In Britain, on 7th May 2015, we are due to have a General Election. This raises the question: For which party shall I cast my vote? The principal options are as follows:The Conservative Party.
The Tory Party (as it is commonly known) is the bought-and-paid-for mouthpiece of the corporate interests which finance it - which pay for its advertising, its campaigning and for much else besides. These 'corporate interests' are the very same ones which routinely practice tax evasion on a massive scale, therebye defrauding the state of billions of pound per year. And the reason they pay for the Tory Party is in order to keep things that way. Hence the name - 'Conservative' Party. To make up for the shortfall in revenue which results from this behaviour, the Tory Party spends much of its time and energy trying to kick the poor and needy off the state benefits upon which they rely, in order to survive. The massively wealthy tax avoiders who fund the Tory Party are rarely, if ever, mentioned by them. And numbered amongst them are some powerful newspaper proprietors and media owners, who assist the Tories by churning out a stream of carefully selected half-truths, lies and propaganda, on a daily basis. Aneurin Bevan once famously described the Tories as being "lower than vermin". And he knew whereof he spoke.
They will not be receiving my vote.The Labour Party
I have a good deal of empathy with Ed Miliband. I think he is a lot tougher and more resilient than many people believe, and I agree with his own view that other people consistently underestimate him. In my opinion - and as he probably already knows - being 'consistently underestimated' is a tremendous advantage in life, and one that he should assiduously cultivate...^^ Having said that, I don't have a great deal of confidence in the party which he leads. Remember Iraq? Remember Afghanistan? Remember "extraordinary rendition"? Remember kidnap, torture and detention without trial? They all happened under the last Labour government, and at the behest of the United States. After that, I am not sure that I can trust Labour with the government of Britain for a second time. I am also aware of there being as many closet draconians on the Labour side as can be found, on any given day, crawling around Theresa May.
In spite of my liking for Mister Ed, I don't think that I will be voting Labour.The Liberal Democrats
You know the landlord who puts you down, puts up your rent, and smiles at you the whole time? He's probably a Liberal Democrat...The Green Party
I smoke like a chimney, which I should think makes me distinctly un-Green. Neverthless, the Greens are the only mainstream-ish party which is committed to taking the railways back into public ownership, and to opposing TTIP - the innocuous sounding, but quite deadly, Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership. More on this here: wednesdayweek.deviantart.com/j…
Also, the Greens are the only party to have appeared, thus far, on the streets where I live in order to engage with real people. The only
ones. They clearly have little money, but make up for it with a surfeit of enthusiasm and commitment - not least to the democratic process.
At the moment, my intention is to vote for the Green Party.