Up and down the roads, I see giant, smug-blue bills being posted, supporting the Conservative Party candidate in the General Election. In this constituency, just 175 votes (0.03% of the electorate) separated the Liberal Democrat winner and Conservative runner-up in 2010. It is a top target for the Conservatives to win.
Our house is divided between Labour (signified by red) and Green supporters (and one undeclared!). It makes sense to us to support the Liberal Democrat candidate (signified by yellow). As no party poster represents our views, I have made my own. It would be fun to see more home-made election bills going up, especially (from my point of view) if they shared this rainbow of party colours.
The current predictions are that Labour and Conservative will each win around 270 seats, with 325 required for an overall majority. The Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists will hold the balance of power and, with a predicted solitary Green MP, could support a Labour minority government or left-leaning progressive coalition. The more seats the Conservatives take, the more likely they are to lead a government, driven rightwards and towards authoritarianism by their extremist wing and partners.
To those who say we should always vote true to the party we support, I say this. Let the parties take care of themselves. As voters, we have to game the system against the odds, to get the government closest to what we want.
This was my first attempt at a home made poster. I like the idea of voter-driven reciprocity to challenge the system whereby parties take some seats for granted whereas a handful of marginal seats determine our futures. Using this website, I was really pleased to have had a promise of a Labour vote in Hammersmith from a Lib Dem supporter in exchange for my Lib Dem vote locally. However, the vote swapping site seems to lack sufficient participants to be really viable.