I managed to not blog for five days, even though I wasn’t particularly busy. Not a good sign; will get arse into gear more often. Anyway, Curious Hamster wonders: what’s so bad about wanting to vote Conservative now? And you know what, I couldn’t think of much, apart from the possibility that a Conservative government would be no better at keeping its promises – Cameron may talk the democratic and anti-authoritarian talk, but will he walk the walk?
So I don’t totally trust the Tories. But I don’t trust New Labour either, and in this case I feel it’s better the devil you don’t know than the devil you do, as the devil you do know is roundly fucking everything up in sight. It’s not even as if voting Tory would be much more of an affront to my socialist values than voting Labour with the continual privatisation of the NHS and education system, the widening gap between rich and poor, etc., etc. Labour have had nearly nine years in charge now, and all they can mount as a defence is the minimum wage and some incoherent mumblings about meritocracy – not enough, quite frankly.
Back on the civil liberties front, an interesting project is starting to appear, primarily at Not Little England (see #1, #2 and #3) and Talk Politics (see #1 and #2). The aim? To bring a broad-based coalition from all political wings to promote a written constitution, electoral reform, a more democratic body politic, with all the trimmings. LibertyCentral.org.uk has already been registered and though there’s nothing there yet all the little webby wheels are turning. The project is commendable, interesting, maybe a little over-ambitious (though a certain part of me likes the idea of a constitution authored via wiki) and one I hope to play a small part in. The campaign will certainly have to appreciate and agree on the limits of web-based campaigning, and start thinking from the very beginning what the next steps beyond the online world will have to be. Above all, it cannot fizzle out like so many other web-based campaigns: it needs to walk before it can run, and it’s been too long in coming together, so a little consideration would be no bad thing.