We get the politicians we vote for

It’s election time, #ge2015 is just around the corner, and it’s the first for me back in the United Kingdom. I managed to listen in to the local hustings where all the candidates were good enough to attend and to present their reasoning for why our votes should go to them.

I, however, remain undecided.

That’s despite the coverage, debates, analysis and numerous tools to help find your fit.

So, I figured I’d ask. For each candidate a tailored question. Best answer (in my opinion) gets my vote [c].


First up is to Kate:

SODC are struggling with air quality, with an action plan that completely misses the health and environment benefits of ‘normal’ cycling. If elected, what practical and funded steps would you take to help them in the first six months as an MP?

Next is Ed:

In August 2011 I encouraged you to support Early Day Motion 1775, because more equal societies are better for everyone, including the most well off. Although convention meant you were unable to support the EDM you wrote “Like you, I think it is shocking that inequality has grown in recent years. The previous Government claimed to be the party of aspiration, yet it failed to tackle many of the causes of poverty.”. Since then Thomas Piketty has added further weight with CAPITAL. How would you assess your government’s impact 5 years on? What would would you have done differently given the benefit of hindsight?

Now one for Stephen:

Hans Blix, wrote a compelling case in Disarming Iraq. Why didn’t Tony read it? Has Ed?

Almost there, an easy one for Alex:

What’s bigger. The difference between 52 and 28 or the difference between 28 and 14? Justify your answer using the graph posted through my letter box. Extra points for explaining how this relates to your eloquent response to the hustings question on the need for renewing trust in politicians.

Finally, Lee:

Who is credited with the following text?

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

Thanks all for reading. Feel free to tweet any answers (and you’re welcome to respond to questions posed to other candidates).

Footnotes (because you always need footnotes).

[1] Described to youngest, when asked “But I thought you liked him” as like a footballer you quietly admire but that happens to play for Chelsea…

[c] I think the exercise of writing this may have helped me decide, but there’s still time to sway…