So, I voted. Of the 14 parties standing in my constituency, the BNP, UKIP, the English Democrats, the Christian Party, Libertas and the Conservative Party were unthinkable. Labour I would vote for to keep the Tories out, but since the Iraq war, not for any other reason. I knew nothing of the Jury Party, any of the independents, the Socialist Party of Great Britain or Yes2Europe. Of the leftist parties, No2EU’s ’empty-seat’ promise seems particularly futile and nihilistic and the Socialist Labour Party LEADER ARTHUR SCARGILL (this is how they were described on the ballot paper) are also opposed to the EU. That leaves the Greens and the Lib Dems. I went for the Greens. Their health policy seems rather silly, and they’re opposed to embryonic stem cell research for no good reason, but their social policies are to the left of anyone else likely to actually get a seat and I came to the conclusion that I’ll take a bit of mumbo-jumbo for that.
Edit: however, this article did such a good job of making Hazel Blears sound both malevolent and unhinged that I was almost tempted to throw Gordon Brown a sympathy vote to spite her.