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Grantham Journal columnist Peter Clawson: Oh, which way to vote!

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

People who insist that both main political parties in this year’s General Election are basically the same couldn’t be more mistaken.

Although many policies seem somewhat similar, their fundamental community philosophies are poles apart. More than ever nowadays it appears that the Conservatives put money before people, while Labour does the reverse.

The Tory stance infuriates me because I have always believed that no amount of money alone can justify the loss of a single human life. But on the other hand it doesn’t mean I see Labour as shining examples of whom to vote for. Far from it!

Their biggest problem seems to be shooting themselves in the foot at all levels. This includes leaving themselves wide open to unscrupulously laid media traps at national level, which gives the Tories all the ammunition they need to capitalise on unjust attacks. and apparently committing electoral suicide locally by opposing the bypass Grantham has needed so desperately for more than half a century. Plus transforming their General Election candidate selection process from the sublime to the ridiculous.

In view of such main party drawbacks, among others, as a genuine floating voter, I am still drifting one way and the other. This hasn’t always been the case. When I voted Conservative in the past, it was not because I supported the rich, as it would be now, but exactly the opposite. True Tory policies used to be a free hand in making money, but only after the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society had been looked after as comfortably as possible.

Voting Labour in 1997 was a blow against rampant Tory sleaze. It started well with much needed reforms and a minimum wage, but then they shot themselves in the Iraqi desert.

Oh well! Another UKIP protest vote ...maybe?


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