I had a dilemma – what should I do on Thursday, May 5?
Could I vote for the Lib Dem candidates – a party I was a member of for nearly 20 years, and indeed stood for as a candidate in these elections 12 years ago?
No – for three reasons.
Firstly, the party’s broken promise on student fees.
Secondly, the party leadership has shown its raw underbelly of economic liberalism.
Lastly, I could not vote for candidates who do not live in the ward.
Could I vote Conservative?
In the local context, I work very closely with Jan Duncton and Eileen Lintel and have great respect for them both.
At a personal level they could have my vote, but at a party level, could I vote for Thatcherism gone rampant? I think not.
As for UKIP, I won’t waste my words.
So what to do?