I am PASSIONATE about politics as a rule. I have strong ideas about wanting things to be better, fairer, kinder, happier, less greedy, less money orientated, huggy, snuggly and warm. Yet this election is leaving me a little bit meh to be honest.
I desperately want the result to go the right way (and to me that is definitely the left way, in case my second sentence didn’t make that obvious enough!), yet as things stand with the electoral system I feel like my own personal vote counts for very little.
I can (and probably will) vote for the party that has my heart , yet where I live that is virtually valueless as they will never get elected here. Or I can vote for a party who I don’t fully trust or believe in, but they are better than the party of the present incumbent and have more chance of winning here than my party of choice (albeit a slim chance).
I don’t want to vote tactically. I want to vote for the party who I think will do the best job, who sit nearest to my own personal beliefs. And I want that vote to mean I will be represented in government by somebody I chose to put there. As things stand currently I have an MP who’s views on the majority of topics are far, far removed from my own – and yet he is my only voice in government. He does not speak for me. His party does not speak for me. Yet he is all I get.
And it isn’t just me. The outcome of the election is really decided by very few votes in very few constituencies, and that bugs me a bit. I believe STRONGLY in democracy, and believe PASSIONATELY in using your vote, I just wish mine counted for something.
Yes. I want proportional representation, so that my cross in a box actually counts towards the make-up of the government, rather than just being a statistic somewhere. The argument against PR used to be that it leads to hung parliaments and coalitions – well, we had that this parliament anyway, and it looks pretty likely that will be the outcome again this time around.
No, I don’t know the specifics of how you make it work, I am ALL about the big picture – but loads of other countries manage it, so why not us! And I reckon more people would bother to vote in the first place if they knew there was a guarantee it actually counted towards something. It is time for a change I think, not just of government but of the whole way they are elected in the first place.
I will still be in the polling booth on Thursday, of course. But I would enjoy making my mark that little bit more if I thought it was likely to achieve something.
Love Miss Cisco XXX