On Thursday, the UK votes for a new national government. There are several choices, but only one of them seems to make sense to me. Update: I voted! Will probably know the results in 24 hours or so.
As a creature of a similar hue, I naturally considered the Greens. I approve of many of their ideals - eliminating fossil fuels and more stringent pollution controls, for a start. But I do not share their view of nuclear power as "uniquely dangerous" - and in social terms, they can be as authoritarian as the largest parties. To take one example, they'd prohibit the sale of pornography to adults. They're a good option for local government, to put pressure on abusive corporations, but I don't trust them to run the country.
The Conservatives - well, the name says it all. I have relatively few quibbles with their tax or economic policies; it's the paternalistic social aspects which get my goat. I don't care overmuch that May's 'a liar' - everyone is entitled to change their minds. The issue is she hasn't changed from her time at the home office. We don't need to be run like the Chantry, by a champion of intrusive 'investigatory powers' who's using the fear of terrorism to justify sink further hooks into online communications.
Labour is complicated. It's cool that they have so many female candidates - but at times, they share the Tories' nannying, moralistic approach to society. Case in point: they sponsored and brought in legislation criminalizing artwork "for the good of the children" - on the basis of the opinion of police and pressure groups, not behavioural research. And it's unclear how the "new wave" are better.
Sure, it's an exciting movement. But Labour is a great contradiction in modern Europe: in favour of open borders, but fiercely protectionist on trade - representative of the nationalism has been tearing us apart for the last decade. Imagine if you could not bring in fursuit parts from the continent, or faced heavy import duties on art supplies - and if you want a dealer's table, you have to follow union pricing rules.
So in the end, my vote goes to the Liberal Democrats. They're the only party to oppose laws which cause headaches for artists - and art-hosts, and fans - such as those around 'prohibited' images of fictional characters, and mandatory age-verification. They openly supported membership of the EU - not least because it seemed the most sensible thing to do, rather than the most popular idea. They want to maintain low-cost pensions for those working with a low or irregular income (via Class 2 NICs, which the Conservatives are phasing out in 2018). They've even proposed start-up funds for new small businesses.
More generally, I like that they stand for liberty, free expression and free trade, as well as a pragmatic legal approach, as exemplified by their view on cannabis - not a topic I care for personally, but I can appreciate the logic of treating it like alcohol. No party is perfect, but they're the closest to what I want.
Now, the sad reality is that the LibDems have essentially zero chance of winning in my borough - it's held by a Tory whip, and I don't expect that to change this time around. But it won't stop me voting for them. Hopefully, they'll gain enough support elsewhere to form part of the opposition - and, if nothing else, it'll help keep them in the news and on the ballot for future years.
I know most of my watchers aren't from the UK. But for those who can vote… please do. Other citizens may have differing priorities, and make different choices - but even if you don't think there's a 'best' option for you, there's always a worse one, and you don't want to be kicking yourself for letting them in.