General Elections – battle of the political parties has begun

The battle of the parties has begun and, as one who has voted on all the general elections for more than 60 years,

I have to consider where to put my cross in five months’ time. Over the past few elections, my vote has gone to the party I dislike the least and makes the fewest, pledges, solutions and reforms. So, who to vote for. The trouble is a visit to Prime Minister’s Question on the BBC where questions are never answered but get a response and the yah-boo behaviour of the MPs doesn’t help.

I believe the Conservatives picked the wrong man as leader and we have the ”banana skin” (the queen purred, unfulfilled pledges) PM David Cameron who aims to lead the greenest government.

The Labour Party doesn’t seem to know what they propose and what leader they want.

The Liberal Democrats “shirt tail” Party can only offer to be a nuisance as a minor member of a coalition, although from their recent leaflets they imply that what good things that have come from the coalition are through their 56 MPs forcing the 303 Conservatives to do their bidding.

The UKIP vote might be useful for tactical purposes.

There are no practical reasons for voting for any other party, although strongly held beliefs are important.

Two reasons for voting for a party are:

Scrap the £43 billion HS2 railway (based on past government project performance £86 billion?) and put enough money to put right our nation-wide ailing rail system and perhaps support other society needs.

And recognition the NHS basic requirement is to cure but it should not have to feed patients who can afford to feed themselves. Set a reasonable charge for meals with a choice that would free more money for the NHS.

Those two suggestions would certainly nudge me on where to put my cross.

Isn’t it a pity that candidates don’t have to provide a CV for such a lucrative job.

Brian Beck Lewes