I’ve got half a mind to just leave this post blank, because the title really says it all.
When it comes to politics, I feel that the saying ‘each to their own’ majorly applies. For this impromptu UK general election tomorrow, we all have our reasons for voting for whichever party we’ve opted to go with. Maybe we really believe in the frontman/woman, or maybe we’re keen on their party policies and can see them directly benefiting us.
Whatever the case may be for our party preference, that decision is solely ours to make.
People going around making it their mission to question everybody’s choices, attempting to bully them in to voting for ‘their’ party, seriously need to chill out. We’re bombarded with enough mindless campaigning and propaganda on the tv, radio and internet, please do not add to this stress-fest.
Fair enough if somebody implicitly asks you for your view, or for you to shed some light on why you’re voting the way that you are. If that’s the case, by all means bust out your bullet point list of reasons and begin your monologue. But if you know that somebody has done their research and come to their own conclusion, please LEAVE THEM ALONE. And do not sneer at them when they tell you which way they are inclined to vote. Show a bit of class.
Freedom of speech is a real thing and we’re fortunate enough to live in a democracy, so we’re all entitled to vote in any way that we choose. Bullying people in to jumping on your bandwagon is not cool, don’t do it.
And to those of you out there saying that you won’t be voting because your vote doesn’t matter, it really does. If you’re undecided, there’s still time to educate yourself. Even if you just spend half an hour tonight doing some research on your laptop, it’s worth it. So many people in developing countries would love the chance to be able to vote and have a say in the running of their country; don’t let your privilege go to waste.
And don’t let other people decide the fate of your home country. At the end of the day you’re going to have to live under whichever government is elected, so don’t you want to see the one that will benefit you the most in power? Whether they win or not, don’t you want to know that you at least did your bit and contributed? Personally I do, and that’s why I’ll be heading to my local polling station on my lunch break tomorrow.
Good luck to all my fellow Brits…I have a feeling we’ll need it!