We are holding our third General election in five years in the UK today. That is Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
I won’t bore you with the politics but our parliament was opposing our prime ministers policies so he decided to try and get more politicians on his side by calling an election despite there being a previous one about two years ago.
What has ensued has been a bit of a farce, with politicians apparently going into hiding so they don’t cause problems by saying inappropriate things. The Prime Minister has hidden from journalists, and refused to be interviewed by senior journalists despite his opponents being interviewed.
The use of social media has also been questionable, with targeted information being pushed at voters. Most of the time you are in your own bubble, you don’t see what other party supporters see, some of this is from Trolls who stir up hate and animosity.
Last night in several constituencies posters of a very disturbing nature were put up. They could be classed as libelous. They were taken back down by the political party that was being attacked, but they must have been paid for by a concerted group of people and they may have breached rules about how much campaign’s are allowed to spend.
Whatever happened, or happens, the results are due to start flooding in later tonight. It’s been a cold wet miserable day, but there have been reports of queues round the block in some places.
I appreciate the right to vote. As a woman I feel privileged to have the right to do so, following the fight by the suffragettes in the 20th Century. To people in the UK, I would say its a miserable evening, but please use your vote and show you care about your fellow citizens.
Someone said to me today? Why Vote, what’s the point? I didn’t jump down their throat, but I thought, why do I vote?
I guess I care about my world, my life, the people around me, family, friends. The people in other countries. Global warming, sale of armaments, waging wars. The impoverishment of many people because of austerity.
Life seems to be unfair, lots of things don’t work out, but that’s the point of democracy, to try and improve the world for everyone. Being able to Vote is important, you can change things, you can make a difference.
In the 19th and 20th century people fought for the vote. Suffragettes fought for it, working class people fought for it. Why not respect their actions and Vote. It is important. I guess it doesn’t matter which party. It may not be the one I think people should vote for but I respect your right to do it. Thinking about countries around the world where voting is limited to only certain people, I think everyone should be enfranchised.
Britain is in a fog, continent isolated. Which was something like a headline in the 1950’s?
Britain is due to leave the EU (European Union) on 31st October because some of the British people decided in 2016 that they wanted to leave.
But now our new prime minister has decided to prorogue parliament, that means stopping parliament meeting for five weeks to stop them fighting against brexit. It appears that he wants to leave Europe without a deal. That means we might end up paying tariffs to import or export goods, there is also a chance that our health service will be privatised further and difficulty importing medicines and food.
It seems ridiculous that this has happened. He’s even got the queen involved, asking for her approval. It’s madness.
So why prorogue? Our prime minister says he needs the time to announce new policies, funny, previous prime ministers don’t usually do that.
In the meantime there is a petition which has been going just today and has already over 596000 signatures. The madness in this country seems to be the populism that is washing over the world. Not just here but in America and places like Brazil.
In the time it took to write it the petition has topped 600000!
Brexit. Such a difficult thing.
I’m trying to work out how to explain Brexit and why I think it’s bad. So I tried to come up with an analogy and chose ice cream… Yum.
Imagine your country had a vote to take back control. The plan is to give free ice cream to everyone. There will be no rules except for ones we set ourselves…
Free ice cream everyone, yipee…
But the farmers are worried as they will get no revenue as the government want the ice cream but don’t want to pay the farmers. People won’t be able to get milk because it is all going on ice cream. Then we realise that if we keep our promise (it was democratic after all) children and adults will start getting obese. People will start getting type two diabetes. People will have an increased risk of cancer…
But it was democratic. The people decided, ice cream for all. Now we could do that, but because of tariffs on flavouring the only flavour available for poor people is synthetic vanilla, made in a non EU country, and to get that we must sell off our farms to that country. So we have all these problems, plus we won’t get subsidies that helped our farmers, especially in the parts of the country that suffer poverty and blamed the EU for it. The ice cream is made, but its not free, the EU won’t help (why would they?) and the ice cream industry goes into recession. Why would you vote for that? A non political party of the ice cream is started, and take seats in Europe, but their plans are very right wing, like insisting on only white ice cream, no chocolate. Things get worse… But 52% voted for it so it must be OK…? Right ?
Well, that was a day I stood in a local election. I didn’t win.
I walked around about half the ward today. I talked to lots of people. I had some good responses but I was not well known so I understand why I didn’t get the vote. I will have to try and help more there perhaps. At the moment my knees and ankles are aching so much I can’t move. I wanted to help. I hope the person they selected is able to help.
The mild balmy weather which is so unseasonal for this time of year now seems to have disappeared. The cats are curled up over the radiator on their cat tower. The central heating is now on full time. The weather forecast is for freezing rain and possibly later on snow. I’m lucky not to be shivering outside in this bad weather. People are living outside in this, finding shelter in doorways and under sheets of plastic or in tiny cheap tents.
Why is this? Our country has a policy called Austerity. Money has been cut from benefits for everyone. Whether you work or not incomes have reduced since the world crash of 2008 and are only recently starting to increase again. Austerity is said to be over but I can’t see that happening soon.
Now we have the follies of Brexit. Enough said. Government is distracted by this stupid policy and in the meantime people can go to hell in a handbasket.
Will no one listen to the poor, the huddled masses? Not if you live in some of the richest countries in the world, and certainly not if you live in poorer countries.
Democracy, a way of governing by committees and voting. Except it doesn’t always work. I do not think we should be anarchists, but we should try and fix democracy.
Fun fact: 80 men have as much money as half the world’s population that’s
80 : 3,600,000,000 (approx).
So, its freezing rain out there. I’m keeping snug. But who can say what will happen to any of us in future?