Just for those who had not heard we
are in the approach to a General Election in the U.K. I live in one
of the safest seats in the country where the sitting MP got 49% of
the vote last time round. With the other two candidates splitting the
rest of the vote.
Anyway I just got this email from a
friend (I've removed some details to hide the senders identity):
Is tactical voting morally acceptable,
would you say?
I can't decide: do I vote LibDem - and in XXXX
they are currently 2nd and stand a chance - to register my
displeasure with Bliar?
Or do I vote Labour, despite not
liking them, so as to avoid any possibility of the Cons getting back
in nationally? Labour losing XXXX to LibDem could mean that they
don't have enough seats.
whether the politics of the parties, is if you support Party X and
don't want Party Y to form a government is it right to vote
tactically for Party Z if they are the only one to realistically
challenge Party Y in your seat?
My answer is yes.
In the first past the post system we have tactical voting is entirely
justified. However on the precise question unless the Tories could
win the seat there is no issue. If the Lib Dems were to win the seat
it moves us closer to a hung parliament which would be a very
different thing than a Tory win.