I have been a politics nut, since I was a kid. Not as an interest in itself, but because it is important to my life. To my country. It is how we govern ourselves-how could I not be?
The responsibility living in a democracy brings is to play your part. Make your voice heard. Use your vote.
The policies of these parties have an effect on my life- I don’t doubt that. But watching this election makes me doubt whether we, the voters have any role to play at all.
Each party shouting about how ‘fair’ they are going to be.
Fair? In an election where we are facing public service cuts beyond imagination? Because of a complete lack of the regulation that Labour imposed on its citizens, on banks? Deregulation which the Tories were screaming as loudly for, and it would have been political suicide to oppose?
Labour shouting fair, while forcing through a bill which restricts rights of millions, to suit corporate interests?
All the main parties pretending we are cutting public services because of waste? Blaming the public sector, and british people, for a mess that was caused by companies who continue to pay themselves millions in bonuses?
Labour have the gall to do this, while hoping their vocal support of Surestart, will convince us all that they are our party. They have the interests of the British people at heart.
The Conservatives riding a platform of anti-big government, to solve a problem which was caused by government not being big enough? Adopting the platform of a Christian Right who want abortion as an election issue, and those pesky gay people to stop whinging? Women’s health for votes? How much contempt do you have to show voters, to campaign on a platform designed by George W Bush himself, as a solution to the problems caused by precisely those ideas?
Apparently a return to the Victorian era, with public services replaced by a mismatch of voluntary services, and private companies profiting from our misery, is what we need? Those universal services-like education, were just encouraging us to be layabouts. Cast out those busybodies who think that professional training gives them some kind of expertise… And by the way- lets sell off the bank debts, so that the banks don’t have to repay them- and some of you lucky people may profit. Are there any poor people we can blame?
I know, lets get people talking about the single mothers of Broken Britain!
Fair? When both parties telling me that a vote for anyone but them, is wasted? How can a hung parliament be worse than one dominated by a party who hold the British people in contempt?
Pardon my ignorance, but this is about the least fair election I can remember.
That’s ok- we have televised leadership debates now.
If they are on television, that is democracy in action right? We have more say if we can press a button, and ITV measure our ‘votes’? Are we more involved, or more distracted?
If the media will help us get our voice heard,why is coverage of this, the most important election in living memory, dominated by the platitudes issues by our main parties?
Why is the news agenda dictated by whatever absurdities politicos want to utter- with noone pointing out to politicians that parsletongue, and murmurings of making things fair, are absurd in this situation? Why are an educated media, who know fine well why we are in this mess- not asking about bank reform, unethical foreign policy?
I have never been so close to refusing to vote. I am beginning to think that actually, me voting adds credence to this charade.
We have bigger problems than the economy.