Who should you vote for (2)?

The excellent Public Whip site has this quesitionnaire which interrogates your MP’s voting record and makes recommendations on which party you should vote for. We tested this a few weeks ago when it was in beta format, and it came up with some interesting suggestions. Let’s just say, it takes no account of the constitutional question. So don’t try it if you are prone to having panic attacks!!

39 thoughts on “Who should you vote for (2)?”

  1. Hmmmmm, according to this I should be voting SDLP, however since my preferred party don’t attend Westminster and don’t take part in their votes, then I won’t be paying too much heed!

  2. “The Public Whip suggests you vote DUP in Belfast South. This is based on how MPs of that party voted in parliament over the last 4 years, compared to your opinion on these issues. Your ex-MP isn’t standing again, so we haven’t specifically used their vote. “

    sound enough.

  3. What do they mean by Labour’s anti-terrorism laws? I was in very strongly in favour of the LibDem/Conservative version of the laws which Labour eventually agreed to.

    So does “Labour’s” refer to the version they wanted to pass, or the version they eventually agreed to?

  4. “I would vote DUP before I would vote sdlp

    The bowler beckons ;)”

    It’s the truth

    Better a bowler than a white flag

  5. What I don’t understand is that, on the basis of my choices, the SDLP got 75, barely pipping SF by 3, yet SF had not voted and therefore should only have received a neutral 50%!

    Very odd! There must be something else at work there.

  6. We’re treating absence as neutrality, so SF are 50% neutral on every issue. If you are also quite neutral on issues, then you will come out as a match with them, as opposed to other parties with more extreme views.

  7. SDLP.

    But if I put ‘strongly for’ everything (foundation hospitals, the Iraq war, Labour’s anti-terrorism laws etc) I get Sinn Fein. Eh?

  8. Perhaps the reason why many are getting the SDLP as their party, is that when you take away the sectarian tubthumping of the DUP and Spin Féin, the SDLP’s actions are most in touch with the opinions and needs of the people here.

    I would vote DUP before I would vote sdlp

    I think that says it all- Spin Féin and the Dupes are two sides of the one coin. Success for the two extremist parties gives them political fuel.

    SF can never achieve a united Ireland- neither northern protestants nor southern nationalists trust them- you cannot force unity upon a nation. The SDLP is the only party that can deliver a united Ireland in which protestants, catholics and dissenters can cooexist and keep their traditions. Recent comments have been correct about Adams complaining about southern politicians coming north- SF are a partitionist party. After all, why would they keep going on about being the biggest nationalist party in the north when they aren’t supposed to even recognise it as a political entity?!

    Only the SDLP can unite the people and unite the nation.

  9. “SDLP’s actions are most in touch with the opinions and needs of the people here.”

    Don’t you mean out of touch?

    “I would vote DUP before I would vote sdlp

    I think that says it all”

    I hope it does, it would be a cold day in hell before I would vote stoop.

    “SF are a partitionist party”

    LOL, coming from the sdlp that’s rich!

    We are the only 32 county party and nothing you say can change that!

    “Only the SDLP can unite the people and unite the nation.”

    The sdlp can’t even unite their own party never mind this country i.e. West Tyrone

  10. Hmmmmm, according to this I should be voting SDLP, however since my preferred party don’t attend Westminster and don’t take part in their votes, then I won’t be paying too much heed!

    Posted by: PS at April 25, 2005 11:54 AM

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    I’d never have put you down as a DUP man Patrick!

  11. Chris G
    “We are the only 32 county party and nothing you say can change that!”

    You’re U/unionist? Sorry, I don’t get the joke.

  12. “Chris G
    We are the only 32 county party and nothing you say can change that!”

    You’re U/unionist? Sorry, I don’t get the joke”

    what???????????????

  13. Chris G : “We are the only 32 county party and nothing you say can change that!”

    The Green Party

    The Workers Party

  14. Why does the Workers Party still have a private army.

    Is it not time for their leaders to call on the Official IRA to dispand

    A senior member of the Workers Party/oira was responsible for shooting a youth in the Lower Falls area two weeks ago after a fight in a bar

  15. Keith

    “The Green Party”

    Not the same party

    “The Workers Party”

    Where exactly are they organised?

  16. A senior member of the Workers Party/oira was responsible for shooting a youth in the Lower Falls area two weeks ago after a fight in a bar

    Is that rumour or fact John ? have you any details ?

  17. “The Green Party”

    Not the same party

    I thought they announced quite recently they were organising on an all-Ireland (or was it all-island) basis?

    So there you go.

  18. Hmmmmm, according to this I should be voting SDLP, however since my preferred party don’t attend Westminster and don’t take part in their votes, then I won’t be paying too much heed!

    Posted by: PS at April 25, 2005 11:54 AM

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    I’d never have put you down as a DUP man Patrick!

  19. The Workers Party (who by the way are the only party who can claim the legacy of the original Sinn Fein) have office in both Dublin and Ireland, and field candidates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.
    http://www.workers-party.org/wphome.htm

    The Green Party announced last year that they intended to organise on an all-island basis. The Greens are an odd bunch because they have separate organisations for Scotland, Wales and England.

  20. Chris G
    “We are the only 32 county party and nothing you say can change that!”

    You’re U/unionist? Sorry, I don’t get the joke.

  21. Davros

    The Irish News carried a report on the Monday following the incident.

    It quoted local sources who said the person responsible for the attack was a senior member of the Official IRA within the Lower Falls area

    John Lowry of the Workers Party was also quoted within the report.

    He claimed that no members of the organisation had been involved in the incident

    What exactly he meant by ‘organisation’ can be open to interpretation.

  22. I would accept John Lowry’s word a lot quicker than I would accept that of Provisional Sinn Fein, the party led by Gerry “I was never a member of the I.R.A.” Adams. When one looks at the press reports, that are never far wrong, in naming the groups responsible for thuggery and criminality in Northern Ireland it is not the stickies that are blamed, it is the RAfia. Although all within the pan-nationalist movement are responsible for this it is psf/pira that have been responsible in the main part.

  23. ii

    The article in question made no reference to Gerry Adams

    The sources came from within the local area.

    The Irish News did not name the sources as being Republican and if they had been i’m sure they would have included this fact

  24. “The Green Party”

    Not the same party

    I thought they announced quite recently they were organising on an all-Ireland (or was it all-island) basis?

    So there you go.

  25. ‘The Public Whip suggests you vote Sinn Féin in Belfast South. This is based on how MPs of that party voted in parliament over the last 4 years’

    how did they know that I wouldnt be bothered to vote on those issues??

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