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Which party do you plan to vote for in the General Election? Jan-Feb opinion poll watch

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    Conservative
    108
    22.74%
    Labour
    112
    23.58%
    Liberal Democrats
    28
    5.89%
    UKIP
    50
    10.53%
    SNP
    15
    3.16%
    Sinn Féin
    5
    1.05%
    Green Party
    117
    24.63%
    Plaid Cymru
    2
    0.42%
    SDLP
    3
    0.63%
    DUP
    4
    0.84%
    Independent
    3
    0.63%
    Alliance
    1
    0.21%
    Respect
    2
    0.42%
    Other (please state in a post)
    4
    0.84%
    Not voting
    21
    4.42%

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    (Original post by 10001)
    We're not just talking about one or two silly laws about whether it should be illegal to cycle on the grass!!!!!! These laws are negatively affecting the economy and society of Britain and most importantly the British people are not having a say/are unaware.
    Such as? And who says the economy should be as Importent as it is.
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    (Original post by cBay)
    Out of interest, why are you against a written constitution?
    It would be a painstaking process, how do you reach compromise, what the people actually want might not be achievable and there would be adverse consequences if it was to fail
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Such as? And who says the economy should be as Importent as it is.
    Are you crazy? The economy is the most important thing for any government. A strong economy means good living conditions and free healthcare etc.
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    (Original post by 10001)
    Are you crazy? The economy is the most important thing for any government. A strong economy means good living conditions and free healthcare etc.
    Happiness is more Importent then money.
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    (Original post by 10001)
    "UK outside of EU would not have introduced 50% of EU financial rules" - Business for Britain
    And yet despite this, 84% of respondents to TheCityUK's survey of views on the EU would prefer if the UK remained a member. Standardising a single regulatory framework for financial services is seen as the second most significant benefit to membership amongst its members.
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Happiness is more Importent then money.
    I completely agree, but you need to have the infrastructure in place first, which comes from the economy. I'm sure many people living in slums or on the street are even less happy and if their country's economy was richer they would have a better quality of life.

    (+ this has gone massively off-topic).
    (++ Jesus is the way to true happiness!).
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    (Original post by 10001)
    I completely agree, but you need to have the infrastructure in place first, which comes from the economy. I'm sure many people living in slums or on the street are even less happy and if their country's economy was richer they would have a better quality of life.

    (+ this has gone massively off-topic).
    (++ Jesus is the way to true happiness!).
    No community is the way to achieve happiness, many people in slums are often really happy and money has nothing to do with it. Give people what they need and they will be happy.

    yes it has and no he isn't.
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    Its a sorry state of affairs when none if the parties are even worth voting for. I never look to the promises they make, oh no, I look at which one is likely to cause the least damage because none of them are competent enough to do the job right. If I have to vote, I might just grab myself a hat, write the party names on pieces of paper and then randomly pick one from the hat. I have no faith in the system to deliver at all. If anything, we're going to end up with a split personality coalition again that combined the worst of the two in the coalition and delivers us further into the dumps. Thats my two cents
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Would you mind providing proof of this?
    What proof? Go look at the european agreements concerning trade.


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    (Original post by missfats)
    What proof? Go look at the european agreements concerning trade.


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    Just did can't see anything.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Labour, setting aside their spin, remain basically a Blairite party of the new right, committed to a neoliberal agenda and unwilling and unable to tackle the massive inequality built into the system now. They are a rump party, sold off long ago to corporate interests and only surviving at all because the unions seem to be pathetically unable to break away and form a new party.

    The Tories are the same, only more so.

    The LibDems have been fully exposed as empty pointless windbags and humbugs, a sort of Tory Party on the cheap.

    UKIP are pathetic racist old duffers and xenophobes.

    It has to be Green for me.
    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Having said that (unless you live in Brighton) voting Green will only fracture the Labour vote and, given a straight choice between Labour and Conservative I think the choice is always going to be the former.
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    I agree with the idea of being green in terms of how we treat the environment, but their manifesto is kind of crazy.

    55mph maximum speed on the Motorways, anyone??
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    (Original post by stannis)
    Just interested, how do you square being a libertarian with support for the EU. Almost every Libertarian i can think of opposes it on the grounds of being the anthisesis of small government and individual liberty.

    Can I just say UKIP are far more than a Single issue party. Lets have a look at some of their Non EU related positions.
    Education - Only mainstream UK party (Not counting the NI parties) to support grammar schools. Coming from NI, and from a lower income family, I went to the local grammar school and am proud to say I now am a Law student. Grammar schools provide social mobility for poor kids who are bright. Also NI consistently outperforms the rest of the UK at GCSE and A Level, I believe this is due to our abundance of grammars. So thats a good policy.

    HS2 - I believe the kippers are one of the only parties to oppose HS2 and instead advocate using the astronomical cost of this project to invest in existing lines.

    Tax - Support increasing Personal allowance to Cover All minimum wage workers.

    NHS - Ill admit this is where the party is at Its weakest. I wish they would just have the balls to come out and advocate privatisation, But they cant because they want to take Labour votes in the North, and we all know the NHS ranks above Jesus and Muhammad in the national psyche.

    Foreign Policy - largely non interventionist, opposed Action in Syria and Libya.

    Now you may disagree with everything ive just said, But it does demonstrate that Ukip are far more than a Single issue party, and so are the Greens who have some quite radical ideas on economic issues.
    I am a libertarian, but I can see common sense- I also see the creation of a single market, with no limits or quotas on trade such as the EU allowing people to buy and sell what they wish without government intervention. I am a market libertarian as well as just a general one- I agree with Milton Friedman on the issues of free trade. I do agree that there are some negatives- quite a few actually- about the EU, but I do think the economic gains outweigh the negatives.

    I completely agree that grammar schools are fantastic- and should be completely revived. I hope the Conservatives will come around to that. I should of said this perhaps however- They were formed as a single policy party, and have only started filling in the gaps more recently since they've become more popular. Many of their headline policies are the most populist things imaginable, such as 'Scap the Bedroom Tax' etc. They may have the headline policies, but they're too new of a party, and too bogged down in one issue to have a full plan for the other policies. They don't have to worry about anything such as the economy or the deficit etc- they know they basically have a blank check for promises/policies as they know they're not going to be leading a government. The only power they will gain is in the form of a Coalition- and I can tell you if they do their main caveat for forming a government will be leaving the EU, or bringing forward the referendum- not bringing back grammar schools.
    I just think it's very easy to be preaching 'common sense solutions' to quote Al Murray when they know they won't be put under the microscope.
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    lots of really lame trolls in this thread, if you want a reply then quote me to say something worthwhile or do us all a favour & go back to your caves.
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    (Original post by gonnagetrejected)
    greens have an obsession with poor people. they love to encourage people to stay that way
    Maybe 'an obsession with poor people' is a good thing, due to the idiots in this world who seem to think, if you aren't rich you are hardly classed as anything in this world. The Greens may actually do something for these people rather than make the situation even worse.
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    (Original post by Aph)
    Happiness is more Importent then money.
    You can never possibly have happiness if you aren't healthy, have food on the table, you're clothed and have somewhere you can call home. But what gets you all of these things? MONEY.
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    (Original post by Jean-Luc Picard)
    lots of really lame trolls in this thread, if you want a reply then quote me to say something worthwhile or do us all a favour & go back to your caves.
    I'll try it then- Greens, a party with a good overall ideology, but completely overrun with closet socialists and a mishmash of anti-capitalism policies that if implemented would likely bring the country to their knees. Their lack of organisational skills are shown by the shambles of their Brighton constituency.

    If you vote green as a message to the major parties that you want a shift towards greener policies then go ahead, if it's actually in the hope they gain some power then it is worrying- they have the same ability to avoid all real scrutiny as UKIP do, by being a fringe party. Whilst I have slightly more respect for them- they aren't just pandering to populist policies, and probably truly believe they could run the country- I certainly think they couldn't, and they ignore huge issues such as the increasing national debt.

    The best thing about the Green's in my opinion is their ability to split the Labour vote. My philosophy is this, and always will be- The best form of society is one in which the average person- by that I mean the medium, not mean, as in someone earning in the 50th percentile- is best off, as long as the worse off people are above a certain threshold- and have support to try to rise above that threshold- ie incentives of returning to work, high employment etc. If communism worked- as in if everyone was equal in wealth above the medium wealth in a capitalist society, I would jump straight over there. However, it doesn't. Rich people are needed to drive employment, to create wealth and pay the taxes (Top 1% pay 30% of taxes). The thing parties such as the Greens, and Labour seem to ignore is the fact that redistributing wealth can alter the amount of wealth. It's not like the UK is a pot of X billion, which can be spread around freely- it is a pot of X billion, that will shrink or grow depending on how it's distributed. A shift to socialism as advocated by the Greens would make the medium person poorer I believe, and hence is something to be avoided.

    I'd like to hear what you think about this
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    (Original post by caral99)
    You can never possibly have happiness if you aren't healthy, have food on the table, you're clothed and have somewhere you can call home. But what gets you all of these things? MONEY.
    no people provide all these things.



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    Heavily tempted to just spoil my ballot paper as I feel there is no point. Other than that, I would vote Conservatives, as they are better than the alternatives.
 
 
 
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