I must be honest with you I looked at my calendar realised it was that time of the month again… time for another article and I was unsure about what to write about.
The obvious elephant in the room is the forthcoming general election on June 8th, but I was unsure about what I should talk about; or what angle I should go for.
Whenever I hear that an election is approaching an unbridled sense of excitement courses through my veins: I want to see what all parties have to say and offer, I want to see what party comes out on top, and rather of course I want to see the raft of resignations and departures when a party doesn’t get the result that they wanted because it shakes things up a bit. An abundance of ideas popped into my head about what I should cover in this piece, and I have decided to write a basic introduction to the imminent general election in the coming weeks. Let’s talk some Theresa May (Conservatives) and Jeremy Corbyn (Labour) shall we? What do both leaders and parties have to offer this country?
I’d be remiss in not talking about the actions that lead to us having this snap general election in the first place. We were not scheduled to have another general election until 2020 but Theresa May shocked the political world when she decided to call a snap general election in order to strengthen her mandate for Brexit negotiations; it was even more shocking because she said that she would not do such a thing just a month prior to the announcement. Snap general elections are incredibly rare in this country with the last one being called in 1974 by Labour’s Sir Edward Heath and many have praised not only May’s bravery but also her tactical astuteness in picking a time where both public and internal faith of the Labour party and its leadership seems to be at an all-time low. I believe that a convincing Tory win would act as a nationwide seal of approval and sends the message that as a nation we believe she is the right person to secure the best deal for us for when we finally come out of the European Union. The fact that an unelected leader was given the jurisdiction to lead the country its biggest ever decision didn’t quite sit right with me and I for one am glad an election is happening.
If Corbyn is able to marry his idealism with a realistic approach then I think things could look very rosy for us as a nation. Ostensibly, Corbyn appears to be the ‘cool dad’ that lets you stay up late watch films, and drink fizzy drinks to your hearts content; that’s all fine and dandy but the harsh reality is that there is school the next day. Corbyn-sceptics will call some of his proposals impractical bordering on delusional and question how some of them can be achieved? My honest answer is that I simply don’t know, I am not an economist. I can sit here and speculate till the cows come home, but I’d much rather hear what Corbyn has to say about how he is going achieve some of changes he has set out to create, I don’t think it’s as simple as just raising taxes for ‘rich people’.
If there are any takeaways from this piece I want to really impress on your heart that if you are able to vote please vote. The second thing is to let your vote come from an informed decision. The two main candidates (May and Corbyn) both have their pros and cons (which I will explore in great detail in my next piece) and I believe it is your duty to research and find out what party works best for your needs. You may even believe that Tim Farron’s Liberal Democrat party offer a good alternative (I’m of the opinion that what happened in 2010 has set the party back a good few years and this was evidenced in their atrocious showing in the 2015 election.) I don’t believe in rigid political allegiance and the idea that “because my family have always voted labour I will always vote labour”. Life is a funny old thing that continuously ebbs and flows and because of this your needs, wants and desires will change. One day you could be the youngest of 6 kids living in a cramped 3 bedroom flat in Wandsworth and if we fast forward 15 years you could be the CEO of a multi-million pound company. Surely in these two different phases of life you are looking for completely different things? I agree with the Tories in the sense that Brexit and the decision for us to leave the EU should be one of the agendas on their forefront of voters’ minds and we must think about what party can make the best of it. I also agree with Labour that Brexit and all the surrounding implications of it aren’t the only important issues facing voters, and we should look to elect the party who will ultimately improve our quality of life.
Let me know what you think.
Who are you voting for?