Tuesday, 12 January 2010

More cheery news from the electoral frontline

Cheery news again today: an influential local political blogger has speculated that the best way to keep the Tories out in Brighton Kemptown could be for Labour and Lib-Dem supporters to vote for yours truly in this year's election.

The Brighton Politics Blog argues that the Greens could pull off the shock of the 2010 General Election by winning not just in Brighton Pavilion, but here in Brighton Kemptown too.

Is it possible? In short , yes!

I have long argued that a Green vote in Kemptown is the progressive choice, and the one most likely to prevent the Tories picking up the seat.

Personally, I’m not a great fan of the tactical voting approach. It’s just too negative, I feel, to vote for the candidate most likely to beat the one you like least.

I prefer the version of democratic engagement in which voters choose the candidate they’d most like to be their MP, regardless of how that will affect other candidates – and I hope, just as we managed in Queen’s Park in 2007, we can convince previous supporters of all parties (and none) to trust an increasingly experienced, locally-focused and genuinely progressive Green Party candidate to do the job.

For me, the question I think voters should be asking themselves is: which candidate will do the best job of representing local interests, whatever happens nationally?

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