Last night I went to Hammersmith
and Fulham FOE's pre-election meet-the-candidates thingy to try
and make up my mind about who to vote for.
The Lib Dem was, as expected, a dorky looking type without much
presence nor firm policy. The Tory, again as expected, was smarmy,
charming and completely full of shit. The Labour candidate was
surprising. Far from being parachuted in by Neo Labour Head Office
(our sitting Labour member is standing down this election) she's
actually a passionate local campaigner.
I didn't stick around for the Green candidate. She's apparently a
"lifestyle coach", whatever that means. I think you'd be hard pressed
to find me a candidate's profession I'd be less likely to vote
So it looks like, despite being from a party that is a lying sack of
think she's the right one to go for. In this appalling
first-past-the-post voting system, in a tight electorate with the
Tories only 2,000 votes behind, I think the fact that the candidate's
heart is in the right place counts for a lot.
You may wonder why I'm not voting Lib Dem. Well, I'm not convinced
they're not just the socially liberal part of the Tory party. They
certainly seem to believe a lot in laissez-faire free market
So, it seems, I'll be voting for Melanie
Smallman. I will, however, be making sure she knows I'm not
voting for Iraq or for Tony Bliar.