So, we have reached the end of my explorations into the psyches of our various tiny political parties, and it is time to answer the all-important question: who should I vote for?
I must admit, I’m having a harder time with this than usual. In most previous elections, there has been at least one party or independent who I have been truly excited about. And this makes all the other parties more palatable – essentially, I still know, deep down, that I’m compromising, but I don’t actually have to admit it out loud because the person who is number one on my ticket is genuinely awesome.
This time… well, I’m excited by Chawla and Lee, but they aren’t actually on the ballot in my region, so I’m out of luck.
Beyond that… I like the Socialists, but they are a bit flaky (which is not unexpected, but there were a couple of elections where they were looking unexpectedly sane and I enjoyed that); I want to like Reason, but I’m not entirely sold on it; both the Greens and Labor are fine, but let’s face it, having just spent two weeks analysing all the minor parties it feels like a bit of cop-out if I then vote for one of the majors. I mean, I will if that’s how it pans out, but it’s a bit depressing!
So I’m going to start at the bottom of the ticket, where things may be ugly, but at least they are clear, and work my way up from there. Who knows where this journey will end? (Truly – not me. I’m hoping that inspiration will strike in the course of writing this.) I’ve divided parties into categories. Much like Cyclones, you really want to avoid a Category 4 or 5, but a Category 2 or 3 is basically survivable. (My metaphor breaks down at Category 1, unless you really, really like storms or are really not fully delighted by any of these political parties. Hmm… maybe it’s not such a bad metaphor after all…)
Incidentally, I’m using the numbers and names appropriate to Northern Metropolitan Region. Since we do, in fact, have representatives from every party except the Nationals, this is pretty easily adapted to your are.
Having said that… while this is approximately how I intend to vote (I invariably change my mind about *someone* between here and the ballot box), and I’m including it because I know some people find it useful, my true How to Vote card is simply this: Vote below the line, numbering at least five squares, but ideally all of them (there is much satisfaction to be had in putting terrible people at the bottom of your ticket).
Who you vote for is important, don’t get me wrong, and I ABSOLUTELY have opinions on that (you may have noticed this…). But I truly believe that the best thing you can do as a citizen is inform yourself about who is on the ballot and vote for the things you care about. Vote with your brain, vote with your heart, and don’t let anyone else decide where your vote should go – not your party, not Glenn Druery, and not me.