My, but this election suddenly got interesting…
I like seeing politicians sweat, and by Friday morning the body politic is going to smell like the collected jockstraps of the Six Nations touring teams after being left in a locker for a month. I shouldn’t be gleeful, but I am.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, go out and vote. I don’t care who you vote for, but put your X in a box or spoil your paper. Participate.
Own the government before they pwn you.
There are even tools of varying sophistication that will help you work out which party best represents your views.
- I’ve put a link to the Political Compass here before. It’s a shortish quiz that asks about your attitudes and shows you were you sit on a political “map” in comparison with the main parties.
- I was impressed by choosing between the politicians’ answers to questions on the My Vote Advisor quiz – it’s time-consuming, but you can miss sections out if you like.
- Votematch – is reasonably comprehensive and reflects policies not philosophy; the result is adjusted according to which issues are most important to you.
- Vote for policies – does what it says on the tin and presents you with the parties’ policies to choose from.
None is perfect though they are reassuringly consistent in how they rated my views of the main parties. However, I discovered some big surprises in how closely my views match those of some of the smaller parties.