Vote for Policies

by Richard on April 20, 2010

With an election approaching, Vote for Policies is a fascinating and very useful website. It sets out the policies of 6 political parties on 9 main areas - economy, democracy, health, immigration, environment, welfare, crime, education and Europe - and invites you to choose ‘blind’ from the list. At the en, it tells you which of the parties’ policies you picked.

Party activists will no doubt recognize their own policies and pick them out easily. The rest of us probably have to think about our choices.

So which party should get your vote? Take the survey…

Here’s a fascinating fact. So far, the site has had 144,959 completed surveys. And the Greens are way out in front. UKIP and the BNP are nowhere to be seen.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }


malc 04.20.10 at 12:11 pm

Well, according to that my vote is split 25% UKIP/75% Labour… two parties that certainly aren’t getting my vote!!


Richard 04.20.10 at 12:29 pm

I’m curious, Malc. You clearly overwhelmingly support Labour’s policies. So why not vote for them?


malc 04.20.10 at 2:09 pm

Because while in princible they might very well be the party I’d naturally support, their actions have continually gone against things that I think are important. The present (or as it’s been disolved, the last) government has continually been weak on things that are important for this country, such as future power needs, and yet force fox hunting through the House of Lords… call me crazy, but if I had to chose what’s important between keeping the lights on when the next set of power stations close down in 10-15 years or protecting the 1200 or so foxes that were sucessfully caught by dogs*.

And I can’t see another Labour Government being any different… but if they loose they might very well sort themselves out in time for 2014/15 and the next general election.

* - ironically MORE foxes now die as hunts can’t take the risk that the dogs catch the fox and so if they flush one out a marksman has to shoot it!! In the langauge of the yoof, “FAIL!”


Richard 04.20.10 at 4:42 pm

I’ll leave arguing about fox hunting to another day, but I take your point about Labour. My score came out almost entirely Green, with a smidge of Lib-Dem. I’ll be voting with my convictions.


Kim 04.20.10 at 5:01 pm

On crime, education, environment, and immigration (the four issues I chose), my result was 100% Green. I’m a Christian: I back losers.

Btw, the BNP and BNP Lite (i.e. UKIP) combined are 20%. I don’t think that’s “nowhere to be seen”, Richard.


Paul Martin 04.20.10 at 6:58 pm

I can’t load the …… thing!

So I have one up on Kim. Not only do I vote for losers but I am a loser!


Richard 04.20.10 at 7:00 pm

Okay, I overstated it. But it strikes me that having two such parties splits their vote nicely. If they were to combine, it would be a different story.


Richard 04.20.10 at 7:06 pm

Paul: ;)


Pam 04.20.10 at 10:59 pm

From afar, looks like the election campaign is following the script: The Good, The Okay & The Ugly.


malc 04.21.10 at 9:27 am

Look at it this way, with proportional representation that 20% gives BNP/UKIP 130 MPs… now there’s a sobering thought for all the PR fans (usually Lib Dems).


Richard 04.21.10 at 9:52 am

Except that there is no BNP/UKIP joint platform.


malc 04.21.10 at 10:00 am

fine if you’re going to be picky, taking the 2005 election where UKIP took 2.2% of the vote (and came 4th) and the BNP 0.7% (and were 8th) would have given UKIP 14 seats and the BNP 4-5 seats (works out at 4.55 of seat).

To be honest that’s 18 (/19) more seats than I’m comfortable with them having.


Darren 04.27.10 at 8:02 pm

Does anyone know why the survey wont load for me??


Vince 05.03.10 at 7:17 pm

I found I could tell the Labour policies from a mile away- they were the ones that contained no actual policies :/
Very confused by GB telling people to vote for substance, seems to me like his parties bottom out of 6 for that.
(Incidentally, did anyone else think the BNP policy on crime seemed worryingly reasonable?)


Paul Martin 05.03.10 at 8:51 pm


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