November 01, 2006

I need help

We’ve got elections coming up in the Netherlands, and there’s too much choice! I more or less narrowed it down, however, but now I can choose between a large party that’s quite likely to end up in the government, but doesn’t really match my idea(l)s, or a small party that’s struggling to even get a single seat, but would represent me best.

Would you rather vote tactically, to get the large party in the coalition, so that at least the government is somewhat doing what you want it to do (but not enough), and your preferred party dwindles somewhere in the opposition? Or would you vote idealistically, hoping that your use of democracy gives the smaller party a stronger voice, and so that you don’t feel so stupid when the government messes up?


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    Vote that Harry Potter guy back in.

    01 Nov 2006, 16:09

  2. You have to make a judgement call. If it’s anything like it is in the UK, there’s little to no difference between the Tories and the Labour party so you may as well vote for your conscience. In the last US election though, you were voting (it turns out) for or against the Iraq war, so there was a major difference between the two parties. In this case, the advice is always – vote for your conscience in constituencies/states where the result is a foregone conclusion, and the for the lesser of two evils in marginals.

    01 Nov 2006, 16:23

  3. I think all political compasses point in the same direction. Now I need to find a suitable candidate.

    I’m sorry Mat, Harry Potter guy is not in my favourite parties. He’ll probably end up staying anyway, so you’ve got something to look forward to!

    02 Nov 2006, 17:57


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