Sean Gabb: Advice on Voting in 2010 (Sought as well as Given!)
- Free Life Commentary,
A Personal View from
The Director of the Libertarian Alliance
Issue Number 190
23rd February 2010
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The 2010 General Election:
Advice on How to Vote
By Sean Gabb
There must, within the next few months, be a general election in England.
I will not presume to advise my readers on how to vote. I will, instead,
explain how I am at present inclined to vote, and will invite any comments
that may arise.
My present inclination is to vote for the Conservative Party. I do not
need to be told that these people are, for the most part, trash. I have
been mixing in Conservative circles for thirty years now, and I have grown
used to the idea of running home after most meetings for a bath. For the
avoidance of doubt, let me admit what I think would be the nature of any
Government led by David Cameron. It would not withdraw from the European
Union. It would not roll back the multicultural elements of our police
state. It would not require the police and other public bodies to behave
with more humanity or common sense than they now do after thirteen years
of Labour tyranny. It would not restore freedom of speech and association
as they were understood in 1960. The identity card scheme might be
cancelled - but not the national identity database that makes the scheme
possible. Any cuts in government spending will fall on the services that
are the excuse for such spending. None of the - often very well-paid -
administrative and support jobs that are the real purpose will be cut.
There will be no tax cuts. There will be no change to our external policy
of slavish subservience to the United States. The "climate change" charate
might even be become more scandalous.
This being so, why do I propose to vote Conservative? The answer is that a
Conservative Government would probably continue with most of the suicidal
or simply demented policies of the Blair and Brown Governments. But, at
the end of five years, it would then allow a free election as these things
have been commonly understood in England. A re-elected labour Government
would not. When these beasts in human form lied their way to office back
in 1997, they came in with the same assumptions as Hitler had in 1933.
They did not regard themselves as having acquired a limited and renewable
leasehold interest, but as having inherited the freehold. They and their
clients would never again have to sell their services in any open market.
They would reorder the State wholly to their own interest. No private
sphere, no ancient and immemorial rights would stand in their way. 1997
was Year Zero of their Thousand Year Reich.
So long as it was reasonably plain that they could win the next few
elections - if with a dwindling fraction of the total possible vote - they
were willing to keep most of the old rules. Even so, they took steps to
cartellise politics with party registration and "human rights" laws that
now allow them, given courage, to shut down dissident organisations like
the British National Party. For the past few years, however, they have
lived in constant fear of losing the next election. And, if Labour does
lose, that might cause the implosion of their Party. Therefore, if they do
somehow win after all, we can be reasonably sure that they will never
allow another free election. I doubt if they would go so far as abolishing
elections, or openly rigging them. But they are already talking about
schemes of "electoral reform" that would keep them permanently in office -
even if office must be shared with the Liberal Democrats. They would also
tighten the party registration laws, so that only those parties willing to
guarantee the existing order would be allowed to run in elections. They
might also extend their control over local politicians to Members of
Parliament - setting up some system whereby Members who were too outspoken
could be removed for "misconduct".
For all their faults, the Conservatives would not do any of these things.
Therefore, a vote for the Conservatives would be a vote for keeping the
system open for a real party of national restoration - whatever that might
There is one other consideration. This is that, while a Cameron Government
with a majority of less than fifty would be little different from Labour,
a majority of more than a hundred would bring in new Members who had not
been hand-picked for their willingness to obey. A big Conservative
majority might force a Cameron Government to take a more liberal and
patriotic line on the main issues.
Many of my friends assure me they will vote for the UK Independence Party
or for the BNP - or, in one case, for an Islamic Party. I understand their
frustration with the existing political arrangements. However, the main
purpose of a general election is to send a majority into Parliament from
which a Government will be drawn. Whatever individual chance Nigel Farage
or Nick Griffin might have in their constituencies, the majority party
after the next election must be either Labour or the Conservatives. I wish
it were otherwise. But that is the choice we have to face. Do we want a
pack of smirking hypocrites, who will leave office after another election?
Or do we want what I have already called beasts in human form, who will
never leave office thereafter, short of revolution?
Some of my friends insist that voting for minor parties will bring on a
hung Parliament. This might be true. However, a hung Parliament would not
give decisive weight to any of these minority parties. It would simply
result in an auction between the two big parties for the Liberal
Democrats. That would be about as bad as a Labour Majority. The choice
remains Labour or Conservative.
Am I wrong? Is there some other viable option that I am overlooking? I
look forward to hearing if there is. After all, if I do vote Conservative,
it will be with forefinger and thumb clamped hard over my nose.
NBSean Gabb's book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives
Lost England, and How to Get It Back, can be downloaded for free from