Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs

I saw a Tory party election broadcast this evening. It was encouraging me to "Vote for Change" on the 4th of June. Those elections are for the County Council and European parliament, Cambridgeshire County Council is Tory controlled, and the Tories have the largest number of the East of England MEPs. Are they sure they want me to vote for change?

I'm irritated at an entirely cynical play to the "give the government a kicking" idea, no matter how much they might deserve it. Europe was only very briefly mentioned near the end of the broadcast, and even that only to mention a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, which is a Westminster decision. I've some idealistic principle which says that people should be encouraged to vote on the issues that are within the remit of those they're voting for.

Actually, I'm also irritated that it takes so long to dig around and find any information either at a personal or party level for the European elections. After lot of searching for stuff, I eventually found BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development) have a list of contact details for all candidates from the at least reasonably major parties, including candidates' web sites where available.


Wikipedia's page mentions others, but I can't be bothered with giving details for BNP, English Democrat(s), UKIP, UK First (UKIP splitters party) or NO2EU (this year's hard left alliance, this time with a strong europhobic slant).

So, at some point I'll do my best to review the information available and come to a personal conclusion on how to vote (admittedly, informed strongly by previous decisions)
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