SurveyYou typically vote for the same political party every election, regardless of any marketing by other parties.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-12-14 at 13:42:16   (5 comments)

On 2009-12-14 at 13:43:54, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I got a calendar in the post today, showing an MP on each page. I don't know which party it's for, but it doesn't matter - I already worked out which party's manifesto matches my beliefs, and simply vote for them whenever possible. Although their policies will vary a little each year, I doubt it would be enough to necessitate a rethink on my part.
On 2009-12-14 at 21:11:36, BorgClown wrote...
That's a decision worth rethinking each election, otherwise, you could just call them and say "count me in from now on, I'm not gonna change my mind anytime soon" and live vote-free.
On 2009-12-14 at 22:00:44, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'm not saying it's never worth re-thinking, but on the whole it's a lot of effort to check if one party suddenly agrees with you more than it did before or the one you've voted for in the past suddenly agrees with you less. The problem is that there's no convenient way to check - the best you can usually do is to look at one or two policy items but that's a poor way to check an entire manifesto.
On 2009-12-15 at 04:38:53, BorgClown wrote...
Do politicians honor manifestos in England? Here some of them jump parties if it suits them, even if the manifestos are almost opposite.
On 2009-12-15 at 09:29:27, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I'd guess that any policies that a party renegades on will be brought to everyone's attention, yet the list of policies is huge. As I said, it's difficult to check every policy a particular party has and yet it's only by doing so that you can be sure which party suits you best. Even if they break a promise made to get votes, the majority of their ideals will still stand.