The General Election is over for another 5 years, and one week after the election has finished, I thought I’d take the time to add my views and opinions to what I’ve witnessed over the past few weeks of canvassing, televised debates and a “I didn’t see that one coming” end to the election.
The part of the election that annoyed me the most this year was the canvassing. Mainly because the political leaders of each Party seemed to spend more time telling me why I couldn’t vote for so and so, rather than saying “actually, you should vote for me because…” Politicians, spend more time talking about your own policies rather than ridiculing your opponents.
The social media backing for the General Election helped to show those who are more vocal about the need to vote and pushed a bigger variety of political Party into the limelight. I am very passionate about the need to vote and will shout from the rooftops the importance of voting (the main reason why will be explained later). I did think it was a good idea for sites like Facebook to allow you to add an “I’m voting” status to your profile, though I can see the negative peer pressure that can be attached to these methods.
I do not like it when people don’t vote (sadly my husband is in this camp) as I believe that you cannot moan about taxes, the NHS, education etc if you haven’t at least tried to have your say. I was impressed by the out pour of support and encouragement for people to vote and perhaps we will soon see an increase in the voting population.
After the voting closed and the ballots were counted, I was very surprised that the Conservatives held the majority, I had my bets on another coalition. What did disappoint me the next day was the out pour of negativity. Personally, I’m not happy myself that the Conservatives got in, however I found myself getting annoy with those (especially on social media) who have moaned ever since. You can’t one minute be telling everyone to vote and the next moan that everyone didn’t vote for the party that you wanted to get in. Sadly not everyone has the same political view (I myself vote for the Liberal Democrats and look what happened to them at the election) and for the time being we should accept that the people who actually bothered to vote, voted in the Conservatives.
Sadly, until a Party in power actually decides to change the electoral system, it’ll probably stay this way for a while. And if you do find that you’re not happy and you haven’t voted, well you know what to do next time – VOTE!!