Wednesday, 4 May 2005

Slowly, I decide

So tomorrow’s the big day and I’m looking forward to it immensely. We’ve been told that the campaign has been low-key and boring but election night is my favourite TV programme and it looks like it’ll be somewhat more interesting than on the last two occasions.

I would love to see some high-profile Labour casualties: perhaps Jack Straw in Blackburn. It’s probably too much to expect that Tony Blair himself will lose his seat and in some ways I hope that he survives. Justice surely requires that both Tony and Gordon be in power when their bubble economy finally implodes. A good result would be a reduction of Tony’s majority from 17,713 to around 500 with 10,000 postal votes being cast. Who would believe that he had been elected legitimately?

You can guess that I’m not going to vote for the Labour party. I do acknowledge that Blair’s administration hasn’t gone around nationalising whole industries but it’s done something more insidious and far more difficult to correct: nationalising people. It’s extraordinary that a government that’s done so much to abolish Britain’s traditional liberties still leads in the opinion polls. And what can one say about a regime that gives welfare benefits to people earning more than £50,000?

I do like the Liberal Democrats’ stance on civil liberties, at least compared with its rivals. If we were back in the 19th century, or even in the days of Jo Grimond, I would happily vote for the Liberals, but Charlie Kennedy’s lot has blown it completely by being absolutely committed to a level of taxation that would destroy the UK economy. I suppose that’s inevitable given the LibDem’s devotion to the Big Bureaucratic Blob in Brussels. Such a pity.

I’m pleased that some SNP politicians are talking about entrepreneurship and a low-tax Scottish economy, but they’re in a distinct minority. Most nationalists remain wedded to the Scottish collectivist zeitgeist. My own preference is for a small-government federalist UK although I don’t plan to rush for the exit if Scotland does vote for independence. Nevertheless, I’m not going to push the country in that direction so long as the SNP mainstream rejects capitalism.

I guess that leaves the Tories.

Previously I have expressed my disgust over the decision to support ID cards. As it happens, on the evening of that fateful announcement I was at an event attended by some Scottish Conservative activists and I don’t think I’d be revealing any confidences by stating that many in the party were “steaming” over the ID card policy. Like others, I’m also very angry that the Tories have culled several excellent candidates who spoke in favour of reductions in taxation and the “creative destruction” of the welfare state.

For a while I contemplated a spoiled vote or voting UKIP, but, like the Bunny, I was appalled by that party’s election material and TV broadcast.

And so I find myself asking: “What would Tony want?” Presumably he’d want the re-election of Alistair Darling, despite that gentleman being a protégée of Gordon Brown. Certainly Gordon wants Alistair back in. The outcome is that I plan to vote for Gordon Buchan, the Conservative candidate for Edinburgh South West. I don’t know Mr Buchan but the local Labour party is clearly worried judging by the quantity of election material coming through my letterbox.

I recognise that the Conservative party needs a good kick up the backside if it’s ever to move in a more libertarian direction but here in Scotland there’s very little alternative. Some of the Conservative candidates do have distinct libertarian tendencies: Iain Whyte, in Edinburgh North & Leith; Richard Cook, in East Renfrewshire; Douglas Fraser, in Perth; Alex Johnstone, in West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine; Campbell Murdoch, in West Dunbartonshire; Peter Finnie, in Motherwell & Wishaw and Stuart Randall, in Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath. If Mr Randall knocks out Gordon Brown he’ll be the most famous and surprised politician in the country!

In the long run the intellectual battle is what matters. But tomorrow it’ll be time for some pure theatre and I’ll be up all night. It’s a damned nuisance that I face an audit the following morning.

(UPDATE: I've received three e-mails from a Mr Michael Howard in the last ten minutes! I get the impression that he's not a member of ZaNu-Labour)

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Title: Tory Trouble 
Excerpt: David Farrer, who was a member of the 1952 Committee - A Lost Tory Vote, reluctantly decided to vote Conservative on the 5th of May, despite their support for ID cards... 
Blog name: Independence

21 May 2005, 05:07:54 GMT+01:00
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David Farrer
Well spotted! He/she has removed his/her beard.

12 May 2005, 11:58:38 GMT+01:00
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Has Darling changed sex, so to speak? Just an extra e on your finely accented French borrowing.

11 May 2005, 19:20:28 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Duffin
Seems I was misinformed: 
Votes % Delta 
Sandra Osborne (Lab) 20,433 45.4 -5.9% 
Mark Jones (Con) 10,436 23.2 -1.6% 
I should have saved my vote for the swivel-eyed loons after all.

6 May 2005, 14:42:15 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Ian Dodge
A hung parliament would be a horrid thing to hope for because it would empower those illiberal loons the Lib-Dems. No one seriously wants those idjits anywhere near power now do they?

5 May 2005, 21:17:09 GMT+01:00
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Also did not vote Conservative because Micheal Howard control and support for state power

5 May 2005, 20:57:14 GMT+01:00
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David Wildgoose
I telephoned my Conservative Candidate and asked him directly for his opinion on ID cards. I'm glad to say he gave me an honest answer. Unfortunately though, his answer was that not only was he in favour, he was also in favour of them being made COMPULSORY. 
So I told him he had lost my vote, and why.

5 May 2005, 16:29:03 GMT+01:00
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Andrew Duffin
There seems to be a minute possibility of unseating the sitting NuLab drone in Ayr so I suppose I ought to hold my nose and vote Tory. 
I am not sure, though, that one ought to encourage them: what have they done to deserve it?  
Nothing, afaik.

5 May 2005, 13:15:12 GMT+01:00
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Well at least the UKIP video was fun to watch, but it did trivialise an important issue, almost thought it was another party trying to demonise UKIP wonder how that got through there PR department

4 May 2005, 22:16:57 GMT+01:00
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Neil Craig
The best we can hope for is a hung Parliament, which is not a bad thing to hope for. This requires voting for the leading non-Labour candidate everywhere & I wouldn't be entirely surprised if a very large number of people understand this.. 
With a better voting system the next Holyrood election looks like being a genuine contest. It is also really open to non-traditional candidates (hint).

4 May 2005, 21:56:24 GMT+01:00
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I concur with most of your reasoning for eventually probably opting for a vote for the Conservatives as the least bad of all the options available. 
I expect I shall be up late-ish tomorrow night, too, although I must be sensible - I'm off for a week's holiday on Friday morning so that comes before all else (-;

4 May 2005, 18:15:25 GMT+01:00
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Chris A
One negative thing about being a libertarian in this country is that no major (or even minor) party advocates libertarian values! 
I cannot see the Conservatives winning. , even if New Labour aren't universally popular.

4 May 2005, 16:50:20 GMT+01:00