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

Conservative Party (UK)

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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?


The Guardian view on Theresa May’s manifesto: a new Toryism | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Illustration from The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Illustration from The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


In an excellent editorial the Guardian argues that like Tony Blair in 1997, Mrs May is where the majority of voters are, to the left on the economy and to the right on social issues. It suggests that she plays to this mood, as a political judgment that risks society closing in on itself rather than opening up. The conclusion is alarming, ‘Forward Together, says Mrs May, but where to? Nobody knows’.

The Guardian view on Theresa May’s manifesto: a new Toryism | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

As I commented yesterday on my critique of The Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, it’s seriously light on strategy, costings and risk analysis. Unlike Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May is not a conviction politician, she’s a simple opportunist, looking out for for what’s best for herself and her elitist supporters.

Older people who voted for Brexit should now be alarmed that something is wrong – because if they need social care they could end up losing their house (except for GBP100k).

May is incredibly arrogant, assuming that she can win with a landslide, without tabling detailed policies, costings and risks. Of course, she’s banking on winning voters from UKIP and the Labour Party. She’s discounting the traditional Tory voters who will be appalled by her direction, for example, abandoning ‘individualism’.

Like the Guardian editorial, I question May’s direction. She reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin.

This leads me to an open question:

Should traditional Conservative voters support Theresa May, or should they protest voting for the Liberals or Labour, or simply abstain from voting?