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astralcars

The top 10% have only had 1% of their wealth deducted? Given the negligible nature of that 1%, why stop there? Just deduct wealth until the living standards of both groups are more or less equal. Redistribution for the sake of redistribution seems to be the goal, after all.

Additionally, I wonder proportion of that bottom 25% are so poor that they can't afford shelter or food. Inequality in itself is no gague of absolute poverty.

In any case, it's good to see a high profile journalist around :)

Matthew Whitfield

Thanks for that, Polly. I think that for Filter^ readers that live in marginal (or anything approaching marginal) constituencies you've given them sound advice. A Tory government would be a disaster for this country. I, on the other hand, live in Liverpool Riverside constituency which has a pro-war, pro-Blair excuse for an MP, who also happens to have an unassailable majority. So, I have the luxury of being able to indulge in some principled voting and I shan't be supporting a government and a Prime Minister I'm profoundly disappointed by. I admire those who don't have this luxury, and who have to wear their nose pegs and get on with the difficult job of voting Labour. Having recently left the Labour Party I could hardly be so hypocritical as to vote for them anyway.

I have decided that I value my vote too much to spoil my paper, so I'll be voting for the most appropriate protest party in my constituency.

Anthony - can Polly become a regular contributor?

AJE

I don't think that's for me to decide! I'm delighted she was willing to write this piece for us, and I've told her that she's more than welcome to do so again.

TIS

Thanks to Polly Toynbee, for this (and for thoughts on reactions to the Pope's death in the weekend's Guardian).

I am in a curious position, as I shall be voting in Bristol West - a 'three-way marginal', which Labour took from the Conservatives in 1997, with the Lib Dems edging into second place in 2001. A vote for anyone might let in somebody else. My heart tells me to vote for the lukewarm old Labourish MP here.

Any thoughts or advice appreicated.

Matthew Whitfield

In your position, Tom, I'd certainly vote Labour, especially as your appear to have a sitting MP of quite some integrity. I don't know if you're already familiar with this, but I've found www.sonowwhodowevotefor.net a very useful resource. John Harris, the author of the book from which this website has sprung, is unequivocal in his support for 'tactical' voting - a slightly sordid term, but nonetheless a useful tool in this painfully unfair electoral system we have. Good luck anyway, I'm sure you'll make the right decision for you and for Bristol West.

TIS

Thanks, a useful site. My 86 year old landlady (a former Communist) tells me I have to vote for Valerie Davey, the Labour MP.

Silviu

What do you guys think of someone like Ms. Thatcher? Would you have supported her in the 80's, seeing how she was a conservative, and not a fan of large government? Is redistribution for its own sake “better” today than in the 80’s? If so, why?

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walter

Wow, a post on the Filter from someone whose opinion actually matters....

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