On tomorrow’s election

Yes! to fairer votes

Tomorrow I’ll be exercising my democratic right to vote in the Scottish Parliament general election 2011 and the UK-wide Alternative Vote referendum.

Still not 100% decided on who I’ll vote for tomorrow—having voted for the Liberal Democrats in every election since I’ve been eligible to vote; voting for David Steel, Simon Hughes, Charles Kennedy, some-bloke-in-Edinburgh-who-wasn’t-that-famous, and Sir Menzies Campbell… and yes, I do know those were for Westminster seats—I do feel a little uneasy about voting for the LibDems because of the Conservative-LibDem alliance in London.

That said, and as Fr Kelvin pointed out in a blog post today, I should be voting on policies not personalities or to ‘punish’ Nick Clegg for a decision with which I disagree.

So I turned to Scottish Vote Compass to see what it could discern about me. And surprisingly it just about got it right:

20110504-scottishvotecompass

Scottish Liberal Democrats
23%
Scottish Greens
22%
Scottish Labour
20%
Scottish National Party
0%
Scottish Conservatives
-12%

That’s a pretty close result with the top three there: 23%, 22% and 20%, which I guess is why I am in favour of the Alternative Vote system.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

One thought on “On tomorrow’s election”

  1. I tried that voting compass thing too and the only party to get a negative score for me was the tories. Greens scored quite well for me, which is odd as I’ve never considered voting for them, and still don’t.

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