It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government still gets in

May 2, 2010

With the UK General Election only a few days away, I guess it’s almost inevitable that the various partisan members of the mass media should start to ramp up their attacks on the political parties they don’t support.

The latest story getting traction across the various social networks like Facebook and Twitter is this one in today’s The Observer (a subset of The Guardian, which has recently voiced support for the Liberal Democrat party).

The gist of it is that a “high-flying prospective Conservative MP” (emphasis mine) has links to a church which has tried to “cure” gay, lesbian and transsexual people through the power of prayer. Kind of reminds me, albeit obliquely, of Kenneth J. Zucker and Ray Blanchard’s attempts to control trans people’s access to medical services by means of so-called “reparative therapy” at the Toronto-based Clarke Institute (CAMH).

I don’t doubt that a member of the conservative Right – Philippa Stroud, in this case – would be involved in an organisation such as the King’s Arms Project which, if The Observer article is to be believed, espoused such hateful methods of social control, and I feel for anyone who’s been subjected to the techniques described in the article.

But while the Conservative Party doesn’t exactly have a squeaky-clean reputation amongst the various trans, gay, lesbian, bi and other communities, I simply don’t believe that any of the big political parties (Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour) are likely to offer much in the way of positive support for trans people. To be honest, the best of an appallingly bad bunch seems to be the Green Party but, under the current “first past the post” voting system, it’s highly unlikely to get into power.

As they say, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government still gets in”.


4 Responses to “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the government still gets in”

  1. Ruth Says:

    Yeah. :-(

    I guess, at least Labour brought in the GRA which is better than nothing, but as you pointed out on twitter, it’s still a long way from ideal.

    Sometimes feels like a case of voting for the least awful option. Where’s my “none of the above” box on the ballot paper?

  2. Astrid Says:

    @ Ruth: can’t you vote blank in the UK? In the Netherlands you can, but of course it will have the effect of the least awful party missing out on one vote.

  3. Helen G Says:

    Astrid: No, that option isn’t available here. You could spoil your ballot paper, or simply not bother to vote (abstain), but there is no ‘official’ recognition of the right not to vote.

  4. chartreuseflamethrower Says:

    How would not voting effect anything? In the US if you don’t vote then… you don’t vote. It doesn’t really do anything- they just count the people who did vote and whine about how nobody cares about politics enough to get off their lazy butt and get to the polls. :/

    I’m guessing the idea is that if you’re nterested enough to go and actually say “I don’t support any of these people”- it’s clearly not laziness, and if enough people do it then there’s a problem?

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