Words by: Ryan Child
It’s 11am, Thursday 7th of May and I’ve finally decided who to vote for in what has been the most painfully drawn out campaign since David Moyes’ season in charge of Manchester United.
The idea of voting tactically has been tossed around a lot but, in reality, it’s an antiquated premise championed by old politicos still high on Blue and Red pills.
If you want to vote Labour or Conservative then you should, but if you don’t then don’t give in to the Peer pressure.
Saying no is cool too.
The fact is that if loads of people vote for the Green Party, or any other smaller party, then one of two things will happen.
Number one is that more Green Party representatives will gain seats in the houses of parliament and will hold the government to account on stuff like switching over to renewable energy sources.
Number two, and much more likely, is that hardly any Green Party members get into parliament but the overall number of votes will be greatly increased.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. It’s a bit bloody late to be going on about his now.
However, it was a Bank Holiday Weekend and today is the first day my brain has started working again. My guess is that I’m not the only one, and that the ‘vote before work’ idea didn’t quite come off for you either.
Anyway, back to this idea of actually voting for what you believe in.
In the European elections last year loads of people went out and voted for UKIP and the government had a major panic attack.
That hadn’t happened for a long time. More than 100 years, actually.
Next thing you know Mr Cameron, breathing into a brown paper bag, sweating from his shiny posh face, was forced to blar on way more about immigration and a EU referendum.
And anyone close to politics knows he is hugely against the idea. But UKIP voters forced his hand.
Tony Blair is another example, when he turned Labour into a ‘New version of the Tories’ because voters were so conservatively inclined at the time.
These changes were all because of the public.
Some people say stuff like, “I’m going to vote Labour because it’s the only way to make a difference.”
Those people are wrong.
Either Labour or The Conservatives have ruled the United Kingdom since 1905.
How can voting tactically for either one be making a difference?
Voting for a smaller party that you believe in will help to change the political panorama in a way that hasn’t happened for a long time.
It’s a process that will follow on into the next election so you have to be patient, but then nothing that’s any good happens straight away. Just look how long this series of Mad Men took to arrive.
The Scottish National Party are the best example of this.
The Scots wanted a referendum. They got it and voted to stay in the U.K.
But then they decided, “Ok, but we are coming down to Westminster to represent ourselves properly, because if we are staying in this union then you lot better listen to what we want.” They used to just vote Labour the whole time.
On a smaller scale, Wales and Northern Ireland have done the same.
Labour and the Conservatives used to dominate the other states in the union, but that has changed because the people wanted it too.
Now maybe you think the Green Party or UKIP are just two small parties with not much going on in terms of realistic policies etc. That’s because they are small little babies that need time to learn and get bigger.
And with support over the next few years’ these little babies will grow, evolving from the roots of today’s ideas to make tomorrow better.
So why not have some blind hope and see if that can happen, rather than just feel as hopeless as you did on Monday morning.
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