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Lib Link: Stephen Tall: The ins and outs of tactical voting (nose pegs optional)

Our esteemed former co-editor Stephen Tall has a piece on the Independent Voices site looking into tactical voting. Why might you, he asks:

For all the complexity of political debates about the economy, public services, the environment and immigration, the choice each of us faces when handed our ballot paper is simple: which candidate should receive our solitary “X”?

Suppose you’re a Conservative supporter living in Nick Clegg’s seat of Sheffield Hallam; should you stick by your party, even if that means handing the seat to Labour? Or lend your vote to the Lib Dem leader this time?

Or perhaps you’re a Scot who wants to see the UK stick together – then the canny choice will be the candidate best-placed to thwart the SNP. Danny Alexander is pinning his hopes of survival in his Inverness seat on rallying anti-nationalist voters.

He adds that voting for the party that most reflects your values is not always the best way of getting something like your values enacted under the first past the post electoral system:

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  • Hauwa Usman
    First of all there are many Lib dem members living outside the UK and Europe, in about 17 different countries; USA, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Niger...
  • Colin Bloodworth
    One final blast in response to the many comments: I was glad to read some of the comments because they highlight the misconceptions many have about people wh...
  • Denis Mollison
    I agree with Chris...
  • James Fowler
    The Conservatives have an almost total arm lock on the pensioner vote, and this scheme is clearly intended to utilize that hegemony. Few pensioners abroad are l...
  • Chris
    @Brad Barrows. Thank you for your response, Mr Barrows. I was unaware of any "informal commitments", by the West. To be quite frank, it is my belief that the...