No such thing as a 'wasted vote'

COMMON opinion says we're now little over two months away from a General Election, and party bandwagons across the country are shifting into gear.

COMMON opinion says we're now little over two months away from a General Election, and party bandwagons across the country are shifting into gear.

Aspiring politicos of all persuasions are dusting off their snappy suits and colourful rosettes, and preparing to hit the campaign trail to convince people why they most deserve the public vote.

Or at least, that's how it should be.

But here in Weston, one party's candidate has already conceded defeat, dropping out of the race and signalling his wish to see a rival party secure the victory.


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Doctor Richard Lawson - who earned close to 1,300 votes when he stood previously - secured his Green candidacy as an embodiment of the party's ideals, and spoke boldly of the need for action on his environmental agenda.

Undoubtedly he would have won friends and support, even if - as he suspects - not in sufficient numbers to have triumphed.

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Yet those ideals and would-be voters have been abandoned.

What do Green Party voters do now?

'Vote Liberal Democrat' is Dr Lawson's instruction in what he transparently admits is a tactical ploy to deny victory to the Conservatives.

But how much credibility do these instructions have?

Many prospective Green voters will feel marginalised and betrayed by Dr Lawson's concession, so it's difficult to imagine an ongoing loyalty which would see them follow the instructions of a party which has turned its back on them.

Whether one supports Britain's 'first past the post' electoral system or not, the fundamental principal which allows freedom of candidature and voting makes Dr Lawson's decision unfathomable.

He may feel otherwise, but minority party backers will argue there's no such thing as a 'wasted vote' - the chance to throw your weight behind a cause or ideal you believe in makes your vote a significant message, even if it's not in a winning cause.

And that's exactly what the Green Party option stands for - or at least, what it could have stood for, and what the people of Weston will now be denied.

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