Thoughts so far. All the online signups are fairly straightforward. The Labour Party asks you to confirm you are not a member of any other party, so I joined that one first.
- Labour Party signup: pretty straightforward, though there's an odd date format for the credit card field. Asks if you're a member of an ethnic minority, are disabled, or are in a trade union. Sleazy aspect: the default link is to a direct debit, which I assume would automatically renew each year. Costs £36 full or £12 for the "unwaged": I was honest and went for the full rate.
- Conservative Party signup was the only one not to work in the Opera browser. "Error Occurred While Processing Request: Element CARDTYPE is undefined in FORM. " I joined with IE eventually: hopefully did not join twice. Otherwise straightforward. Membership is a modest £15 full rate, £3 if you are under 22 (I'm not).
- Liberal Democrat Party signup is straightforward. "Recommended" membership rate is a hefty £42, but the minimum is £6: went for the latter since they didn't name any restrictions. Students can join for a mere £3.
- Respect coalition: far left, slightly dodgy party. £26
- Scottish National Party: left of centre with a strong focus on achieving Scottish independence which is fine by me: I've no objections to ditching the skirt-wearing freeloaders. £12.
- Green Party: used to like them but they've gotten too anti-science for me: by opposing GM and nuclear power I think they're probably doing more to harm the environment than help it. £31 for me, £10.50 for the unwaged.
- Socialist Alliance: more lefties, not actually sure if they're still around after a Byzantine split with Respect.
- UK Independence Party. Claim to be Libertarian, but I suspect closet racism. Very much dislike their immigration policy. £20.
- Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Joke but real party. Not too convinced by their institutionally-wacky humour, but they do send you a free T-shirt. £20
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