So the General Election has been announced for the 6th May. About time too considering everyone was pretty confident it’d be that date! As previous entries have shown, I’m a news nerd. I absolutely love it and spend ridiculous amounts of my day reading through various news sites out of morbid curiosity. I love politics too so a general election is all rather exciting for me.

This time round it looks to be a particularly interesting one, namely because there’ll probably be a change of power. I’m very far from being a fan of the Conservatives but I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s who takes over. It’ll be interesting to see what else happens though. Whether the Lib Dems, Greens et al get a few extra votes, and just how badly Labour actually does.

For me personally it’s a tough one. I don’t particularly like the Labour party, they’ve done various things in the past 13 years that I’ve disliked. However nor do I want the Conservatives to get through either as some of their policies are rather disturbing to me to say the least. Can’t really see anyone else winning so it’s an awkward one. Roll on proportional representation and all that.

I’m most inclined to vote Lib Dem but there’s that nagging feeling in the back of my head that it’s a wasted vote. Then again if everyone thought that and didn’t vote for them…

Either way, I need to read up on some policies. Got to be informed after all and do my civic duty and all that. I know the basics for the main three parties but I need to know more than that and be refreshed on some past points. Plus I’ll still read up on the smaller parties even if the likes of Plaid Cymru (as I’m in Wales), UKIP and the BNP scare the crap out of me.

On a lighter note, have a look at VoteforPolicies and see what policies/party matches your views. Plus if you fancy spending a few quid on a game based around democracy, have a look at Democracy 2. I’ve just bought it after reading about it on RockPaperShotgun and initial impressions are very good, especially for £8.80.

Oh and please do vote. We citizens get far too few opportunities to express our opinion as it is. Even if you just go and ruin your ballot paper because you can’t decide who to vote for, at least you turned up! Nothing can ever change if we just sit back and ignore the political system as it is. Hell, even a vote for the Monster Raving Loony party is something if you’re too disenchanted by the main three!

Blog a Day 96of365: The General Election