Getting All Political

There are just over two weeks until the General Election in the UK. You know, the snap election that Mrs May said she had no intention of calling, and then in a U-turn that is becoming a habit, changed her mind.

At 23.59 tonight (Monday 22nd May 2017) the window for registering to vote closes, so if you want to vote but haven’t registered, the sands of time are almost run out. If you’re in the 18-24 age group, you have to realise that your vote is incredibly important. Whether you’re a Tory toerag, a Labour lackey, or a Lib Dem lover, your vote is your democratic right. Remember the voting statistics for the EU Referendum? It was the 18-24 year olds who failed to turn up in their droves, and then shouted about the older generation ruining their futures.

Excuse the language, but his point is valid.

However you vote doesn’t matter. Just put your cross in the box, and have your say. So many people claim that they aren’t interested in politics. But every little part of your life is influenced by politics. Whether it’s the cost of your shopping or the amount of tax you pay on your wages. If you’re a parent, then you have to worry about your children’s education – be it the tests they’re subjected to or the school dinners they get. Not to mention the cost of them going on to University. If you’re older, then your concern is going to be healthcare – access to your GP, or long-term care requirements.

I don’t know why, but the last few votes (General Election or Referendum) have tended to be fought on the basis of spreading fear of the opposition rather than promoting the positives of their own campaign. And the mainstream media have enabled this ‘nasty politics’.

Personally, I am still undecided how I’ll vote. In the North Shropshire constituency, Owen Patterson represents the Conservatives in what I would call an ultra-safe seat with a majority of around 17,000 in 2015. But, despite this, I will still vote. And still carry on complaining when Mr Patterson wins again. I would like to vote with my convictions, but feel a tactical vote for the most likely to defeat the Tories may be required.

The amount of character assassination aimed at Jeremy Corbyn is unfair. The picture of a bumbling imbecile with no leadership capabilities has been propagated by the right-leaning media and even the so-called impartial BBC seems to have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. Personally, I find him honest, fair, and engaging. He is never afraid to talk to people, in comparison with Theresa May who has gone from one stage-managed invite-only meeting to the next, avoiding unsolicited questions that could uncover the incompetence and inability behind the “Strong and Stable” mantra.

At the end of the day, this election is all about ‘Brexit’. Theresa May is hoping for a big enough majority to enable her to carry out the biggest act of self-inflicted stupidity this nation has ever engaged in. This is where all the Brexiteers get defensive and tell me to stop moaning… the nation decided… democracy… we want our country back… yada yada yada. But there is the right way to leave the EU, and there is the Tory, UKIP-lite way.

So, all I can say is go and vote. But don’t be a dick and vote for the Tories!!!


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