Blog #009 – The Iron Throne

Hey Tim,

I’ve been meaning to write this one for a while. The problem is, I’m not a huge fan of expressing opinion on the internet. But hey, sometimes you gotta have a voice right?

So I think I’ve mentioned before, I don’t like to say something that’s been said before. I believe that adding to an already widespread opinion doesn’t really help the world. Supporting the lesser supported opinions helps create dialogue maintains a balance. The worst thing is when you begin to believe that there is only one way.

Britain had a general election where we had a hung parliament. So we’ve now got a coalition between the DUP and the Conservatives. I am not exactly happy about this, but neither am I entirely distraught. There’s a lot of opinions surrounding this and I’m going to get lost if I try and list them all, so let’s just stick to the main opinion I hold about all British politics and think back to the last general election I had.

As my friends often like to remind me, I was having trouble deciding between the Green Party and UKIP. I voted Liberal Democrat. Here’s why:

First off, I like the Green Party for it’s environmental concerns. Their influence in parliament would be appreciated. Even if they didn’t have a majority, just a section that would influence decisions to put pressure on the idea that we need to help the Earth. It’s just nice. They’re nice. I agree with them because the idea is friendliness and everything being nice, not necessarily realistic, but nice.

UKIP was garnering a lot of support. I mean, it ended up having a third of the total votes in the election (yet only got one MP? That’s another thing, but we’ll get to that). If you didn’t want to vote Labour or Conservative, then you could vote UKIP because the possibility of them getting into power was incredibly high. They didn’t, but it was close.

So these two options stem from two different ideologies, but their purpose was the same – they were alternative. I didn’t want to vote Labour nor Conservative. The biggest thing that has driven me away from the two major political parties is the fact that they are the major political parties.

They are the widespread opinions.

The worst thing is when you begin to believe that they are the only way.

If things had worked out for the best in my opinion, I would have hoped for a hung parliament again back in 2015. UKIP would have taken votes from Labour and Conservative, and we would have had another coalition (but with much less support for all the parties) for another year running. That, in my opinion, would have been great – the government party system would destabilise, people would begin to believe that alternative parties how power, and we would perhaps move towards a Swedish system with five major parties, or something to that affect. More than two, anyhow, and we’d have more choice. We wouldn’t be restricted to our two-party loyalist shitty politics now, where a vote for Labour is a vote against Conservative and vice versa. Where each side has it’s own set of ‘loyalist’ who would die fighting for their ‘king’.

But this doesn’t explain why I chose Liberal-Democrat. You may think it’s because it’s slap bang in the middle between my other two choices. Sadly, it’s not as simple as that, but it’s still pretty damn simple. In the end, why do I want destabilisation? Why do I want to move away from a two-party system? Why would I prefer non-partisan politics?

I just want to be fairly represented.

I just want to know that there is someone in parliament who feels the same way as me and is fighting on the issues I care about, because that’s the core to democracy. That’s what politics is meant to be about. We get caught up in the fucking game of who wins, that we forget what the actual point of voting is for.

A core value and principle that I have stuck to in life is ‘be the change you want to see’. I may not fight to spread my beliefs, but I fight to hold them. That is just as hard a fight.

So I looked up the politicians who were standing in my area, and I researched them. I looked through their manifestos. I took a look at who they were, what they stood for, what they were all about, and I voted for the person who I felt represented me the best.

I don’t remember who it was. Isn’t that sad?

Now I suppose you might be wondering who I voted for this year? And I’ll tell you that it doesn’t matter. I’ll keep that to myself. But I hope that I made my points clear in how I vote and intend to vote. Perhaps I’ll write more about politics in the future, but it’s really not my forte. I have a lot of opinion about it…

…it just makes me sad.

Yours politically,

PS I do like fictional politics – I need to give that a literary go


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