I'm not asking for your direction of vote, just the reasoning behind it. And if you're not able to vote (too young, too foreign, too tardy to register) but perhaps think you know how you would/wouldn't vote, anyway, you're welcome too.
(Yes, it's complicated. It's a complicated thing. You ought to have seen it before I cut it down!)
I've been pondering this, and perhaps Mods might imagine that this should all be lumped into the Brexit thread, because of a number of questions...
Given that all major national parties were split1 on that issue at both parliamentary and voter level, is a vote for a party (or a potentially counter-viewed candidate for a party) a useful indicator of where the support is for a May-Leave approach?
In Scotland, will the election will be additionally a mish-mash including a repeat of IndyRef sensibilities?
And then there's Norn Irn, that always has Unionist/Nationalist element.
Should there then just have been a Snap Referendum (perhaps coordinated with a follow-up Snap Indyref, etc, following the processing of the first results) and keep the party politics out of it, as much as possible?
Or with both main party leaders (currently, in two senses) being 'happy' to go with Brexit, are we actually sort-of-validly voting for party policies (only one of which is Brexit) and/or the usual problematic bundle of confidence in candidates/party/leader and local FPTP conditions?
1 And even 7-10% of UKIP supporters were Remain-voters, apparently/amusingly.
But assuming that it is a separate issue, is it a foregone conclusion (even without that issue)? Does the middle-ground of the LibDems benefit from the leftwards-swing of Labour's top of the hierarchy and polarisation at that side of the spectrum? What about the right-of-centre and right-of-right-of-centre? What if there's an upset of whatever kind in the final month - a "Comey"-style one, or worse? Well, if this thread stands then this might be the place to raise it as it happens.
If you're a UK voter (or not (yet), but the results have meaning for you anyway), you now have a choice of loyalties or otherwise, depending on your local political terrain.
Furriners might even have opinions, or at least impressions, although obviously that thread might be more useful if it's solely about aspects of the particular singular issue already in play. But it's only fair to welcome international commentary, as I've definitely opined about the US elections and definitely had thoughts about the progress of the French/etc electoral process, even if I've not mentioned it here.
I'm considering a multidimensional poll, but so far I have been unable to keep it simple in my mind and fred of possible personal bias.
I had planned to leave this until after today's Local Elections were closed (though not run in my own area), but it actually doesn't hurt to set this up before we get to see the loosely-indicative results and the usual significant amount of protest voting that may show the lay of the land before us, and thus get some Wild Ass Guessing going first.
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For myself, so that this isn't just a post of rambling questions, I know that my personal vote will change nothing. Yet as of this moment, I can't even envisage a valid or meaningful protest vote trumping my natural inclinations (I dislike protest/tactical voting, on principle, but I have also previously promised myself that I'd definitely vote OMRLP if they ever appeared on my voting slip). I am not optimistic that the 'right' votes will be cast for the 'right' reasons, and I'm actually quite hoping for a major unforseeable upset in the month ahead just to shake things up and make it more interesting. Ideally just shaking politics, of course, not actual people or society.