Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared | Politics | The Guardian

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The UK’s Guardian provides an excellent summary of the key pledges made by political parties in the run-up to the UK general election.

Who should I vote for? The UK election manifestos compared | Politics | The Guardian

Full marks to the Guardian for providing this objective comparison of the UK election manifestos of the three main political parties.

Unfortunately, I fear that this sort of comparison will be too complicated for the average voter who is more likely to vote on a less rational basis.

Let me illustrate with my own case. Objectively, I identify more closely with the Conservative Party pledges overall but on key areas, I support either Labour or the Liberals offerings. Historically, I have been a strong Conservative Party supporter (for an analysis of my political views open this link). Rationally, I should perhaps vote for Theresa May but I don’t rate her very highly and think she’ll lead the country into chaos. So my dilemma is whether to abstain or register a protest vote for Labour or the Liberal? Matters are complicated further because I’m an expat, resident overseas, and have a proxy voting for me in Bath, UK, where I used to live. Traditionally, the Liberals have been strong in Bath, so should I vote for the Liberals, knowing that they have little chance of winning overall but could possibly be an influential part of a coalition?


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