Vote Match

I’ve naff all idea who to vote for in the London Mayor elections, so Vote Match, a site that asks you questions and calculates the answers to produce the candidate whose views are closest to your own, was always going to pique my interest. A bit like a version of the political compass for London.

And, in a very rare time where I’ll agree with Iain Dale, it is a great little tool, insofar as I’ve got a better idea of what the assorted candidates stand for.

Interestingly, my results mean I should be voting for Sian Berry, then Ken, Boris, and Brian Paddick. Which wasn’t how I was remotely planning to vote. Factor in the other candidates, and apparently my second choice would be ex-Fathers For Justice founder and English Democrat Matt O’Connor followed by a third for Lindsay German from Respect splinter party Left List.

Now, while there’s plenty Sian Berry and I would agree on, I’m not convinced she’d make a good mayor for London, although I’d be happy to vote her onto the Assembly or a local council. As for the my second and third choices, there’s no way I’d vote for a far left party (or anybody who, at any point in their recent political history, thinks George Galloway has a sound political ideology) – they’d completely wreck London’s economy. And the English Democrats… If I remember correctly, Garry Bushell once stood for them. And an F4J link? Having had a quick look at their manifesto, they look to be a slightly more intelligent version of right-wing nutcases. Any party that calls for the compulsory flying of the English flag above public buildings are clearly just Express readers in nice suits.

I’m well aware any criticisms I’ve got may be coloured by the fact I don’t agree with my results, but there is one major limitation for me. I answered neither (read: don’t know) for a lot of questions, as I don’t have particularly strong feelings on issues such as, say, bendy buses. Largely these answers came because there was just agree and disagree as the only other options. If you threw in a ‘stongly agree’ and ‘strongly disagree’, I may well have cautiously clicked agree or disagree on issues I’d previously clicked ‘neither’ on. There might have even been a clearer distinction between the candidates.

So, in conclusion, I still don’t know who to vote for. I may well just cut off my hand and leave it in the ballot box as a protest.

(Via Liberal Conspiracy)


11 Responses to “Vote Match”

  1. 1 David North April 7, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    What an excellent idea. I really don’t think many people actually know all the policies so a tool that matches a candidate to the views of the person is good.

    However picking by 20 questions seems a little vague surely there are more differences between the candidates than this?

  2. 2 Gary Andrews April 7, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Yes, that’s definitely another criticism I’d level at the site, although they indicate these are considered to be the most pressing issues for Londoners.

    I’m sure there are more and really have no idea why Bendy Buses are such a contentious issue. But maybe that’s just me.

  3. 3 Sunny April 7, 2008 at 4:17 pm

    I may well just cut off my hand and leave it in the ballot box as a protest.

    Take a picture! It’ll make an… interesting blog?

    I know, I’m terrible 😦

  4. 4 chris white April 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Odd that Brian Paddick disagrees with “People found in possession of cannabis should be let off with a warning so that the police can concentrate on fighting harder drugs” given that that’s what he’s famous for doing as a police commissioner.

  5. 5 Matt April 7, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t live in London. I did it anyway. Livingstone’s my man. I don’t know how I feel about that. Probably it’s because I like those bendy-buses; I know they scrap about them.

  6. 6 Gary Andrews April 7, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    It’s a bus. It bends. Seriously, I would have thought regular stabbings would have got people more worked up. But no. Buses. Buses that bend are teh big evil.

    It’s all so very British,

  7. 7 Fenby April 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    “Now, while there’s plenty Sian Berry and I would agree on, I’m not convinced she’d make a good mayor for London, although I’d be happy to vote her onto the Assembly or a local council.”

    Why not for mayor, out of interest? I can see how arguments might be made on grounds on youth and lack of experience, but given that Berry has a fair bit of experience in a range of jobs, I’m not sure how to treat them. Or was there another reason why?

  8. 8 Gary Andrews April 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    It’s nothing to do with lack of experience (I’m a great believer in the old adage, if they’re good enough, they’re old enough) and I know Sian Berry’s got a lot under her belt. It’s just I’m not sure, or convinced, how the Greens policies would translate into an effective running of a city like London. Perhaps other cities and, as I say, I’d be appy to vote for her for a position other than Mayor if I thought she’d fit the area. I’ve got a similar feeling towards Boris as well. I’ve got a couple of friends who’ve interviewed/spoken her and said much the same.

    I’ve always tended to vote according to who I think would do the best for the place they’re standing for. I’ve seen potentially impressive people stand for areas where they just don’t seem suited for. I’ve also seen a few local politicians who tick all the boxes put me right off simply by their behaviour as a person (not that either of these are the case with Sian Berry). It’s why, loathed as I am for voting Ken, it’s still a temptation because I think he’s done a reasonable job.

    I’ve got no real allegiance to any particular party (although there’s very few reasons I’d vote Conservative or Labour at the moment) and tend to change my vote election by election.

    Anyway, I may change my mind. I may not. I’ve still no idea who to vote for and can’t get hugely excited about any of the candidates.

  9. 9 chris white April 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    “I’ve also seen a few local politicians who tick all the boxes put me right off simply by their behaviour as a person”

    Thinking of that angry little fella from Cardiff at all?

  10. 10 Gary Andrews April 8, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Actually, no, as I wouldn’t voted for him anyway. But now you mention him…

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