Voting for what we want and voting against what we do not is to vote with both head and heart. We can look carefully at the individuals standing as candidates and evaluate their worth. If they have served before, did they serve us, some other interest, or did they serve themselves? For candidates newly offering themselves in our constituencies and wards, are they standing for a party that is in keeping with our ideas of how to make and run our social order? And when the party for which they stand is in power has the Party behaved well, kept to its electoral manifesto, met circumstances with measures in keeping with its claimed values and with our own?
We musn't be swayed by attempting to second guess the actions of others and their interaction with our electoral process. There are too many variables to successfully resolve outcomes that are beyond the reach of our action in voting today; recognising our reach we can only satisfy our consciences. To remedy bad outcomes is for other days and other campaigns.
Our criteria and our judgements may yield different results for our choices in the national election and in the local elections some of us have. Local politics and its expression still flickers fitfully in the baleful climate produced by the pressures from the centre to control everything down to the colours of our front doors and the contents of our dustbins. Locally more then nationally we must choose who will resist the destruction of democratic choices by the centre, rather than who is toeing their Party's line.
We must vote, there can be no backsliding into abstention. Not voting in a fever of disapproval of the lot of them ends in democratic death. The bamboozling of the electorate with psuedo-political science and arguments for the need to set aside the obvious disqualifications for office of individuals and party, in favour of some meta reality, is a cowardly attempt to avoid being considered on what they have done. We must choose our man or woman, choose our policies, stop second guessing the unguessable, and vote.