Friday, 8 May 2015

Say Goodbye to 'Great' Britain

This isn't a music post, not in any way. A Conservative government is not music to my ears, and more importantly it is not what 64% of this country voted for. That's an unbelievably bad representation of votes.

Whilst no-one could have predicted the majority government that has been the result of the election, not least myself, it is worth noting a few comments about what it means.

People were either scared to tell pollsters they were voting Tory, or there was a sudden shift. The exact same thing happened with the independence referendum for Scotland - the result was different from what appeared to be a near certain end to the United Kingdom.

Sadly, we have had our chance to change the voting system from the flawed first past the post to something better (anything would do, really). We voted against it - I say 'we' in the loosest of sense, as the turnout was a mere 42% in the AV referendum. The main dinosaurs in politics are unlikely to make a push for it again, unless a smart Labour government backs this move. Whilst the Greens would benefit, so would UKIP, and no-one sane I know would want that. I think this idea has to be put to bed for a while.

If Russell Brand wants to make his YouTube clips on political opinion any more valid then their already low reputation, he needs to stand as an MP. He changed his mind, conveniently after the deadline to vote had passed (smart move), to voting Labour (smarter move). Now Ed Miliband, along with Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, have stepped down from their respective parties, he will probably dither more and change his mind again. To represent a figure that is hard to estimate, the percentage of the population who do not believe in the democracy we have, he needs to stand. He needs to stand for a new party, if this can be allowed, that have one sole motive: change. By change, I mean a vote for this party would be a vote for not believing in anyone else.

By sitting on the sidelines and either not registering, opting not to vote or tactically voting elsewhere, people are being lost in the ether. It is impossible to tell how many people have truly voted for the party they believe in, more than ever, but if you do not believe in the system we currently have, I feel this would be the best way forward. I'd rather that then hearing Russell say 'don't vote' over and over, again.

I voted Labour in this election because I believe they were brave, and wanted to change the country for the better. Abolishing non-dom status will have lost them voters that are in the top 1% of wealth of the country, but gained thousands of those struggling under the coalition. A promise of an increase in minimum wage to £8 by 2019 was welcome, and I cannot see how anyone can disagree with this. The Greens promised it to be £10 in a similar time frame - I'm not sure how this would have ever happened, nor how the tax payers would cover abolishing student debt. Nice try, but we are trying to get out of austerity measures, not give reasons to have more austerity.

I feel sorry for Ed, and for Nick Clegg. Ed received far more hatred and personal attacks than anyone expected, and genuinely looked like a likeable bloke, sitting atop good policies. Nick was let down by backing down on his tuition fee promise. The Tory's were ruthless, and Lib Dems had little power to stop them bringing the hike in - if only Nick played that card more, and made people understand before his political career was left in ruins.

Now, I will leave the discussion to the real political editors of this world. I just want to know where these £12bn Tory welfare cuts are coming from, and when I will have to start saving up to pay for my health care.

To quote Enter Shikari; "You sold us short. You will not profit off our health - step the fuck back"