I’ve been in bed all day with a kind of tossing&turning/drenched-in-sweat/mildly-hallucinating thing that is only just wearing off. Not sure where it’s come from, but am hoping it was short-lived.
Just came downstairs and found this on the floor of the front room. I don’t read newspapers (hate the bloody things), so I guess Mrs H bought it this morning. Did make me laugh, especially when it turned out who had done it! She said I wasn’t allowed to say who it was, but I suppose that doesn’t stop me from saying it wasn’t Mrs H or Jnr Jnr.
At Jnr Snr’s school they recently had all five candidates from the constituency in where there was a short speech by all and the chance to ask questions directly to them. They then had a mock election, on the Thursday, to show them how the process works and more importantly, in my mind, to show that there are always going to be a difference of opinions. A strong conservative area, but Labour ended up winning.
I don’t tend to discuss specific politics with Jnr Snr, but we do have numerous chats about morals, ethics, the desire for personal gain and its occasional links to exploitation of others. I think she falls to the left – more than Labour that’s for sure!
I don’t recall my school doing such things back in the day, I wish they had. Watching people be proud of knowing nothing and not voting is a little dis-heartening as I bet they have opinions when things change for the better or worse in our country and a vote from all might help more good things happen.
I do admit to not being that aware of all voting ideologies and their respective pros&cons, but I do wonder if proportional representation is a fairer system. Last week, 30.7% of people who voted (and just 24.4% of the overall electorate) chose the Conservatives who now hold 50.9% of the seats in parliament. I think I’ll do some reading up to have a firmer understanding. Differing sizes of constituencies seems to skew the fairness as a starting thought.
The dust has certainly not settled since the results, and points/fears/statisitcs are flying around the Twittersphere (whom I trust more than newspapers). Several have stood out, but one that resonated was along the lines of:
The Tory voters I have spoken to are happy for their futures, but all the Labour voters are concerned for the fate of others.
I am wearing my politics on my sleeve more and more the older I get, or maybe it’s because I have been working in Education for the past 10 years. Either way, I am proud to care for the NHS, the vulnerable and the future and be concerned about the movement of wealth overseas, inconsistent tax, privatisation and back-handed deals. At the end of the day, money is an abstract concept invented and controlled by those with it, people are real.