How to vote on Thursday

(Note: This PS was originally published on Steve Stockman's blog Soul Surmise and is used with permission.)
I am a roving voter who takes serious consideration of a range of issues before deciding who to vote for and in what order. Well, actually I vote for everyone. It is the order that is obviously crucial!
The first thing I have done over this campaign, and all those before it, is to neutralise the colours on the front of the manifesto leaflets and posters. I refuse to let our politicians insult my intelligence or use fear tactics in order to manipulate my vote. The UK/Irish border is NOT at stake in this election. If there is ever a Referendum on that issue we can surmise on it then. Not this Thursday!
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Sacrificial Voting

"Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy." -Proverbs 31:9

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." (Plato)

My polling card dropped through the letterbox this week, but that's been far from the only indicator that we're in the midst of an election campaign. In the constituency of East Belfast where I work, it seems like political parties have been working through the gears of their respective campaigns since not long after the 2010 results were announced. Northern Ireland as a whole is in the middle of a three year "tri-cycle" of elections: local councils, Westminster and Assembly - and there's nowhere to hide! Continue reading