Tomorrow, the British public are once again given the responsibility of a vote; although I may have been subconsciously influenced to be politically inclined, I like to believe that this is not the case and I am as objective as possible when deciding which political party gets my vote tomorrow.
I can just about justify a selfish vote that is backed with an understanding of manifestos and how they influence one’s life, even though we may not agree I appreciate that you’ve done your research! However, a vote for a party based on the regurgitation of sound bites, manipulated media and pure ignorance is where democracy is flawed and is what induces worry into those concerned with tomorrow’s vote.
The past year alone has seen monumental changes in our world: we voted to leave the EU; Trump was elected president; the threat of terrorism has been raised to critical, just to name a few. With this in mind, the election tomorrow is one that will be absolutely pivotal for us collectively. I hope that tomorrow people do go out and vote, but they go out and vote with a depth of understanding for the ramifications of what they’re voting for. For this reason, I will share with you my ten reasons why I am ‘voting for the many’…
- Investment in our NHS. It is not a secret that, under a Tory government, our public services will inevitably be privatised. It seems imperative to me, that with a critical threat of terror, those hurt by these attacks will not be restricted by cuts to the NHS or our public health services. It is imperative, regardless of terrorism, that those in need are cared for – please do not desensitise yourself to this as someone needing emergency healthcare may well be your sister, son, auntie or father.
- Free tuition fees. I have just finished my uni degree and it is a bitter sweet feeling. I am ecstatic that I have had the opportunity to study at a higher level and that I have achieved a BA degree; the feeling would prevail if I didn’t have huge student debts hanging over my head. Education should not have a price tag; expensive tuition fees inevitably leave those who have less with less opportunity to get more. Also, more skilled workers ain’t such a bad thing for a society..
- A greater quality of living with the removal of 0 hour contracts and a higher minimum wage. Don’t get me wrong, I can see the arguments against heightening the minimum wage: small businesses struggling to find the money to employ staff at a rate of £10 an hour. However, more people on a higher salary will increase spending within the economy. In addition, 0 hour contracts might be great for the fussy student who doesn’t want fixed working hours, however it is destructive for the wellbeing of an adult who’s only income is from a 0 hour contract, where they are trying to survive, maybe even look after their family, with their next pay day unbeknown to them.
- A vote for a negotiator, NOT a terrorist sympathiser. Corbyn has been accused countless times as someone who associates himself with terrorists, such as the IRA. It baffles me that a man who obviously values human life and wants a government that works for the many can be accused of condoning terrorism. Without negotiation there would never have been peace in Ireland; if one only spoke to those who agreed with them, then they would never convince those who do not. Meanwhile, Theresa May is continuing to sell weapons Saudi Arabia because it’s ‘good for the economy.’
- Safety on our streets. Labour vow to increase our police force, whilst Conservatives plan on cutting it. I feel like right now, we could really do with the extra help…
- A leader who listens. Corbyn believes that leadership is just as much about listening as it is about talking. It seems that Theresa May is complacent in her position as Prime Minister and her public appearances are limited to regurgitating sound bites and ‘preaching to the choir’ speaking to those in obviously very conservative areas. An elderly group playing bowls, as one example.
- A leader who shows up. Theresa May either cannot be bothered to show her face at important debates, or her PR team are concerned for how she may come across to the public if they see too much of her. It’s probably a combination of the two, however, why should we bother to show up and vote for her if she can’t show up for us?
- A productive Brexit. Our relationship with the EU is fragile, and it is crucial that now we have made the decision to leave, we manage to leave with a good deal that benefits us the best we can. This is important for the economy, for security and for trade. I would feel more reassured if May spent less time making rash statements such as ‘tearing up Human Rights laws’ and more time explaining why we should trust her, a previous Remain campaigner, to ensure the best deal for Brexit when she has already informed us that she would be ‘difficult’ and leave with ‘no deal.’ A bad or non-existent deal would result in the UK government not having access to the EU records of those on the terror watch list, much like the male who carried out the recent London attack…
- A leader who values human life (more than tax havens for his money). Corbyn has consistently been on the right side of history. He is against the mass destruction that war and bombing create and he values human life. He values our lives, not just the rich and elite. For some reason, people are very concerned with Corbyn not wanting to ‘press the red button,’ (the mystical button that naive people think fires loads of nuclear bombs far away, that only affect other people, irrelevant to us and solve all problems of terror). People that heckle Corbyn about his resistance to nuclear war seem to forget that nuclear war is not only a catalyst for inevitable mass annihilation but it will affect everyone. Have you ever heard of the Chernobyl disaster? Trying to solve war with war is like trying to protect your virginity with sex. Or as Martin Luther King articulated slightly more eloquently: ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’
- And finally, aren’t we all just looking for a decent man? I could make many more points but I’ll leave you with this… The press is consistently on the side of the conservatives, that’s where the money is, and Corbyn has been repeatedly slammed and excoriated by the press yet, he stands by his decisions and keeps his word. I obviously don’t know him personally, but I’ve met a lot of shitty guys, and he doesn’t seem to be one. Who even is Theresa May? Her personality seems to consist of sound bites given to her by her PR team: ‘strong and stable,’ ‘coalition of chaos’ and ‘a hard brexit,’ and she seems to suffer a lack of direction, or at least a confused direction with her constant U-turns. Oh, also, her voting history suggests she’s probably homophobic and check out her dementia tax, it’s fab.