With 6 days to go and while most would probably not even know there's an election for our next British overlord with all the terrorist and paris
accord distractions going I figured I'd throw up a post so we can all say why we'll be voting for whoever we vote for. Anyone can participate
really, you can throw in your virtual vote as if you were a UK citizen as well, providing you know what the manifesto's are for each party.
Which you can check here thanks to the BBC
So for me I'll be voting Green, not only because I hate Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem and UKIP is far too right wing for my liking but because
they actually have the most policies out of all the parties that I agree with.
They want to phase in a four-day working week, I think this would be great, more life for people to enjoy and less slavery. They also want to move
towards a system of a "universal basic income" which is something I have always thought would only be a benefit for all humans, if our basic needs
are seen to without worry then it will make life easier, less stressful and generally make people happier and happy people generally don't do bad
They also want to ban arms sales to oppressive regimes which is something I'm sure we can all agree on as those arms usually go to the wrong hands,
the only real "Green" policies I agree with is their aim to ban fracking and scrap plans for new nuclear power stations, we've seen from both
Chernobyl and Fukushima that nuclear power while useful and better than fossil fuels when it works is an absolute clusterf#k when things go wrong and
we all know the problems that come with fracking too so it's a good thing.
For healthcare I really can't fault their efforts, they want to roll back use of private providers in the NHS which will only be a good thing as we
can move away from health care being treated like a business and instead about caring for patients, Provide an immediate cash injection to the NHS
which is greatly needed and probably the most important is bringing mental health care into line with physical health care, so people who need it can
get treated when they need treatment instead of usually waiting months to see somebody, it will also enable more jobs in that sector.
This will be a touchy subject for some and I know it only works in a perfect world but I like that they want to retain free movement of citizens
between the UK and the EU, I believe a person should be free to move anywhere they want on this planet without borders and checks. I also understand
why people feel the opposite about this because of how dangerous a world we live in thanks to certain individuals but my desire for more freedom far
outweighs my wish for protection.
For Education they have some decent sensible policies
Scrap tuition fees and fund full student grants
Restore the Education Maintenance Allowance
Free early education and childcare for all children
As an ex student I believe education should be freely accessible to all so I'm in favour of them scrapping fees and wiping all loans clear, it's
also worth noting that the majority of student loans will NEVER be paid back so wiping the debt clean makes no difference to the financial costs.
And finally they want to
Introduce proportional representation for parliamentary and local elections
Lower the voting age to 16
Replace the House of Lords with an elected second chamber
Proportional Representation is how it should be done, not based on constituencies, if 40% of the population vote for one party then that party should
have 40% of the representation in Parliament. The current system is old and dated and is in no way democratic, it only serves to benefit the bigger
parties while the smaller parties constantly get screwed.
Lowering the voting age to 16 is just sensible, if you're old enough to work, serve in the military and pay taxes, you're old enough to vote, it's
The House of Lords is another old and archaic system which offers little benefit within the political system, I'm not sure an elected second chamber
is needed either though but if it gets rid of the Lords then I'm in favour!
Ironically however the grass isn't greener on the other side (pun intended) as there are certain policies I don't agree with like their desire to
reintegrate with the EU, I voted to remain so this should be of benefit to me right ? No! I believe in the voting system and the majority voted to
leave so that's what we should do, in reality I'm not fussed either way.
I also don't really agree with their climate change policies however, they have good intent to make the environment nicer so it's not such a bad
thing if it brings back more scenery and moves away from the concrete jungles.
They want to scrap our nuclear deterrent which I don't agree with either, if all the other nuclear nations are keeping their nukes then we should
too, IF however all nations agree to disarm then I'm happy to go along with it, but I don't think it's a good idea to remove one of your most
potent political bargaining chips if the others aren't doing the same.
And finally Increasing the overseas aid budget from 0.7% to 1.0% of GDP I'm "meh" on this I don't really think we should be sending out a lot of
the foreign aid we send as it doesn't get spent the way I'd like to see it get spent (we send money to India who have a freaking space program and
nukes and to Pakistan who also have nukes), if the money was well spent I'd be behind it but I don't really see an extra 3p on every £10 in aid,
that much of a deal.
I'm also curious how many of us Brits who are voting actually know the policies of all the parties and if after reading up on them has made you
change your mind ?