Might as well put this up.
I consider it a moral obligation to vote against the current coalition, and to maximise any impact such a vote might have… which is why, despite the fact that I loathe and despise the Labour Party, I would vote Labour were I in a constituency where such a vote might conceivably contribute towards a Labour victory.
As it happens, I live in a constituency that has been a solid Tory seat for generations. Really, where I live they’d elect a dog turd if it had a blue rosette stuck on it. In fact, when I look at the robotic, empty-headed drone and waste of clothes who currently ‘represents’ me in Parliament, I think they did.
The nearest possible challengers to the Tories in my constituency are the Yellow Tories, whom I am proud to say I have never voted for in my life, not even tactically, not even in 2010 when lots of ostensibly left-leaning useful idiots tried to bully me into voting LibDem, saying (ludicrously as I pointed out at the time – something which I have since very much enjoyed being proved right about) that doing so would block the Tories.
So I shall be free to vote some non-Labour, non-coalition option. Green probably, since they’re usually the only thing on my ballot paper that looks even vaguely left-wing (despite my issues with their lack of connection to the working class or unions, and their record of selling out workers the moment they acquire even the sniff of power).
I would be perfectly within my moral rights to abstain from voting given this depressing scenario. Even what I feel is my moral duty to vote anti-Coalition doesn’t fool me into thinking that my vote will mean anything. Like millions of people who have been effectively disenfranchised by our rigged system and its varigated monopoly of neoliberal parties, I would be accused of ‘apathy’ by assorted finger-wagging smuggos if I abstained. But abstention is a morally defencible option. It just isn’t one I feel I can take at the moment.
So I shall hold my nose, vote Green (probably) and then go home and vigorously wash my hands in scalding hot water and bleach, feeling simultaneously dirty and relieved that I managed to do what I consider to be the least possible amount of evil.
Ain’t democracy inspiring?