The UKIP implosion

The 2015 general election may well have been the last hurrah of the United Kingdom Independence Party, at least if the behaviour of their most senior figures is anything to go by.

First we have the un-resignation of Nigel Farage. He had long pledged that if his bid to become MP of South Thanet was unsuccessful, he would step down as party leader. In fact, what he did was write a letter of resignation to the National Executive Committee. They rejected his resignation, and Farage went from planning his summer fishing trip to announcing he had been ‘persuaded’ to resume the role of party leader.Read More »

Election Day: 7th May 2015

I voted this morning, having carefully weighed up a whole series of pros and cons that cannot be adequately expressed under a First Past the Post system.

My problem in this general election has been twofold:

1. My preferences for local candidate, national manifesto and Prime Minister were all from different parties

2. I’m in a two-way marginal seat with massive pressure to use my vote tactically

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The Lib Dem manifesto

The Liberal Democrats broke their pledge on tuition fees in 2010, but they have made much of the fact that they implemented the pledges made on the front cover of their manifesto. The 2015 manifesto also carries key pledges on its cover, so it’s worth considering that if the Lib Dems again find themselves going into coalition, these are the things they’d fight most strongly for:Read More »

Opposition leaders’ debate, 16/04/2015

The BBC gave us a 90-minute opposition leaders’ debate on Thursday 16th April, hosted by David Dimbleby. The two coalition party leaders, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, were not included in the line-up (Cameron didn’t want to be included; Clegg wanted to but wasn’t invited as the Lib Dems are also in government). So the attendees were: Ed Miliband, Labour party leader Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru leader Natalie Bennett, Green party leader Nicola Sturgeon, SNP leader and Nigel Farage, UKIP leader. Read More »

How do I decide who to vote for?

There are a lot of undecided voters going into this election, and I’m one of them. I desperately want to use my vote in both the council and general elections, but no particular candidate or party excites me. I’ve had a few people say they’re in a similar situation, so I thought I’d share my processes on how to separate the wheat from the chaff:

1. Find out who’s standing in your constituency

You can find your local candidates for MP by typing your postcode in to this site: https://yournextmp.com/

For council elections, you’ll need to identify the name of your ward. You can then Google the ward name plus ‘council candidates 2015’, or, if you’re interested in a particular party, go through their website to see who’s standing in your area.Read More »