Five years ago, before the last general election I wrote a blog post like this one. The night before this year’s one I found myself looking back on it and trying to see if anything had changed in my view since the last time I blogged on the subject. To be honest, there isn’t much difference between how I feel now and how I did back then. I am just as sick of all the press around it, the wall to wall TV coverage and the amount of junk mail I’ve received as before. In fact I’m even more sick of the latter, especially coming from one particular party. Our Conservative candidate, for example thought it necessary to send the same leaflet three times. There was one each for me, my mum and my dad. Clearly they didn’t care about the resources they were wasting.
Last time round, I had yet to fill out my postal vote, still unsure as to which box to mark on the ballot paper, if to do it at all. This year, I have already filled it and posted it off. It still took me a long time to decide who to give my vote to, after marking off the ones that definitely wouldn’t get my vote. In the end, I went for the one that I thought would do the job best. I’m not going to tell you who I voted for, well not yet anyway. I don’t particularly like being asked how I voted when I’ve only just done it, I hate exit polls for that very reason. When the dust settles, I’ll probably tell you. For what it’s worth, I voted Liberal Democrat at the last election and yes I did end up regretting that a little. But don’t let anything I say influence your vote. At the end of the day, you should vote for the person you want, not the person that others are telling you to vote for. And if you don’t think much of any of them, then that’s cool. I still wish there was a “none of the above” option on the ballot paper myself. In fact I would introduce it if I were in any position of influence to be able to do so, for all those people who’d feel guilty if they didn’t vote.
Anyway, enough of the political rambling, I’m rubbish at it. Let the ones who can do their bit tomorrow and let’s all hope for the best shall we?