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Your chance to vote in the South African election

Well, virtually at least, as the Mail & Guardian has one of those 'who should I vote for?' quizzes.

As is so often the case with these things, many of the questions are focused on very specific local concerns rather than broad principles that might apply in these parts, and much of the time one has to make a decision based on pretty vague statements.

My result was 'FPP: a minority party focused on protecting the interests of the Afrikaner'. That sounded a little alarming, but probably came from my lack of relish for black empowerment programmes, rather than disclosing a hankering to hang out with Eugène Terre'Blanche.

Anyway, it has an English language website, and there is material in its programme that could be termed Classic Liberal:

We appeal to Afrikaners and everyone who identifies themselves with us, to stand up against
  • The ANC’s centralisation of power;
  • Marginalisation of Afrikaners and other minorities;
  • Unreasonable affirmative action and discrimination;
  • Crime, immorality and corruption; and
  • The undermining of property rights.

My next best match was the Democratic Alliance - the official opposition to the ANC - led by the tougher than nails and B/S free zone that is Helen Zille, and for which party I would probably vote for if I was out on the Rand. Azapo was a particularly bad match, which is heartening

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Anonymous Geoff said... 2:04 pm

Hmm, I got FFP followed by DA as well. One or two questions I wasn't keen on any of the answers though, and one or two I liked several of the options but hey ho, that's the beauty of surveys.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 2:35 pm

Agreed. In a few cases I was thinking along the lines of 'what have any of /those/ answers got to do with the price of fish?'  



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