I’m not anti-Tory, just anti-May
Firstly, just a quick apology. I haven’t blogged in a while because of uni exams, which has also made it difficult to tweet and post news articles because they require thinking and my brain is fried. I would also like to state I haven’t been watching the General Election debates… I know, I’m doing Joint Hons. Politics degree and I’m not following the election debates. This is mainly because I’m tactically voting so it doesn’t matter what the party leaders say, I can’t change my vote (and I get live updates on the debates via texts and Facebook posts). Plus, it’s really simple: Caroline Lucas is an absolute bae; Tim Farron is a Northerner and that always gets my vote; Jeremy Corbyn is boring; I can’t vote Plaid Cymru or SNP; and Theresa May… sorry, where is she?
Anyway, I want to write a quick post to explain some of my views. I’ve been posting a lot of anti-Tory articles and tweets and I’ve been very critical of the Tories in many of my previous posts. I thought that maybe I’ve come across as hating Conservative voters but this is not the case. Then I came across this blog post by Emily in which she describes how people hurl abuse at Conservative voters, accusing them of hating the poor.
Usually, I do not have a burning hate towards a particular party. I have always disproved of parties, such as BNP, Britain First and UKIP but as I knew they could never get into power, they were not a concern and I just avoided their supporters. I’m a Lib Dem (although my love for Caroline Lucas and her amazing put-downs of government policy is seriously making me reconsider) so naturally, some of my views will correlate with core Tory values. For instance, I’m against a big controlling state, like the one envisaged by Corbyn. As a believer in democracy, I acknowledge and support the need for a variety of parties across the political spectrum. Until the about 2 years ago, the parties all seemed to blur into one, making it a popularity contest rather than which policies best suited the country. Inevitably, with party differences becoming more clear-cut, people who support different parties are less likely to find common ground. That is why I’m not anti-Tory voters, I’m anti-Tory government, specifically this government.
When the Conservatives won a majority in 2015, I had high hopes and took to Facebook to complain about #ToriesOutNow, writing:
They won fair and square. Yes, maybe our voting system needs reform but we already had a referendum on that and there was a majority vote of ‘no’.
Basically, you don’t want change to the system yet as soon as it doesn’t work in your favour you start attacking the government and want them out. The last 5 years have not been that bad, we have had good constitutional and social change which everyone seems to forget came, mostly, from the LibDems but also from the Tories.
Whilst I wasn’t very keen on the idea of a Conservative government, I could at least respect what had been voted for. Now, however, what was voted for has morphed into UKIP. The government are perusing a ‘hard Brexit’ and people using food banks has risen by 7%. These are not “mistakes” (see Emily’s post) the government has made, they are policies specifically targeted at people to make them poorer. Whilst I don’t agree with large hand-outs and people living off the state when they are fit to work, that does not mean we shouldn’t financially support those who have suddenly found themselves out of a job and so need short-term help to make ends meet until they’re back on their feet. It also does not mean we should be penalising the children of the adults on benefits. The children have done nothing and yet May and her cabinet want to physically take the food out of the children’s mouths.
This is not to mention all the spending cuts, the dismantling of the NHS; the UKIP-esque anti-immigration stance; promising to have stricter Big Brother controls on the internet; the erosion of general human rights; the appalling treatment of disabled people and of course the utterly useless, unnecessary sudden desire of the Conservatives to bring back fox hunting! Need I go on?
In the interest of proving that I would never normally have so much venom against one party, I should point out that I don’t like Labour. Especially not this one. I’m really against socialism. I keep joking that I could get on board with Corbyn’s vision if he would just stop banging on about re-nationalising the rails! I believe that certain services should be free and national, such as healthcare, but these are the essentials that do not benefit when free market economics has complete control.
The next reason I do not like the idea of Corbyn as PM: he’s pro-‘Brexit’! Readers of this blog will be aware that I’m still fighting for the EU. To me, Corbyn’s half-hearted attempts to appear pro-EU disillusioned the working class and poorest in society, allowing them to be swayed by UKIP as it appeared the “rich” Tories just wanted big business to rule: The social benefits and investment into deprived areas the EU brings were neglected. On top of that, Corbyn’s pledges for big investment into social services require a lot of money. Granted, his tax plan means we will have that money to spend on the country but if we continue with ‘Brexit’ then the money will go from our pockets straight to the EU exit fee. The only way Corbyn’s vision is possible is with the assistance of the EU.
If we had a Conservative party who could show a shred of humanity, then I wouldn’t be so anti-Tory, I’d be pointing out the flaws in everyone. But I can’t. May’s policies are hurting us. We have to vote against her and if that means I have to vote Labour to ensure my constituency won’t swing to Conservative, then I will. At the end of the day, Corbyn’s plans and vision of ‘Brexit’ are better than what May is proposing. I may not agree with all of Corbyn’s views but at least he cares about people.
I apologise if I’ve come across to any friends or followers as righteous, superior or a ‘liberal elitist’. I have not intended to offend anyone, apart from the government itself. I have no problem if you are a Conservative party voter, any other election and I would respect that. But please, for this election, put aside your party alliances and vote tactically tomorrow.