of forming a government? Above all, a tory majority of the size many are now forecasting would be too hideous to bear. All one can really do is hold your nose, put a cross in the box, and hope for the best.

Comments

hi Matt

Have you thought of tactical voting, looking at the results of the last election for each constituency? In your constituency, there was a Labour majority of about 12,000, with conservatives in 2nd place, with the Lib Dem candidate in 5th place (after UKIP and the Greens - take a look here for the full details), so the chances of a Lib Dem win for your area are pretty weak

Just to update you, I just voted. I'm now sat here with a sealed envelope ready to post. I won't say which box I put my cross in, but it began with the letter L...

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