With the election coming up and with the importance of not voting Conservative the overriding factor for people like myself. What are the other options available?
Here's a quick summary of parties that I think are worth the time of day.
Good points: Good policies - Nuclear energy, EU referendum, five year freeze on immigration, etc. Are a party most people know about. Already have one MP and several MEPs.
Weak points: Widely believed to have had a few dodgy transactions within the party and new leader Lord Pearson made several expenses claims that, while not illegal, certainly appeared greedy and unnecessary
Good points: A well known, well designed party. The mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies is an English Democrat and a living legend.
Weak points: Not a unionist party. Manifesto is somewhat vague.
Good points: The best, most detailed, researched and effective policies you will find in any party, period.
Weak points: We just don't have enough members to make a real impact.
Good points: Nice website, well designed policies.
Weak points: Policies while good, are brief. The idea and system within the party may confuse some people.
Good points: A good, well spoken and articulate leader. Excellent policies. Because of the Christian angle, the party actually tries to keep its promises.
Weak points: Being a Christian party obviously limits its appeal.
Good points: The party website clearly explains the benefit and relevance of conservative policies to a modern Britain.
Weak points: Given that I had to trawl through the Election Commission's party list to find these guys, they don't seem to be very good at promoting themselves.
Other parties worth a look: Veritas, Impact Party, Common Sense Party, Imperial Party.
Remember, the real battle this year is true conservatives against the Conservative Party. It's far more important not to vote for the wrong party as it is to vote for the party that's right for you.