Paul M. Cray (pmcray) wrote,
Paul M. Cray

Think Strategically, Vote Tactically

The one certain winner from the today's election is the Atlanticist neoliberal economic elite and their lackeys in the political class. But such is politics. The thing is does matter how is in power, even if it doesn't ever matter as much as it should. Consider the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the poster-child of the Conservative Party and the test-bed for the kinds of policies and politics that a Cameron administration will put in place. Then imagine that multiplied by 200 across the country and amplified by a factor of 5 or 10 or 50 because of the Tory government in Westminster: it is the central government that pays for and thus gets to decide most of what actually happens to people around the nation.

Strategically, the goal is clear: a Tory government will not be as bad we imagine, it will be worse. Our vote is a tool and we must use it operationally to bring about the least worst result  or, if you prefer, to avoid the worst result. So the question to ask when one enters the polling booth is this: how can I cast my vote to maximise the chance that a Conservative MP will not be elected in this constituency. If that means voting LibDem, so be it. I have voted LibDem myself many times in the past year even though they are not my team. If that means, as I will have to do this evening, voting for an odious party hack, so be it. She is better, far better, than the alternative of the even more odious Tory rent-a-candidate. I suppose it would even mean voting Green if one lived in Brighton Pavilion, although frankly the last thing this country needs right now is self-righteous, swivelled-eyed loons in parliament. But better a non-Tory one. Because that is the ultimate issue: we vote for a MP, but get a government and we must do what we can to try and ensure that the next government is the one of the complexion that will spend less time, even if only slightly less time, stamping on the face of humanity.
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