The Fang Approved Election Strategy
Because I'm great.
(Oh yeah, this is kinda aimed at liberals, mostly. If you're pro-conservative, well, feel free to follow my advice.)
1. If you are living in a marginal seat area, vote Labour if you can stomach it. Or whoever the biggest non-conservative party is. (See? Told you I was biased.) If neccessary, you can get a clothes peg from the Guardian to put over your nose, to help get over the general stinkiness of it all.
2. If you can use a vote-swapping service, then all the better. There is absolutely no need to feel guilty about it. Tactical voting in this way is very much a part of democracy. Moving votes to get greater effects is simply compensating for the crumminess of the first past the post system.
3. Not voting is bad. Seriously. There is zero precedent for voter apathy being an effective means of protest. It will certainly not register at all with an international audience. If you can not stomach voting for a main party, vote for a minor party. The greens. Respect. Socialist Worker. Whatever. They may not win, but when the results are analysed, the message will be sent out, loud and clear.
4. Register on Make My Vote Count for a fairer system.