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Why I'm still voting Green (and not SNP) this General Election

You can't exactly escape the name SNP right now. Even my readers below the border will be very familiar with Nicola Sturgeon and her crazies who want to break up the UK. You might remember that last September I was one of these crazies who voted yes in the referendum and cried when I realised it became apparent it wasn't going to happen (it was when Inverclyde said no, then I knew).

But I'm not an SNP voter. I'm a member of the Scottish Greens. I have oohed and ahhed and toyed with the idea of 'lending' my vote to the SNP because of this lovely system we know of as First Past the Post not taking kindly to smaller parties. I'll be voting in a constituency which will be close between SNP and Labour, even though the SNP will probably get it (just). And yes that concerns me, and I know there's very little chance of the Scottish Greens gaining an MP. But guys, I'm sticking with my party and here are my reasons why.

1. Caroline Lucas is already proof we can do this
The First-Past-the-Post system isn't fair to non-mainstream parties but the one Green Party MP is proof that they can get through if people disregard tactical voting. It made my stomach turn when it happened but the by-elections in Clacton and Rochester and Strood also prove this. As do the Respect MP, the Alliance MP and the three independent MPs are proof of this. And let's not forget how the SNP went from a joke of a party to a dominate political force in a short space of time. 

2. Keeping the SNP ego in check
Look, I'd much rather see the SNP in power than quite a lot of other parties. However, once upon a time I'd have said that about Labour (Well, not me personally because they sold out before I reached voting age!). What happened? Labour became the horrible party they are today due to political monopoly because power goes to people's heads (a similar drama happened with the Lib Dems). If SNP get too much power they may easily head in the same direction. By not 'lending' them my vote I'm reminding them that there are other viable left-wing parties in Scotland.

3. I joined the the Greens (and not SNP) for a reason
I know it's still a complicated concept for some no voters to grasp, but not everyone who voted yes in the referendum votes SNP. I've actually never voted SNP in my life (former Lib Dem) and I'm not eagerly keen to start (though they 'll likely get my constituency vote in the Scottish Elections). I didn't even vote yes in principle, I voted yes because I believe the UK is in the shitter and Scotland with its generally more progressive outlook would be better sailing alone. If the UK got out the shitter I might drop the issue. So yeah, not going to lend the SNP my vote because Tommy Sheriden told me to.

(If you take anything Tommy Sheriden says seriously, have a word with yourself. Putting it out there)

4. If UKIP were a serious contender I might tactically vote
Some of you might be reading this in a constituency where a UKIP MP is a likely possibility. In that case 1) my condolences and 2) I understand why you would consider tactical voting. The polls are suggesting that the SNP will grab my Glasgow constituency away from Labour, albeit not by much. If I was to wake up tomorrow to a Lord Ashcroft poll that said weegies were being swayed by the Farage I'd change my mind and use an SNP vote in order to block a UKIP vote.

5. If we don't try, we'll never do it
Look, I know the Scottish Greens are very unlikely to send a MP down to Westminster. At least not at this election. But I'm only 24 and in that lifespan I've already witnessed the political landscape change drastically. I've seen Labour and Tories morph into the same thing. I've seen the downfall of the Liberal Democrats. I've seen the SNP go from a joke to a political force which will likely hold the balance at Westminster. I've also seen some right-winged lunatics with views which belong in the 1950's come out the ranks too. I've witnessed the downfall of two party politics. A lot can change when the public stand up and demand change and the change I want comes in form of the Scottish Greens, not the SNP.

I'm voting for the Scottish Greens because I'm standing by what I believe in.

morag | mo adore
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  1. Yay glad you wrote this post! Mind if I share it? I'm also voting Green and I get a few people telling me not to bother 'cos it's a wasted vote! No vote is a wasted vote, I'm trying at least! Something I found out today was that despite the budget for scientific research being frozen in 2010, it has 'somehow' been decreasing and has decreased about 20% by now. It was frozen because it is already dangerously low, I mean good luck to a country without scientists! Greens and Lib-dems are the only parties I know of that have even mentioned this issue and they have talked about increasing it, which I think is necessary! I'm sure to the general public it doesn't seem all that important but oh my Christ it is!! It's also bloody good for the economy seeing as the UK is one of the top leading nations for scientific research, but yet we have one of the lowest budgets! I know a lot of people voting Green, and hopefully in the years to come they'll get more support. Sooner or later all the old, white, male politicians are gonna be stale and old (and will die eventually too) and our younger generation will take its place and have the responsibility of fixing all their fuck ups. Nice that they got to live comfortable lives! xo
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  2. Great post Morag - I'm totally with you on voting for the party you believe in. I completely understand why people do vote tactically given the FPTP system we have but if everybody does that then the situation will never change and the smaller parties won't ever have a chance. I'd like to think that if everybody votes for who they truly want the political climate might change for the better.

    1. 100% agree Kirsty. I have voted tactically on ocassion - with reasons! - but I always try hard to vote with my heart.

  3. When my gran was the same age as me people thought an SNP vote was a wasted vote. Look at them now! Hopefully the Green part will have a similar success story.
    Love Hayley,
    Water Painted Dreams

    1. Here's hoping! They did well on the popular vote overall, but the FPTP system translated into no seats at all (the Green Party of England and Wales are a seperate party).

  4. I would have loved to vote Green but there was nobody standing in my constituency. I'll definitely be voting Green in the Holyrood elections next year.

    1. Due to resources, the Greens were only able to afford standing in a few key seats (if I was living more rurally I would have said SNP as well). But as far as I'm aware the Scottish Greens will be standing in all the lists for the Holyrood Election.


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