Protest vote

Protest vote

Protest vote

First published in Letters by

LIZ EDGE is right to point out the anomaly of voting UKIP in the recent European elections (letter, 28 May).

One may well ask why one would. Still, I am surprised that a disenchanted politician should pose the question.

I voted UKIP as a protest. I protested because I think protesting is a democratic duty. I protested because William Hague regards my protest as insignificant.

I protested because politicians, in general, favour pals and institutions rather than the people they are elected to represent. I protested because the voting system provided me with a rare opportunity to make my protest count.

I protested because, although I am pro-Europe, the major parties docilely accept a Europe I do not want.

I acknowledge that MEPs, MPs and councillors are grossly overpaid. Perhaps Liz Edge will indicate which party I should vote for in furtherance of this view.

William Dixon Smith, Welland Rise, Acomb, York.

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12:32pm Mon 2 Jun 14

inmandres says...

Fair enough. Protest votes generally go to a party with no chance of exerting any power or influence so you did the right thing in voting for the kippers.
Fair enough. Protest votes generally go to a party with no chance of exerting any power or influence so you did the right thing in voting for the kippers. inmandres
  • Score: 28

2:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Badgers Drift says...

Keep voting for UKIP, William, until the other parties actually start listening to the people they pretend to represent, and show this with honest actions, not just empty, populist rhetoric!

Get the UK out of the EU, and Labour out of York Council!
Keep voting for UKIP, William, until the other parties actually start listening to the people they pretend to represent, and show this with honest actions, not just empty, populist rhetoric! Get the UK out of the EU, and Labour out of York Council! Badgers Drift
  • Score: -56

6:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

rothko says...

If you want to protest why not vote Green. Voting for a party who will do nothing for you and do little in the European Parliament except claim expenses seems like a pointless protest.
If you want to protest why not vote Green. Voting for a party who will do nothing for you and do little in the European Parliament except claim expenses seems like a pointless protest. rothko
  • Score: 1

7:06pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I am, at heart, extreme left wing. I would like to abolish the royal family and the house of lords and renationalise most core utilities as well as abolishing the honours system.
I am also anti EU as was the late great Tony Benn and also Dennis Skinner.
When it came to the crunch I couldn't vote UKIP because they are a right wing party and I would be a traitor to my beliefs though I cheer them all the way.
Some regular posters here appear to be "sort of" left wing and I would love to know how they reconcile their views with those of Tony and Dennis?
I am, at heart, extreme left wing. I would like to abolish the royal family and the house of lords and renationalise most core utilities as well as abolishing the honours system. I am also anti EU as was the late great Tony Benn and also Dennis Skinner. When it came to the crunch I couldn't vote UKIP because they are a right wing party and I would be a traitor to my beliefs though I cheer them all the way. Some regular posters here appear to be "sort of" left wing and I would love to know how they reconcile their views with those of Tony and Dennis? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 3

7:44pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

rothko, why would you want to vote Green? Are our energy bills not high enough for you. And what about all our energy still in the ground?
The old Ecology party was founded on some good principles but modern Greens are just believers in a myth.
You can't run a country on a belief system. What will the Green's do to tackle fuel poverty? I too am left leaning but Ed Miliband is not fit to run this country and does not represent the working people, rather like Tony Blair, he represents himself and even his own brother could not stand in the way.
rothko, why would you want to vote Green? Are our energy bills not high enough for you. And what about all our energy still in the ground? The old Ecology party was founded on some good principles but modern Greens are just believers in a myth. You can't run a country on a belief system. What will the Green's do to tackle fuel poverty? I too am left leaning but Ed Miliband is not fit to run this country and does not represent the working people, rather like Tony Blair, he represents himself and even his own brother could not stand in the way. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -66

8:45am Tue 3 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"!

the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots!
well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year!

yours an angry white working class voter!
so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"! the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots! well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year! yours an angry white working class voter! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -18

9:02am Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"!

the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots!
well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year!

yours an angry white working class voter!
HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"! the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots! well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year! yours an angry white working class voter![/p][/quote]HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ? Jonothon
  • Score: 19

11:04am Tue 3 Jun 14

Fat Harry says...

Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas.

Beneath the xenophobic and racist rhetoric, they are just another gang of Thatcherite Tories.

If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less, think that or gun laws should be amended to match those in the USA, think that it's valid to call for your political opponents and everyone who votes for them to be executed, and think that laws should be brought in to dictate how you dress when you go to the theatre, then by all means vote UKIP.

If not I suggest you direct your "protest" elsewhere.

For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ.
Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas. Beneath the xenophobic and racist rhetoric, they are just another gang of Thatcherite Tories. If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less, think that or gun laws should be amended to match those in the USA, think that it's valid to call for your political opponents and everyone who votes for them to be executed, and think that laws should be brought in to dictate how you dress when you go to the theatre, then by all means vote UKIP. If not I suggest you direct your "protest" elsewhere. For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ. Fat Harry
  • Score: 24

4:51pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Fat Harry wrote:
Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas.

Beneath the xenophobic and racist rhetoric, they are just another gang of Thatcherite Tories.

If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less, think that or gun laws should be amended to match those in the USA, think that it's valid to call for your political opponents and everyone who votes for them to be executed, and think that laws should be brought in to dictate how you dress when you go to the theatre, then by all means vote UKIP.

If not I suggest you direct your "protest" elsewhere.

For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ.
"Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas."
So, if you are working class and anti EU, you have no means of registering your views?
"If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less"
That's (probably) a fair point but of course Labour did nothing to stem the creeping privatisation of the NHS and did not raise taxes on the very rich.
"For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ."
That's a lot of "ifs".
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas. Beneath the xenophobic and racist rhetoric, they are just another gang of Thatcherite Tories. If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less, think that or gun laws should be amended to match those in the USA, think that it's valid to call for your political opponents and everyone who votes for them to be executed, and think that laws should be brought in to dictate how you dress when you go to the theatre, then by all means vote UKIP. If not I suggest you direct your "protest" elsewhere. For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ.[/p][/quote]"Working class people voting for UKIP is like turkey voting for Christmas." So, if you are working class and anti EU, you have no means of registering your views? "If you hate the NHS and want it dismantled, think maternity leave should be abolished, think you should pay more tax so that Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch can pay less" That's (probably) a fair point but of course Labour did nothing to stem the creeping privatisation of the NHS and did not raise taxes on the very rich. "For those on the left, if TUSC are able to field candidates in York next year, I suspect they are likely to be anti-EU, but as it's a coalition rather than a party, some candidates may differ." That's a lot of "ifs". Pinza-C55
  • Score: -32

5:43pm Tue 3 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Jonothon wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"!

the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots!
well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year!

yours an angry white working class voter!
HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?
i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"! the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots! well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year! yours an angry white working class voter![/p][/quote]HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?[/p][/quote]i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -38

5:55pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonothon says...

oi oi savaloy wrote:
Jonothon wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"!

the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots!
well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year!

yours an angry white working class voter!
HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?
i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP
I don't live in Newark either but I'm not afraid to stick my neck out. I think the Tories will win, Ukip second Labour nowhere.

This will be the start of a steady demise for UKIP, and the hopes of those (including you savaloy) who are convinced that Hugh Bayley ( will be replaced by a Godfrey Bloom think-alike in 2015, will be sorely disappointed.
[quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"! the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots! well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year! yours an angry white working class voter![/p][/quote]HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?[/p][/quote]i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP[/p][/quote]I don't live in Newark either but I'm not afraid to stick my neck out. I think the Tories will win, Ukip second Labour nowhere. This will be the start of a steady demise for UKIP, and the hopes of those (including you savaloy) who are convinced that Hugh Bayley ( will be replaced by a Godfrey Bloom think-alike in 2015, will be sorely disappointed. Jonothon
  • Score: 27

10:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Jonothon wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
Jonothon wrote:
oi oi savaloy wrote:
so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"!

the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots!
well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year!

yours an angry white working class voter!
HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?
i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP
I don't live in Newark either but I'm not afraid to stick my neck out. I think the Tories will win, Ukip second Labour nowhere.

This will be the start of a steady demise for UKIP, and the hopes of those (including you savaloy) who are convinced that Hugh Bayley ( will be replaced by a Godfrey Bloom think-alike in 2015, will be sorely disappointed.
quote: "i'm not afraid to stick my neck out"

yes your very brave, a true keyboard warrior! ... we can all google a poll and see that it's Tory, UKIP then labour... what ever the outcome, it will be interesting.
[quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonothon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oi oi savaloy[/bold] wrote: so according to phoney blair, William Dixon-Smith is "angry,white and working class"! the sheer arrogance of this bigot! days after the election and he is labelling the voters, he does not know who voted ukip, labour are a party of liars and bigots! well done for voting UKIP, i look forward to them kicking hugh bayley out next year! yours an angry white working class voter![/p][/quote]HI Saveloy, If you think Hugh Bayley is on his way out, then what is your prediction for the Newark by-election on Thursday ?[/p][/quote]i don't live in Newark, so i don't know what the general feeling is.. you can only go on what you see,hear and read... but i do hope its UKIP[/p][/quote]I don't live in Newark either but I'm not afraid to stick my neck out. I think the Tories will win, Ukip second Labour nowhere. This will be the start of a steady demise for UKIP, and the hopes of those (including you savaloy) who are convinced that Hugh Bayley ( will be replaced by a Godfrey Bloom think-alike in 2015, will be sorely disappointed.[/p][/quote]quote: "i'm not afraid to stick my neck out" yes your very brave, a true keyboard warrior! ... we can all google a poll and see that it's Tory, UKIP then labour... what ever the outcome, it will be interesting. oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -56

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