Thursday, 7 May 2015

Election Campaign thoughts

I think I can sum it up the nations feeling

Urgh

Well done UK after five years of a government who came to power with their lie that “we’re all in this together” and five years on, the richer are richer and the poor are poorer.The burden for the banks failings have been placed squarely on the shoulders of the young, disabled & the jobless.

This election campaign has been brought to you by fear. The media and the conservatives have continued to perpetuate a discriminatory atmosphere towards the disabled community over the last five years through the misuse of statistics and the unprecedented coverage claiming that benefit fraud was much higher than reality. Not only have the disabled community experienced a significant increase in discrimination, they have also borne a significantly larger percentage of cuts to services. Because of this distorted reality a significant percentage of the public believe that disabled people who claim benefits are part of the problem and are the reason that the working classes are struggling.

This same tactic has been used to stigmatise the immigrant population and to imply that they are a drain to society and contribute nothing when this couldn’t be further than the truth. Finger pointing at its finest instead of the reality that there was a significant lack of investment into public infrastructure, hospitals, schools and housing in some areas due to a lack of government planning which has lead to a strain on public services. None of which should be blamed on the immigrant population.

And then the conservatives throughout this election  have shifted the focus to the Scottish people and scaremongering fantasy that the Scottish people want nothing more than to tear up the UK. Yes they had a vote on Scottish independence and many scots would love scotland to be independent but the fantasy that if a SNP/Labour coalition was to go ahead that the scots would some how systematically make bad choices in an attempt to break up the union is a farse. For the simple reason is that they are in it!

And if the people of Scotland decide to send all SNP MPs that is their democratic choice and they have just as much legitimacy to be in Westminster as any other MP.

Unfortunately I can't help but agree with the many in the disabled community that there isn't any real choice for the majority of the UK and the choice is between not great and horrific. Many are hoping for the best case scenario of a Labour/SNP/Plaid/Green coalition hoping that the smaller parties will push Labour further left to where they used to be.

The country needs proportional representation so that each vote will matter more than it does now and the union needs to change to give each nation an equal voice and this includes the north of England that so often gets forgotten alongside Wales and Scotland.

But please today vote, even if you only spoil your ballot. There are vast sections of society that the government often fails to represent and its often those that vote the most like pensioners that are better protected and represented.
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