The problem that arises with me and elections is that, while I'm quite confident in my positions on the issues, and which are more important to me, it's a job and a half trying to figure out which party or candidate best aligns with my views on these important issues; because I don't have an opinion on membership in the EU, on the economy or on a lot of the things party leaflets talk about. And I don't want to do the research myself, because party politics bores me senseless.
It'd be different if I were in the USA - where being a gay female immigrant evolutionary scientist would inform my vote so much that the only reason to follow politics would be for the entertainment value*. That's not to say that there aren't people who vote Republican who do so for good reasons, but for my vote there'd be no competition, so it becomes a simple matter of my side vs the other side. UK politics is, for me, much more complicated, as I don't have a lot of good things to say about anyone involved; it's complicated, there are shades of grey and I don't like anyone much.
...yeah, USA vs UK politics is DC vs Marvel, and I like my JLA.
But I live and vote in the UK, and have a responsibility to use that vote, if I can figure out how to use it. So I'm fortunate this year in that a lot of my chosen issues align with the issues that Martin Robbins and Frank Swain focused on when they submitted questions on nine science subjects to the major UK parties. They wrote up their conclusions for the Guardian, and their questions are collated at Evidence Matters.
This year it would be a toss-up between the Lib Dems (despite the smugness it would generate among my partisan friends) and the Greens - at least, until I read Robbins and Swain's findings.
See, I'm all over the deep ecology, respect for all life, take responsibility for climate change angle - Hells, climate change was one of my Very First political issues (along with animal welfare) twenty years ago, and it's still important to me. But they're also opposed to embryonic Stem-Cell research, for the unregulated use of alternative 'medicine', and remarkably crude with their policies on GM.
Yet because I'm used to approving of the Greens in principle on issues like climate change and sustainable living and things, that to find them so contrary to my views on other scientific issues just suggests to me that we're reaching the same conclusion about ecology from wildly different directions, and I feel let down.
So, I'll be braving the shame of admitting that this year, Jennie, Mat and Andrew are right, and casting my vote for yellow.
*which is why I follow US politics anyway. The UK can't match Blogovitch, and I'm not sure we'd want to.