Today, the UK goes to the polls in a General Election it did not want, and which its Prime Minister, Theresa May, had repeated said she would not call. I have struggled greatly knowing how to vote:
1. I could not possibly vote Tory. I never have, and cannot imagine how I ever will. Theresa May is seeking a hard Brexit, and has stood aloof from our European friends (promising to be a "difficult women" at the negotiations) while sucking up to Donald Trump. She has continued to pursue austerity, winding down the NHS and education, and now promises to restrict human rights laws as a response to terrorist activity.
2. I could not possibly vote Labour. Jeremy Corbyn is incapable, tolerates antisemitism in the party, and campaigned lukewarmly in the EU Referendum, before lying supine before Mrs May's hard Brexit agenda. Furthermore, his followers and disciples on social media are either rabid dogs who will insult me as Tory Zionist vermin for criticising him, or middle-class metropolitan types who believe he wold win, if only not for the BBC being biased against him.
3. Maybe I could vote for the Lib Dems - they are the one major national party who are standing up for the 48% who did not vote for Brexit, and who want the population to vote on the deal reached.
But then I read the manifestos. I liked Labour and the Lib Dem.
But then I thought about my constituency - only Labour has any chance of evicting the Tory here. Furthermore, the Labour candidate is a Jew who has called Corbyn out on his tolerance of antisemitism, and he is a strong remainer.
But then I thought about the USA, and my annoyance with those on the left who felt they could not stomach Hillary Clinton, so either didn't vote, or squandered their vote on minor parties, so that Donald Trump won.
So, holding my nose a little, I shall vote Labour. Corbyn is useless indeed, but more palatable than May. Even a Corbyn-led government would not be as strongly Brexit as May's government.
I voted this morning. I think the best way to vote in this election is to vote for the party with the best chance of evicting the Tories, and I hope you agree and will vote likewise. But, above all, please do vote, especially if you are under 40. Enough people did not vote in the last election to have significantly altered the result. Not voting is an acceptance of the status quo.