Posted: 08/04/2010 at 09:15
Well to be honest, I understand very little of what people are discussing in this thread.
I'm a first-time voter and I've always been slightly put-off by politics. When I was younger I just thought it was boring and didn't concern me, but I've taken more of an interest as I've gotten older. However, I still find myself getting very frustrated when I see politician after politician on TV failing to give a straight answer to any question. All I want to know about are the policies - what's REALLY going to happen when Lab/Con/Lib Dem/whoever gets in power? That's why I still tend to switch off when politics is discussed and why I can no longer watch Question Time without getting annoyed. And I won't even get started on the snippet of Prime Minister's Questions which I listened to yesterday. Do they really think that shouting each other down and acting like adolescents will win them votes?
Anyway, I've just stumbled across this website: Vote for Policies. It allows you to take a survey in which you tick which policies you agree with without seeing the parties behind them until the end. It then tells you which party you've tended to agree with throughout the survey. The result was fairly surprising to me!
The website shows the average results of the survey so far. The Green Party is currently way in the lead, followed by the Lib Dems, with Labour and Conservative trailing behind. If the majority of the 50,000+ people who've taken the survey so far have agreed with other policies, I'm baffled as to why Labour and Conservative are automatically the front-runners in this election... Would anyone else realistically stand a chance of getting in?
And who is thinking of their LOCAL situation and who considers their vote as a vote for Cameron/Brown/Clegg/A.N other? I don't live in Oxfordshire. Cameron is not my MP. I've never been to Cowdenbeath either. Yet I hear people talking about "ousting Brown all the time"
I remember when I first discovered a few years ago that you vote for your local MP in an election, not the person you want to be PM. I was shocked by this, and I don't think many young people understand the situation. I'm worried that people vote according to who they want to be PM, or who has the most appealing personality.