Thursday, 7 May 2009

What David Cameron and I have in common...

We've both had a bicycle stolen recently.

That's actually a serious point: I am, I suppose, naturally inclined to be conservative (love of tradition, individual freedom and enterprise, family values etc) but the modern Conservative Party is not...


The Guild Master said...

So who are you (and we) supposed to vote for?

Also a serious point. There'll be a General Election within the next 12 months and that question will be bothering many of us.

It used to be said that you should vote for the party that most closely resembled your views (duh!), but you'd never find a perfect match so some compromise was necessary. All parties were broad alliances, blah-de-blah.

But what happens when all the parties are SO far from the Church's social and moral teaching that all but the wilfully blind (i.e. readers of the Universe) could feel attracted to a contemporary British political party?

One option is to abstain. I've tried that in the past, and, although it works on a protest vote level, it doesn't ultimately lead anywhere.
Another option is to start one's own political party. Haven't tried that one, and have no desire (or time) to do so.
Another is to vote purely on the individual candidates in one's own constituency. This has some merit in it, but it ignores the fact that the MP is a member of a party and subject to party discipline.

So what to do? Suggestions anyone?

Ben Trovato said...

Yes, it's a real dilemma. I tend to vote for the least bad, which is unsatisfactory, but I think abstaining is also a bad option.

Don't forget to pray for the lot of them...