Who Should You Vote For?

NB This will be 100%, unashamedly indicative of my own personal political leanings: pretty left. I’m absolutely interested in healthy debate but if you disagree, don’t be a douche about it. Let’s discuss with respect and get on with our lives. 

Here we are, on the eve of perhaps the most important General Election in decades – one we were promised wouldn’t be happening and yet…and yet. I can’t tell you who to vote for and I wouldn’t want to, that decision is incredibly personal and down to you and you alone. I can stress the importance of tomorrow’s poll though.

We are collectively teetering on the very edge of a choice about the kind of country we want to live in and it is every single eligible voters responsibility to be involved in that process.

It would be incredibly easy, especially in the wake of the events of the last fortnight, to feel disillusioned, disengaged and like actually you don’t really give a s**t. Or that it won’t affect your life. Or that your vote doesn’t really matter. The last election was decided by just 5,000 votes. You have a voice, use it.

Use it for the right reasons. The ‘right’ reasons are probably not because your ‘family have always voted that way’ or you probably once read some definitely absolutely indisputably true article about Jeremy Corbyn’s secret back covering tattoo of Chairman Mao.

The right reasons are that you have done your own research, spent some time thinking about the kind of country you want to live in, the kind of country you could live in with pride. The kind of values you want to govern your life and the lives of the people you love the most. Do you want your parents and grandparents to be able to access the right care when they need it and WHERE they need it? Do you want your children to have access to the best education, delivered by teachers who are not so overwhelmed by bureaucracy and testing the hell out of your six year old that they can be creative educators focused on the needs of each individual child? Do you want to know that our leaders are not flogging guns to those with, shall we say, ‘questionable’ intentions?

Do you really begrudge the highest earners and biggest companies paying a little more tax to support the most vulnerable in our communities and to make these things possible? Do you want someone too afraid to openly discuss her personal beliefs (who can’t even pick an effing Harry Potter character) and unwilling to enter healthy political debate, to be leading our country through the minefield of exiting the EU? Do you want ‘Britain’ to be synonymous with inclusivity and love and respect?

From the very first sentence of this post, my leanings were crystal clear. My personal politics and the way I’ll be voting tomorrow are based entirely on my own experience of the world. From growing up in a council house in the deepest depths of the north, to my education which was free and fantastic and taught me that austerity is not the way to stimulate economic growth. From my policeman dad who constantly throws himself (sometimes far too literally) in the face of danger to help others despite being consistently under resourced, to my mum who saves lives each and every day in an NHS hospital no longer fit for purpose. From the care my in-laws received to the lives I want any offspring I produce to have.

Spend some time today informing yourself, read the manifestos, think seriously about the things that are important to you, about kind of country you’d be proud to call home. One which bows down to the pressure of a tango’d madman, cuts public services beyond all recognition and workability? Or one that genuinely wants the best outcome for the most people as much of the time as possible?

Whatever your political leanings, please please go and vote. It matters.

Deep breath and three…..two….one….discuss?

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