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    Conservative
    86
    26.46%
    labour
    111
    34.15%
    lib dem
    36
    11.08%
    UKIP
    31
    9.54%
    BNP
    7
    2.15%
    Other
    54
    16.62%

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    I'd be interested knowing who the 2 BNP supporters are
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    I like how Labour and Liberal Democrat aren't punctuated correctly but the rest are.

    That is some clever social influence, OP.
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    I personally love the Pirate Party UK and what they stand for.

    And I its so much cooler being called a Pirate than a 'Tory' or other such politcal nicknames
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    Other? Meaning what, Green Party?

    No respect for apathetic voters.
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    Something Liberal and left-leaning economically, but I'm pretty unhappy with every party at the moment.

    Plan is to get rich and start my own party.
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    (Original post by Bornblue)
    You're guilty of the classic 'being right wing is mature' rubbish spouted at.

    You go on and on as if somehow being a conservative is a sign of maturity and that anyone who votes labour is naive.

    Well no. I want to see better public services. I want to see the wealthier in society taxed more and more done to help the poorest.
    Fair play to you for working hard but not everyone has the same opportunities as you. it's not as simple as merely 'hardwork'.

    But how are the conservatives building for the future? By taking away peoples disability allowance? By removing child benefits? By taking away EMA? By privatizing the forests? (or attempting to)

    Under this government unemployment has soared and we've slipped back into recession. Yeah some future plan.
    Future plan? Oh, the irony. Labour has staked everything on the coalition failing to turn the economy around, pretending there is a plan B, without ever offering it, because we all know there isn't one.

    You can't blame Labour for doing so, they hardly have much choice, but make no mistake it's a crap hand they have to play with.

    If the coalition turns the economy around, the medicine is seen to be working and it's way too early to say it isn't, they go into the next election on a – 'we’re to blame for the recovery and they’re to blame for the austerity' – ticket and, whichever way you read that, it's irresistible.

    Labour are like a football team facing relegation, without any games left and having to rely on all the other teams around them losing.

    The stakes could not be higher for them, lose the next one and it's going to be a long time before they get back into power.
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    (Original post by patrickinator)
    What political party would you vote for - trying to establish the variation at the TSR...
    Not necessarily my personal opinion but it may be prudent to include 'None' in there. I'd suspect there are a fair amount of people on this board who would not vote, for whatever reason.
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    (Original post by marcusfox)
    If the coalition turns the economy around, the medicine is seen to be working and it's way too early to say it isn't, they go into the next election on a – 'we’re to blame for the recovery and they’re to blame for the austerity' – ticket and, whichever way you read that, it's irresistible.
    The coalition don't have a hope in hell of turning the economy around because they still havn't come to terms with why it crashed. They're taxing more than New Labour, spending more than New Labour and it seems Osbourne has the same economics advisor as Brown because he keeps babbling on about low interest rates being the key to a successful economy.
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    Demographics usually refers to things like social class, religion, age, family size, etc, not political views. I think you mean "Politics of Student Room".
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    I'd vote for the Libertarian Party if they actually existed beyond the realms of nutjobbery. But for now I'm still a Lib Dem, though in a GE I would vote between the LD's, Conservatives and UKIP, depending on who was the most liberal. Labour, BNP and the SWP etc are parties I'm likely never to vote for. However the Green Party are an oddity since I vehemently dislike their economic policy but their social policies are second to none. Indeed, I'd have voted for them in the Australian election.
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    Shocked about the amount of people voting for the Tories...
    Labour for me. Either that or the Monster Raving Loony Party.
    Not too much difference, to be fair.
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    (Original post by buildalegohouse)
    Shocked about the amount of people voting for the Tories...
    Labour for me. Either that or the Monster Raving Loony Party.
    Not too much difference, to be fair.
    TSR appears to be disproportionately full of people from the Right, particularly Libertarians and Thatcherites - not sure why, but this tilt towards forum-users being mainly right-wing appears elsewhere, not just on TSR. Perhaps Libertarians in particular are very fired up and feel a need to sound off on the internet more than, say, centre-lefties do.
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    I'm broadly speaking centre right and a natural tory voter but given that I support measures to combat and deal with global warming and I'm relatively pro-EU I could easily switch allegiance should these become major issues for the party.
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    (Original post by zara55)
    TSR appears to be disproportionately full of people from the Right, particularly Libertarians and Thatcherites - not sure why, but this tilt towards forum-users being mainly right-wing appears elsewhere, not just on TSR. Perhaps Libertarians in particular are very fired up and feel a need to sound off on the internet more than, say, centre-lefties do.
    I've always just thought libertarianism was a failure of the individual to coexist with society with the very same social incompetence being the reason they spend large amounts of their time being incredibly vocal behind a computer screen.

    I'm a hopeless cynic though.
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    (Original post by Llamageddon)
    I'm broadly speaking centre right and a natural tory voter but given that I support measures to combat and deal with global warming and I'm relatively pro-EU I could easily switch allegiance should these become major issues for the party.
    The coalition don't seem to be much more environment-minded than the previous Labour government (and they did a lot less than they claimed), despite initial enthusiasm and Cameron's Green Tour of the Arctic. They are doing some good things like pushing for more renewables, but this was radically undermined by breaking the promises to maintain feed-in-tariffs at their original level.
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    (Original post by Llamageddon)
    I've always just thought libertarianism was a failure of the individual to coexist with society with the very same social incompetence being the reason they spend large amounts of their time being incredibly vocal behind a computer screen.

    I'm a hopeless cynic though.
    Having had a few arguments with Libertarians in the past, I think it almost approaches a mental illness in both wierdness and intensity. Once you start getting into Ayn Rand and the sick socialist disease of public roads, hospitals and police/ambulance services (they all need privatising apparently) then you really start to get exhausted and just feel like giving up.

    Note that Ayn Randianism is now the dominant ideology in the US which is why they are so profoundly up **** creek, having largely discontinued their public services. Even the armed forces can no longer be paid for there, leaving the road open to, er, "communist" China.
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    How about a 'none' option? I'm not party political in the slightest and, let's face it, whoever's in charge will monumentally **** up somewhere hence why I see little point in sticking to one party over another.
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    (Original post by zara55)
    Having had a few arguments with Libertarians in the past, I think it almost approaches a mental illness in both wierdness and intensity. Once you start getting into Ayn Rand and the sick socialist disease of public roads, hospitals and police/ambulance services (they all need privatising apparently) then you really start to get exhausted and just feel like giving up.
    I loved the take XKCD had on it. "I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but then getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge ******* to everyone.'"

    Equally I get fed up with socialists who don't think the state should get value for money on what it spends and those who dislike high taxes are just greedy. They're less common on the internet though.
    (Original post by zara55)
    The coalition don't seem to be much more environment-minded than the previous Labour government (and they did a lot less than they claimed), despite initial enthusiasm and Cameron's Green Tour of the Arctic. They are doing some good things like pushing for more renewables, but this was radically undermined by breaking the promises to maintain feed-in-tariffs at their original level.
    I'm not actually a huge fan of feed-in-tariffs. With such a limited budget for dealing with and/or avoiding climate change I really don't think they provide enough "bang for your buck". I don't like how it appears to have gone down their list of priorities though as the infrastructure takes decades to properly integrate.
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    (Original post by aeterno)
    How about a 'none' option? I'm not party political in the slightest and, let's face it, whoever's in charge will monumentally **** up somewhere hence why I see little point in sticking to one party over another.
    "I never vote. The government always gets in."
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    (Original post by Llamageddon)
    I loved the take XKCD had on it. "I had a hard time with Ayn Rand because I found myself enthusiastically agreeing with the first 90% of every sentence, but then getting lost at 'therefore, be a huge ******* to everyone.'"

    Equally I get fed up with socialists who don't think the state should get value for money on what it spends and those who dislike high taxes are just greedy. They're less common on the internet though. I'm not actually a huge fan of feed-in-tariffs. With such a limited budget for dealing with and/or avoiding climate change I really don't think they provide enough "bang for your buck". I don't like how it appears to have gone down their list of priorities though as the infrastructure takes decades to properly integrate.
    Yeah, agree with most of your points. There still seems to be a combination of climate crisis and energy crisis building simultaneously and the government making only token gestures to tackle both.

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