Tories set to lose Uxbridge & South Ruislip – after voters saw through ULEZ deception?

Change of mind: voters in Uxbridge & South Ruislip aren’t happy about being fooled into supporting the Tories, it seems. Polling suggests they’ll switch sides at the general election. But why just swap a useless Tory for a useless Labour MP?

The Conservatives will lose a Parliamentary seat they retained at a by-election – because the electorate is angry that they won it by lying about a measure to stop vehicle pollution in London.

It is widely believed that the Conservatives won the by-election in Uxbridge & South Ruislip on July 20, 2023, by claiming that Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan had imposed the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) on London, where drivers with the most polluting cars pay a fee to travel.

In fact, the ULEZ was imposed in 2013 by a Conservative – the same Conservative whose resignation forced the Uxbridge and South Ruislip by-election to take place: Boris Johnson.

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The implication is that voters in the constituency formerly occupied by the politician who introduced the ULEZ were fooled into voting for his party’s candidate in protest against it:

People don’t like that sort of thing.

But This Writer is mystified as to why they would vote Labour instead.

There will be a number of other candidates for this Parliamentary seat at the general election, and I would advise anybody in the Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency to consider very carefully what each one is offering before deciding where to place their ‘X’.

I’ve stated it before, and no doubt I’ll do so again:

You simply cannot vote tribally – for the party you think represents you – at the next general election.

Instead – and I cannot stress this strongly enough – if you want your vote to mean anything, you have to actually find out what the candidates in your constituency are planning to do, if they are lucky enough to be elected.

That is what party manifestos are for. Independent candidates also have policy documents and they will all be online for you to find and read.

You need to find and read these policy documents, and then you need to make a dispassionate choice, based on what you have read.

Which of the candidates offers the most policies that fit what you need? And, by that, I mean: who will improve your own life the most?

Do not consider how other people will vote, either in your constituency or the other 649 around the UK. That is not your concern.

It is not for you to worry about which party will get enough votes to actually enact its policies. This will lead you down the usual garden path to voting in a government that won’t do anything at all for the good of the country, like the one we’ve had since 2010.

BE SELFISH. Bizarrely, it might be the only way to get the kind of government that all of us need.

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One Comment

  1. Tony February 20, 2024 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Labour sabotaged its own campaign in that by election.

    Made no effort whatsoever to defend the policy.

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