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sobrique
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A useful meme?
Don't normally like meme type stuff, but this one struck me as worth it - if nothing else, because it's thought provoking.

From serpentstar:

Take the Who Should You Vote For? UK General Election quiz

Liberal Democrat69
Green68
UK Independence5
Conservative-8
Labour-12

You expected: LIB

Your recommendation: Liberal Democrat

Click here for more details about these results


But as also mentioned elsewhere, in our current voting system a minority vote is probably wasted. It's only if I genuinely don't care which of the big two actually win it, that it's worth using my vote elsewhere. Otherwise, I'd be better served by voting tactically.

But so it goes. The result interested me - I'm not especially 'green' in outlook, but having had a look at their manifesto now, there's a few things in there I like - Citizen's income is something I've bashed on about before.

Couple of other things look interesting.
But they also have a few downers - maybe it's just me, but they seem to be a bit too ... well, luddite in outlook. I mean, no nuclear power? Sure, in an ideal world we'd all run off sun and wind, but in the meantime, nuclear is FAR cleaner than gas or coal. And still works on a cold and still day in winter.
I've also been pointed at
EC1011 3. legalise peer to peer copying where it is not done as a business;

Bit hilarious.
Anyway, moot point as there's no green candidate in coventry south. (I wonder if they'd take last minute attempts? :p)

Got an email address of my lib dem candidate, and am going to give a poke to establish his credibility. Otherwise, monster raving looney it is!

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chess From: chess Date: April 16th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you maybe find a vote swap with someone in a different constituency (i.e. you vote for their party in your constiuency, they vote Green in theirs where it might actually help?).
glamwhorebunni From: glamwhorebunni Date: April 16th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
You do have a Green candidate, I think?

Stephen Gray: http://www.yournextmp.com/candidates/stephen_gray or http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=825650533.

And here's the Coventry Greens Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2628155765&ref=mf

The most telling thing about him is probably his blog, about combining being an Evangelical Christian and a Green: http://greenchristian.co.uk/
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 16th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amusingly the green website doesn't seem to agree:
http://www.greensarecoming.org.uk/region.php?r=5

*shrug*. Maybe. Evangelical Christian though, is ... concerning. Never been a big fan of mixing religion and politics.
glamwhorebunni From: glamwhorebunni Date: April 16th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ha, what a shambles! Who knows then? Maybe you will, maybe you won't...
mavnn From: mavnn Date: April 19th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looks like Steve is up on the Green party site now as well.

Steve's an interesting guy (we attended the same church a few years ago, though I haven't kept in touch with him). I'd definitely trust him to do what he says, and it would be assuming to see the biggest Dr. Who geek I've ever met in the council (given my friends, a reasonably impressive accolade) but I'm having trouble imagining him as a politician: in one on one conversation he's shy almost to the point of low level autistic. No idea what he'd be like in public/group situations.

Oh, and yes he does take his faith seriously. If it came down to his belief or his party, I'm pretty confident the party would lose, badly. You'll have to make up your own mind if this is a good or a bad thing :).

I won't be voting for him, but that has more to do with policy than individual. If he was standing for one of the parties I'm considering voting for (Con and Lib Dem, currently) I'd see him as a positive point.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 19th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I respect a man who's firm in his opinion, and has a good solid basis for it - even if I don't agree with that opinion.
However I don't think a religious organization should be politically influential.

In my ideal world, candidates aren't 'party members' at all, they're just sort of signed up to a general overview of political leanings, so you have some idea where there individual viewpoints lie.
So in a sense, neither party nor religion anything more than a declaration of their general stance, and all their decisions in parliament driven by their views and their constituency.
mavnn From: mavnn Date: April 19th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
The 'religious organisation' he's part of (New Frontiers) doesn't hold a politic stance as such (although it's leaders probably express opinions on specific policies!). I know, for example, that one member of New Frontiers in London stood as a Labour MP (can't remember if she was successful or not) so it's not like the church is trying to dictate political leanings.

When I said 'his' faith I meant his personally and his understanding of it, not that the church he belongs to is going to be politically influential through him. Obviously that doesn't mean that he won't be influenced by the opinions of the people around him, but that applies to all of us.
mavnn From: mavnn Date: April 19th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oops. That assuming should be amusing.
glamwhorebunni From: glamwhorebunni Date: April 16th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly you don't seem to have a Monster Raving Loon.

Brian Patton is your Lib Dem: http://www.yournextmp.com/candidates/brian_patton
A convert from Labour, who switched because he thinks the Lib Dems are closer to Old Labour than New Labour are - see article here: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/2008/05/22/coventry-labour-rebel-brian-patton-joins-liberal-democrats-92746-20948241/

He's been a councillor, so has done politics stuff before and also clearly has good ties to your area.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: April 16th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. I have an email address, and I have a notion of things I want to ask him about. Shall be drafting an open letter - probably to all my candidates - to see if/what they respond.
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