This is why you should vote with your conscience and not tactically

This is why you should vote with your conscience and not tactically

It’s abundantly clear now that the Conservatives won’t be in government after July 4. This is why you should vote with your conscience and not tactically.

The point was hammered home very clearly when (current) prime minister Rishi Sunak tried to boast about his record in government on ITV’s This Morning. He said: “With me you’ve got someone who has the courage of their convictions. You know where I stand. You always know where I am.”

In response, presenter Cat Deeley said: “People have lost faith.”

And they have. Sunak has spent weeks trying to talk up the Tories, but he cannot deny the evidence of our senses. The entire quality of life – for the vast majority of people in the United Kingdom – has collapsed since the Conservatives took over from Gordon Brown’s Labour Party in 2010.

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It was never more clear than when Sunak tried to insist that the UK is a better place to live now than it was in 2010.

He told Laura Kuenssberg, on her Sunday morning BBC show, that

the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine had made life “difficult for everyone” but added that the country was now “on the right track”.


rejected a “declinist narrative”, and defended Brexit saying it was “utterly wrong” to suggest the UK had lost its standing in the world since leaving the EU.

“Inflation back to normal, the economy growing again, wages rising, energy bills set to fall again, now we are able to cut people’s taxes,” he said.

But we know that normal inflation still means prices are rising; a growing economy benefits the rich asset-owners more than the people who actually make it work; wages aren’t rising anywhere like fast enough to make up for the loss of income we’ve suffered over the last 14 years (while the rich benefited hugely, let’s not forget); energy bills only rose because privatisation made the UK vulnerable to foreign price fluctuations; and taxes need to rise – concentrated on the super-rich – if the situation is ever going to be likely to improve.

So we know that Sunak’s words are nonsense and neither he nor his party deserve to be returned to Parliament, let alone government.

That is reflected in the opinion polls, that show the Tories hovering around 20 per cent – which is not enough, if spread across the whole of the UK, to give them a Parliamentary majority… or even very many seats at all.

Labour is the party set to benefit the most from the collapse of support for the Tories – and Keir Starmer’s crowd of cronies seem set to win by a landslide greater even than that won by Tony Blair in 1997. But it is likely to happen with fewer votes than Jeremy Corbyn won in 2019 – the election that is consistently portrayed as the worst drubbing Labour has had since it became one of the top two political organisations in the UK.

Why will Labour win with fewer votes? Because huge numbers of voters, turning away from the Tories, still won’t support Labour – and because huge numbers of Labour voters have been pushed away by Starmer’s many purges of innocent people who he and his lieutenants have falsely accused of any number of offences. Also because Labour’s offer to voters is singularly uninspiring.

Labour will win, thanks to the efforts of tribal voters who will support anything under that party’s banner – even a Tory, and thanks to those of tactical voters who will go against their own best interests, just to get the Tories out.

The predicted size of Labour’s majority means pundits are already suggesting that Keir Starmer’s strongest opposition will come from within his own party, because no other group will be large enough.

That may be so.

But there is a significant number of candidates who are Independent with “traditional Labour” left-wing policies, along with Green, Workers Party and other candidates who could form a broad coalition, if elected to Parliament, that could at the very least put alternatives to Labour’s economic and social nonsense before the public.

With the vote for Labour and the Tories likely to be so low, these alternative candidates have a genuine chance of winning in the few constituencies where they are standing – and they are the only ones with a genuine chance of organising opposition to a government with an overwhelming majority.

If you can recognise the danger of an overwhelming Labour majority, won with the support of a very small proportion of the electorate, then vote with your conscience – and ensure that Keir Starmer has the opposition he deserves.

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