Thursday, May 6, 2010

I agree with Nick!...


Well at least I think I do. On the other hand is it a wasted vote in Tonbridge and Malling? Aren't the Tories going to get in anyway however I vote? Aren't Labour number two in this constituency? Do I even know what Proportional Representation is? Can I even spell it correctly?! Shouldn't I be getting on with selling books rather than writing this drivel? Oh dear, it's all so confusing. Actually I've already cast my vote and it was all a bit of an anticlimax as the act of voting always is (excepting maybe the first time you do it. (The exciting part comes in the early hours of tomorrow when the picture of the likely victors starts to develop.) And yet as I said in the last posting it is so vital. No you can't force people to vote; that, in itself, might seem like a good idea but it is totally undemocratic. No, all you can do is sell your party's ideals and policies and hope that this will persaude the electorate to go out and vote for you. I didn't vote specifically for Nick Clegg any more than I might have voted for Gordon Brown or David Camoron, I voted for Liz Simpson and, more improtantly, the Liberal Democrat principals of fairness and freedom. To be honest I would have liked to have met Ms Simpson as I didn't feel that she was all that vocal in the most closely fought election of the last fifty years. Then I don't suppose that they consider Tonbridge to be a key marginal seat. Should that matter though as it's unlikely she'll be standing again, assuming she doesn't get in that is? Tactical voting. Who cares? Vote for you principles I say! So I don't agree with all that Nick Clegg says or does but his party is the closest to my political and social convictions. I'm a centrist, I believe in balance, and if that means a coalition of all the best from the various parties working together then so be it. Even the picture above is right smack in the centre, just like me. There you go I've come out. I'm a Liberal and I never thought I'd admit it!...

5 comments:

The Tomahawk Kid said...

I agree with Nick too. Well, like you TB I don't actually agree with all he says or stands for. The thought of another term of Gordon Brown sounds just plain depressing. I could just about go with David Cameron, but the throught of George Osborne as Chancellor fills me with dread! I am not a huge fan of Nick Clegg, but in Vince Cable the Liberals have the best mant to deal with the economy by far. Hopefully if we have a hung parliament whoever gets in will be forced to listen a bit more to Vince Cable and the liberals (they are likely to hold the balance of power after all).

Anonymous said...

Liberal Democrats are worst than labour i hope david cameron will get in. VOTE CONSERVATIVE FOR A BETTER CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Its a long walk to these polling stations!

Thank labour for the new West Kent College, the new Hugh Christie school (much improved results), Sussex Road extension after a hundred years wait, Hillview new building, Hadlow college was on thebrink of closure a few years back. As Tony said education, education, education.

Dont foreget the new Hospital opening soon, the much shorter wait for operations, MRI scans used to be a 6 months wait and now just a few weeks.

And worth about £1000 per year to many the free bus pass.

Mark said...

I have no idea who this Liz Simpson lady is but I voted for her because I wanted to vote for Nick Clegg. Sir John might have to look over his shoulder - I know a lot of people in town who have voted Lib Dem. I would like to have seen Liz Simpsons around a bit though, where has she been?!

TonbridgeCommuter said...

I too have voted for the Liberal Democrats. I believe Nick Clegg and Vince Cable are the best people to lead this country (with Liz Simpson's help of course). We need an end to this ridiculous voting system too!