I have already cast my vote.
I will be away from home on Election Day, so I sent it in by post.
And I really struggled with where to where to put my ‘X’. The truth is that I didn’t want to support any of them; that I feel completely betrayed by all of them. Voting matters though and so I gave my support to the candidate who appeared to me to represent the least worst option.
But it wasn’t much of a choice. (And, by the way, how on earth did we end up in a place where ‘least worst option’ was the best that anyone could offer.)
The Conservative-led governments of the last ten years have:
And so it goes on.
Austerity was a conscious, deliberate political choice – the cost of which remains greatest for those least able to bear it.
And now the Conservatives are led by Boris Johnson:
A man who is utterly unfit to be Prime Minister.
But what of the alternative?
It really isn’t much of a choice.
Whatever happened to political leadership in this country? Whatever happened to the truth? To decency and to standards in public life? To robust but honourable public debate? To the old-fashioned notion of public service?
I am almost fifty years of age and I have never felt more disillusioned with the people who are supposed to be in charge.
Footnote (i): At the risk of repeating myself… I belong to no party. I never have and I never will. I am not ‘for’ the current Labour Party any more than I am ‘for’ the current Conservative Party. The thing I am actually ‘for’ is better government, better politics and better politicians.
Footnote (ii): Of course, there are some good politicians out there. Some who might actually be great, on both sides of the House. But they are not the ones in charge just now.