With the big day looming tomorrow, I expect the vast majority of you will have by now decided who it is that you will be voting for. If you are similar to me, then there is not much chance of you changing this opinion.
However, this doesn’t seem to stop people online from trying to dissuade us. In the run-up to polling day, I have seen an increasing number of people urging supporters of smaller parties to ‘fall into line’ and back the Conservatives. The sheer arrogance that accompanies this mindset is simply staggering.
The idea that my vote is owed to the Conservatives simply because they are the largest “right-wing” party – and visa versa for Lib Dem or Green voters on the left – is such a stupendously self-aggrandising argument that it genuinely disgusts me.
It is normally perpetuated by the sycophants of each tribe; the type of individual who’s most prominent piece of information is the fact that they are a young conservative supporter or once met some Junior Minister in a pub. Congratulations to them.
These same people are often the first to blame others for their own party’s failures. I saw just today someone on Twitter write that if Boris Johnson fails to win a majority it will be because Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party have split the vote in Labour marginal constituencies. The sheer number of mental hoops that must be jumped through to reach this point is unbelievable . A man who stood down candidates in nearly half of all seats is somehow the reason the Conservatives might not win by as much as they thought they might. Extraordinary.
I suppose it doesn’t dawn on these people that the reason the Conservatives might not do as well as predicted is that, given a choice between them and another party right-of-centre, they may not be everyone’s first choice.
It is an unfortunate reality that, for many people this election, the most “right-wing” party that they can vote for is the Conservatives who, as you will know, conserve very little.
This was the case for me; with all the turmoil of the past few years I was expecting to have an interesting battleground at home in Corby and East Northamptonshire – the seat swung to the Tories in 2015, UKIP came a respectable third. In 2017, the majority was fairly marginal. Since then, we’ve seen a surge in support for parties like the Greens. The Brexit Party performed exceptionally well in nearby Peterborough in the by-election earlier this year in June. I even had some hope that a party such as the SDP may field a candidate.
As it transpires, none of this is the case. Despite all of these developments, the options that present me at that particular polling station are Conservative, Labour, and Liberal Democrat. Not a whiff of dissenting voices; there even lacks an independent. Fortunately, my position as a tax-burdening, penny-pinching, work-shy student allows me to vote in my university constituency, which does indeed have more variety.
Of course, the major parties love this lack of choice. Their electoral success is based upon the preposition that supporters of smaller parties will eventually and reluctantly back them, as they realise that their preferred politician has no real chance of winning the seat. After this occurs, The Big Two will covertly adopt the policies of these smaller parties in the attempt to stop such an exodus from occurring during the next electoral outing.
Call me an extremist, but I think you should vote for the party that you would like to win; a revolutionary mindset, I know.
I will not be voting for the Conservative Party; not because I want to sabotage Brexit, or ‘put a Marxist into Number 10.’ I will not be voting for the Conservative party because, quite simply, I do not support their policies. They conserve very little, much less aspire to return things to how they once were. Their social policies are fundamentally indiscernible from the Labour Party’s. Their economic stance, whilst good for GDP, is not good for the public. They have demonstrated that they cannot be trusted on issues such as immigration and social cohesion. Their law and order policies can be summarised as ‘more equals better’, rather than ‘better equals better.’
If everyone stopped believing the narrative that only the two main parties can succeed, then perhaps it would not only be the two main parties who succeeded. It would also help to have parties that actually represented the electorate. This may be wishful thinking; but, as it’s December, what better time to hope for a Christmas miracle?
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