Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Tactical Voting or Tactless Wasted Votes...

Unite to Remain is a collaborative Tactical Voting scheme for one or more candidates to stand down in a marginal seat held by a Tory in the last parliament. Practically this has come down to a relative handful of Green, Plaid Cymru and Lib Dem candidates that could represent one another solo. Agreement by the relevant parties in advance is then subject to a process of negotiation and sanctioned by the respective party’s head offices. It is not something a candidate would decide unilaterally.

The Labour Party have NOT joined forces with Unite to Remain and exclusively insist that Tactical Voting is where other candidates should all stand down for Labour exclusively, almost regardless of the potential for an alternative party to gain a seat from the Tories. In some constituencies (for example the Isle of Wight) Labour not standing aside for the Green Party candidate will most likely result in a Tory being re-elected, potentially affecting the final majority in the House of Commons.

The downside is that it takes away the democratic opportunity to vote for your own party if your candidate has been stood down. Furthermore, if ALL non Labour / Tory candidates stood down in a particular constituency to strengthen Labour’s chances then everyone voting would effectively be endorsing and maintaining the tired old First Past the Post and Two Party systems.

Boundaries and Absolutes

When, along with everyone else, I consider a political party’s manifesto (and claims) I will discover typically around 95% of the policies I am very content with and the remainder not so much. So I categorise the ‘tricky 5%’ of policies into Boundaries and Absolutes.

A Boundary I would be prepared to move or step across. An Absolute is a line I simply would not cross. My prime example of an Absolute is Nuclear Weapons. I would not vote for any party that supports use of nuclear weapons or the renewal of the Trident program. Therefore, in England, I can only vote for the Green Party. In Scotland and Wales I would have the possibility of supporting another party should Tactical Voting be a path for the greater good.

The expression “hold your nose and vote (tactically)” is being bandied about at the moment. In all conscience I and, I suspect, many more Green Party members, simply cannot do this.

Bigger Picture

The Two Party system of Right versus Left has been in place for many years. Labour claim, with some justification, that they are the only party (other than the Tories) that could achieve an overall majority. Because of the polarised differences between these two main parties it is unusual for voters to transfer their loyalty.

As a candidate, it is quite clear that the Green Party (and the Lib Dems, but for a different reason) have been receiving votes from disaffected Tories. This presents a different scenario to trying to simply increase one’s own party’s votes. Where the Green Party hoovers up these votes it effectively diminishes the Tory vote in the constituency that the Green Party candidate may well have already been pressured to stand down. It is clear this is happening in a number of constituencies. Pulling the Green Party candidate out, ironically, then serves to increase the Tory vote and therefore reduces the chance of the Labour (or Lib Dem) candidate winning that seat.

Overall, it must be said that in both safe and relatively safe seats voting tactically instead of voting for the Green candidate is not only a wasted vote it also undermines the principle of true democracy and the quest for real change. It also hurts financially, not only in diminishing the chances of saving deposits but also in reducing the ‘Short Money’ that all parties considered to be in opposition receive in proportion to the number of votes they receive.

Vote Green, If Not Now, When?


Wednesday, 7 August 2019

My Yamaha CS-80 has come home!

Part Two: The Yamaha CS-80 synthesiser basics explained:

Check out the original music especially composed on this very CS-80 for these videos:
Return of the CS-80
CS-80-f (inspired by 1980-f!)

Monday, 29 April 2019

Local Election Time again May 2nd 2019 - Tubecast #03 - Nuclear Power

The more I learn about both the past and future of Nuclear Power the more passionate I become about trying to help folk realise the significance of the lack of transparency and accountability this sector wallows in.

This video can only give some insight into the concerns I have over the proposed Bradwell B. But these concerns cover all the potential New Nuclear sites in the UK (or anywhere!). I should point out that these issues are shared by our friends further up the East Coast trying to explain why Sizewell C is also wrong...


Promoted by Robbie Spence on behalf of Peter Banks, both of 124 Morant Road, Colchester CO1 2JD

Friday, 26 April 2019

Local Election Time again May 2nd 2019 - Tubecast #XR - Climate Change

Because the weather was so gorgeous over the Easter weekend I decided to just record some extra thoughts about Climate Change and the Extinction Rebellion protests happening around the precious planet...


Promoted by Robbie Spence on behalf of Peter Banks, both of 124 Morant Road, Colchester CO1 2JD

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Local Election Time again May 2nd 2019 - Tubecast #02 - Keep Libraries Open

In my second topic in TubeCast #02 I challenge Essex County Council's (ECC) proposals to close down a whole raft of libraries and to downgrade others to volunteer run community projects. ECC sprang this on local councils, libraries, library staff and the public who were invited to take part in a "Consultation". This process has been flawed throughout, used out of date or spurious data and would not stand up to any sort of legal scrutiny.

West Mersea library is one of those under threat, so let's all love our library more and demonstrate to ECC how they can be enhanced such that Essex becomes known as THE County that cherishes Information, Imagination and Inspiration...


Promoted by Robbie Spence on behalf of Peter Banks, both of 124 Morant Road, Colchester CO1 2JD

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Local Election Time again May 2nd 2019 - Tubecast #01 - Housing for Locals

The first in a micro series of video-blogs created to support my bid as Green Party candidate for the Mersea and Pyefleet in the Colchester Borough Council elections on May 2nd 2019. Not only am I up against the usual suspects it is a tougher field this year as the only UKIP candidate standing in the borough is in my ward plus a new independent, my friend (perhaps fiend!) and the popular current Mayor of West Mersea.

It is hard to call and the results will be of great interest to all the other parties and independents represented!


Promoted by Robbie Spence on behalf of Peter Banks, both of 124 Morant Road, Colchester CO1 2JD

Friday, 22 February 2019

Spot the difference between Molecules and Compounds...

How Molecules and Compounds was made... a look at the technique I use to grab the images off the screen to make into a video using the free Quicktime software on a Mac...

Friday, 11 January 2019

Atoms, Elements and Isotopes... Video #009

Believe it if you dare... this video is in response to requests to cover some basic atomic and nuclear science. So I have decided to break them down into short episodes, your thoughts and comments always appreciated.

And there's still time to wish y'all a Happy New Year!