As I’ve previously ranted about Trump and just how little I think of him, I thought it was about time I was bold enough to put in my twopenneth worth about the upcoming General Election in the UK. It will surprise no one that I’m planning on voting Labour (I’m a ‘snowflake’, what can I say – unique and individual). Throughout my life I’ve always voted either Labour or Lib Dem, I converted to Lib Dem after Labour abolished the student grants. This was something that was very close to my heart, as without a full student grant I could never have even dreamt about attending university. I grew up on a council estate, part of a working class family, and was the only person in my family to go on to university. If I’d never gone to university I can’t begin to imagine how different my life would have been, it’s unlikely I’d have the friends I have (many made at university), live where I live, or be the person I am. For Labour to have taken that opportunity away from people with a similar background to me, felt like the ultimate treachery; I no longer saw them as the party for the working woman.
Then the coalition government happened, Nick Clegg sold his soul for the referendum on Proportional Representation, and lost (why people would vote against their individual vote counting in the numbers of seats awarded to a party, I still can’t get my head around). And they lost my vote too. But I still wasn’t convinced by Labour, I still didn’t see them as representing the people I felt they should have been representing.
And then along came Jeremy. I know a lot of people don’t like him, they don’t like the clothes he wears (to me this is a total joke, I’d rather have someone scruffy who cares about politics and the people in our society that don’t have a voice, than someone who cares about shoes and looks after those that are already really quite well looked after), they don’t think he has a personality and they don’t think he’s strong enough.
I think his public appearances have shown he does have personality, he hasn’t staged his crowds and he isn’t afraid to tackle open questions which he’s not had the opportunity to prepare for. I think his appearances in the run up to the election are showing he is strong, he’s knows what he is talking about, and he believes in what he’s saying. His biggest weakness is the party members behind him, the ones that are still yearning for the watered down Tory days, who aren’t so keen on a socialist being in charge (of a democratic socialist party, godforbid).
The manifesto that has been leaked is full of aims for making this country great again, something that I’m not sure bringing back fox hunting (the only policy, other than Brexit, I’ve really heard about from the Tories) will do. During the years that the Tories have been in charge, foodbank usage is up, the NHS, education and social care services are being slowly crippled, homelessness, child poverty, serious crime is all on the increase. Because they don’t care about the little man, they don’t care about helping the people that they are scaring with their Brexit and ‘coalition of chaos’ rhetoric. They care about themselves and lining their own, and their wealthy friends’, pockets. This isn’t the way to make Britain great; when we look after our poorest, those that are most in need, that is what makes us great.