This evening, I did something I never thought I would do, nor have ever wanted to: I voted Conservative.
If anyone is interested, I would like to explain why I did so, and why doing so was such a big thing.
I first voted in the 1979 general election; I have voted Labour in every general election since. Until today, I have only voted anything other than Labour twice: once, in European elections when Labour were committed to pulling out of the EEC, I voted Liberal; I once spoiled a ballot paper when there was no Labour candidate in a local election.
Pray some other background. True, my grandmother (on my mum’s side) was a working class Tory. And, my mother was a natural Liberal who, given the state of the Liberal party, through the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s was a floating voter. But, I got my political education from…
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