And fundamentally so.
By nature I'm Conservative (and conservative). But at the last two elections I've not voted for their candidate because I objected to the person, not his policies.
This page typifies my feelings: no matter which party reflects your general views, you might disagree with it on some points, and its candidate might disagree with it - and if your choice is unlikely to be part of the winning party, does it matter, but does you voting for that candidate on that basis matter because you're just voting for the party that wins, not the one you're actually following.
On both occasions I've voted for my second choice, the LibDem, but on neither occasion have they won, so my choice is irrelevant. But that's the price you pay in an election, the loser's votes are lost. But your representative is still bound to listen to you - but unlikely to ever reflect your views in parliament.
The UK's House of Commons (the "lower" house, but the one where all the decisions are made) is made up of 657 MPs (plus the elected, but independent speaker). Each represents approx. 80-90,000 people. But the number of swing seats is (usually) at most 30-40 (last time round was exceptional). In these seats around 10-15,000 are the real floating voters. So, realistically, the government (Labour or Conservative as the LibDems are unlikely to ever manage enough until we get genuine PR) is going to be chosen by 300-600,000 people. Or 0.5-1.0% of the population.
Yes folks, democracy is alive and well and living in the UK.
As Winston Churchill said (I paraphrase), "Democracy is the worst form of government, but it's the best we've got"
I can't honestly vote for my representative. I want to be involved in every decision myself. Party politics is a mug's game, but in a constituency of over a few thousand, it's the only way.
I'm with Richard Pryor ("Brewster's Millions") "None of the Above!!"