Election

Election

Tomorrow is the day. What will we decide collectively about our future? I wrote a few weeks ago about engaging in politics and I think this election is interesting in that it has engaged people of all ages and backgrounds. It has also featured terrorist incidents which have halted campaigning briefly. So it will be memorable for that alone.

I have compared the manifestos of the various parties, particularly on issues of the health service, defence, and taxation. I have been impressed by what the Labour Party and the Greens have to say, and generally how similar they are. Though the Greens have floated the possibility of an election alliance nothing appears to have been agreed, but one can’t help but wonder if the circumstances turn out right whether a combination of parties might emerge which will result in a change of government. I can but hope!

If I am wearing my heart on my sleeve, as It begins to look as if I am, then I want to say how pleased I am that some politicians don’t give snappy headline answers to questions but aim for a balance and reasoned statement. This is not the same as fudging the issue or dodging the question. I find it sad that one party leader uses the excuse of not talking about one’s faith as a reason to not answer a question.

I have found myself thinking that Jeremy Corbyn could be a decent Prime Minister. I believe he has grown in stature with the experience of leadership. On the other hand I find myself more and more fearful of what might happen if Theresa May continues to be Prime Minister. The one thing I wish that was different is that the Labour Party would declare itself in favour of abandoning Trident. Both the Greens and SNP make capital out of the way the money could be spent in different ways. The thing I fear is a repeat of the disastrous allowance between the Libdems and the Conservatives.

Of the slogans that have emerged in the lasts few weeks, I am worried about what ‘strong and stable leadership’ might mean, but hope that we can be ‘for the many not just the few’. A phrase that came out of worship expresses another hope, that we might continue to be a welcoming society. ‘Wherever you have been, you are welcome’.

My hope is that the votes of younger people will make a difference, and that the ‘grey’ vote will not be based on self interest but the good of the whole society. Our first past the post system usually means that certain swing seats will determine the outcome. So I am not sure what the various polls mean. Like most of us I will vote and hope!

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