Talking politics is a bit of a minefield in the past few years. With the world becoming more and more polarised between two opinions and people being forced to ‘join sides’ and labelled by their opinions.
As you may know (or may not if you’re not from here) the PM Theresa May has just called for a snap election in the UK. This means the next election will take place this June instead of 2020 when it was previously scheduled for (once elected, parties usually hold their power for 4 years in the UK).
Whichever way you plan to vote, or if your unsure here are some things to consider, which may even change your mind.
No matter who you are voting for the most important thing is that you do.
The percentage of people who don’t vote is actually higher than those who do, so all you people who say “whats the point my vote won’t count” the point is it does. If more people voted we would have a greater majority. We would also know how more people feel about certain issues and hopefully, the chosen government would cater to your views.
I always say that no one knows what you think you have to tell them. You can never assume they already know you have to be explicit about what you want, in all aspects of life really but applied to politics, don’t assume your country will vote one way – because you could be wrong! It’s happened here and it happened in America.
If you are a woman then I am even angrier if you don’t vote.
Women have had the vote for just under 100 years in the UK (they got the right to vote in 1918) – that’s it! In some countries, they still can’t!
100 years ago you would have been laughed out of the polling booth and told to get back to the kitchen. Women did not have a voice. We now do. It is our duty to the suffragettes who died for our right to vote, to honour that privilege.
2. BE AWARE OF BIAS.
God, I can’t say this enough (insert eye roll emoji)
Whichever party you vote for there are extremes within that party and there are certain media outlets – particularly certain newspapers, who enjoy printing fear mongering and sensationalism around this time in order to sway the vote.
Take everything with a pinch of salt, good and bad.
3. Be fair-minded.
Partly the reason I’m being very general in this post is that everyone has their own opinion. You have to respect that.
I am very “left” minded, but I do understand the concerns of the “right”. Everyone has something that influences their way of thinking, be it jobs, healthcare, security etc.
In the same breath, you do not have to respect someone who is spreading hatred and bigotry. There is a line between politics and outright aresholeness.
The BNP/EDL whatever the fuck else they are going to call themselves are not entitled to an opinion, in my opinion, because they don’t want a fair conversation. They are hateful.
4. Be calm
You cannot argue with stupid as the saying goes.
Well, likewise you can’t have an argument over politics. It’s understandably a very heated topic as so many people are affected by the outcome. But you’ll only look like a fool screaming at someone with opposing views to you.
The best way to challenge the other person’s ideas is to ask them questions about why they think that.
“So uncle Jack why do you think all immigrant are stealing our jobs?”
“To Tom why do you think clapping should be banned at public events”
Both are ridiculous views in themselves, but you’ll never get anywhere by just telling someone they are wrong.
5. Read the parties manifestos
To be honest, I have never done this, and not a lot of people I know have either. But we all should.
The manifesto is basically a booklet that tells you what each party plans to do, should they be elected. It’s usually very detailed and you may see plans or points in there that you weren’t previously aware of, or you may find things you don’t agree with. Either way, you won’t have a true understanding of what each party wants unless you read the bloody thing. I am guilty too but I usually follow my last point.
6. Look around you
Only you know what matters to you, look around at the world your living in. What changes would you make? Are there any parties with similar plans?
Look at your schools, hospitals, childcare, neighbours, crime, job opportunities, look at the people in your area, what affects them?
It’s usually common sense to me what I can see lacking. Although I now live in London, back home is a very run down area, I had no prospects there, our hospital is only open so many hours a day, people are poor and miserable, but the air is damn cleaner than here!
It’s a very complex issue, but please think about what affects you.
A lot of people I know, when they have no idea who to vote for will vote the same as their parents did and I cannot stand that.
If you feel that party aligns with your views then fine, but for god sake don’t just do it on a whim. What affects them will more than likely not affect you in the same way, you need to form your own opinions.
7. Think about the future
Obviously, things affect you now but think about the laws that will be put in place during the time the chosen party are in power. How they will affect your children? or grandchildren? Think about how things will be different in 4 years time if we carry on down this path.
I personally don’t like what I’m seeing at the moment and want change.
Anyway, I hope this has been a fair attempt to just get you to BLOODY VOTE.