Friday, 9 April 2010
Should we vote for a local candidate or a leader?
Today Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg joined local Leeds MP Greg Mulholland at the Headingley rugby stadium to have a game with children in a training session.
This boy even got an autograph (below). To be honest I was very tempted to ask! It was a great move to be seen playing rugby with young people. Has Clegg kissed a baby's head yet?
Clegg won my vote today. He is the only politician to give a proper answer to the question about student top up fees. No the country can't afford to make Higher Education free at the moment, but he has a 6 year plan that will make free education a reality again. BRILLIANT! Why can the other parties not offer me this? And, what's more, I think I have a bit of a crush on the man as I definitely felt myself blushing!
But I have real problems when it comes to voting and things aren't going be as easy as they seem. I strongly dislike what I see on Mulholland's voting record - so how can I vote Lib Dem in this area?
I have a massive dilemma. Am I meant to vote for someone to who will vote in the house of commons in the way that I would vote or am I meant to vote for a leader and a party as a whole? I always though it worked that you voted for someone to represent you. And so how can I vote for Mulholland when he doesn't represent my views.
So I'm left to debate whether I should put my X next to Mulholland as a vote for the Lib Dem party as a whole or if I should give my X to a candidate in Leeds who I agree with......
Also, check out the Lib Dem bus. Love it! Definite election fever today.