Lunacy right? I hear you I hear you, you have to vote tactically to keep
the nasty party Red Ed the immigrants the other ones out. I suppose this may be true in a marginal constituency that’s being targeted in a particular election. Might be.
On the other hand, we seem to be managing a predictable swing over a few parliamentary terms between the two main parties. It’s been 92 years of Labour and Conservative. Before that, 64 years of Liberal and Conservative. And this was after 137 years of Whig and Tory, one Peelite hiccup notwithstanding.
Have some perspective people. The two-horse race is a very long one indeed, and despite this system being in place for so long we the masses undoubtedly live better lives than before. Some would argue this has been in decline since 1979, and so perhaps it’s high time to enter a new challenger.
I’ve personally shifted my weak political ties from blue to Green, and I wish other people would do the same, although anything except the BNP would do it for me. Yes, vote UKIP if you want, if it draws votes away from the two main parties.
Neither the Greens nor UKIP will win a majority next year, even though the Greens would be the first party if we voted by policies. But it doesn’t matter. Think longer term. UKIP was close to breaking a million votes in the last general election, and people started paying attention. Imagine if they got two million.
The Greens trail pitifully behind, gaining only 265,000 or so votes in 2010. I’d tentatively argue that it’s easier for right-wing populists to win votes by bashing foreigners than it is for the environmentalists to do so by promising more clean energy. (This is a quandary that I, alas, cannot solve for the Green Party. Any thoughts, blogosphere?)
Regardless, there is surely a lot of untapped voting power that could be swayed by the argument. Give them a massive boost in vote numbers next year, even if they don’t win any seats. The two old horses will start getting nervous. In the case of the Greens it might see a bit less fragmentary behaviour on the left akin to the Popular People’s Front of Judaea, but what do I know.
Think they could manage 500,000 votes? More than the BNP, at least? That would be a great start.
Britain will probably not implode by 2020, and by then the new kids might just have gained enough attention and thus traction to really ruffle some feathers.