Unlike some people, I'm not a huge fan of politics. I find some of it interesting, but I never learned enough to really engage with all the policy debates and discussions about 'reform' and so on.
I used to think deciding who to vote for was a simple case of finding out whether you were 'left', 'right' or 'in the middle', and then supporting the corresponding party. This year I have decided to do at least a modicum of research before I cast my vote. So I started today by checking out some party websites.
The Tory website looks the coolest. I wish I could make my decision based on that.
Labour are trying to be cool, by having a live Twitter feed on theirs.
The Lib Dems have entirely copied Somerfield's colour scheme, much to my queasiness.
I knew, however, that to make an informed decision I should read some policies. Now, I have some funny ideas about what a policy document should be like. I think that it should say (briefly?):
- What your values are
- What you aim to achieve
- How you will achieve it
I do not think that a policy document should:
- Spend paragraphs talking about things you did in the last decade
- Contain copious references to the inadequacies of your rival
But then, I wish all policies were like the Monster Raving Looney Party's, who aim to "Make it illegal for super heroes to use their powers for evil" and "ban all terrorists from having beards as they look scary."
I also had a quick gander at the Christian Party, who have chosen a rather sumptuous shade of plum for their website.
The BNP are trying to be more acceptable, but still not cutting the English mustard.
Maybe I should have started earlier.