Sometimes I'd like to wash my hands of it all and ignore the political furore going on. Yet I can't as people died so that I could vote. I view it as a duty and not optional.
I also do so because I've got a sense that a wealthy and increasingly powerful minority would prefer it if us minions kept our traps shut and did not express opinions. That would never do. And maybe my moderate vote counters extremism too. It's sensible to remember that the Nazi Party in Germany were elected on nowhere near a majority. Some of the stuff that I'm hearing from some parties seem to express far too little compassion for those who are disadvantaged and oppressed. Am I overreacting if I think this seems dangerous to me? No matter if I am. A healthy dose of paranoia is acting as a good motivator.
So who will get my tick in the box on polling day? Just in case I've got some parties completely wrong I decided to examine whether their policies were a good match with my own beliefs and values. After all leopards sometimes change their spots. I've been trying a few of those online quizzes. like whoshouldyouvotefor.com, voteforpolicies.org.uk and votematch.org. Have they shown that my true colours are indeed blue or, horror of horrors, purple? Unsurprisingly no. Nor, thankfully am I a good match with the Liberal Democrats who betrayed many tactical voters in 2010's General Election who'd hoped to see the formation of a left of centre government. That would have caused a bit of emotional turmoil. I resolved after the event never to vote for them again.
I pretty much knew that I'll be putting a tick in the box of either the Labour Party or Green candidate. So have all those quizzes helped me decide between these parties? Sadly not. My views seem to sit squarely in both camps. I'm still in a quandary about what to do. What I need is someone to come up with a really good tiebreaker to help me decide!