I feel a bit idle, as I can’t vote being abroad. I applied to use proxy but didn’t receive anything after registration. I personally would have voted Greens, and I know a lot of people my age are also going to vote Green. I did one of these online quizzes and it said I agree mostly with Labour but I can’t help but feel like they’re all bark, no bite.
It feels like people are really excited about it this year, as no one party is coming across as a clear winner. Perhaps they feel like that every year, and every year are let down by promised policies and warped priorities.
For me, I’d just be happy to get Conservatives out. The thing with the Conservatives is that people tend to just vote for who their parents voted for, and it becomes more of an image thing rather than actually reading and agreeing with their policies.
I know too many people who vote for Conservatives with the deluded idea that, as working-class students, it will benefit them.
People don’t like to read, that’s the problem. As soon as they hear something outside of their comfort zone, they stick their fingers in their ears and yell until it goes away. It doesn’t, it just gets bigger and we get desensitised to it. Things that require basic logic are overlooked for the benefit of cohorts in the City of London.
For example, the NHS debt problem could easily be fixed if you take some of the money away from Trident missile programs and use that money to help the people, rather than kill other peoples’ people. Watch this for a better explanation, thanks Russell.
I don’t know, I’m pretty fed up with it all. It’s such an ingrained thing now that the people will keep voting for the same thing over and over. Russell Brand is right, a revolution is necessary. It’s not gonna be easy though when the people are convinced that because we have our iPhones and our Starbucks, we live a better life than people in mud huts in Africa.
I’m not so sure. If living in Georgia has taught me anything, it’s that these systems are fragile, always, no matter how seemingly embedded they are for the last few centuries. In Georgia the political state is a mess, and with that almost anyone can come in and try their game at it.
Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Revolutions are every few years here – the people know that they have the power if they don’t like what’s happening. They haven’t got the luxury here as we do in the UK to be apathetic to who will be in charge because things are still raw enough that the people can see exactly how it will directly affect them.
In the UK people vote with the quiet assumption that nothing major will happen. Their money will keep being drained, the wealthiest 1% will keep their tax free haven holidays and more and more food banks will open. It will have to get like 1984 before people wake up out of their daze and realise that it’s real life, and their reality is poverty and injustice when they walk past plump bankers who spend several thousand on lunch without having to think twice about it.
Capitalism is messed up, and just because people have shiny screens in front of their faces, and can save up desperately for a holiday to Spain, they don’t see any issue with it. There’s no perspective because it’s too big, it’s been warped for the last few generations and look where that’s got us.
I don’t know, I’m past cynical when it comes to this. People just aren’t enthusiastic about things like this anymore, no matter how much they argue about it over Facebook, they don’t have any real concept of their own potential.
If I could vote today (and I’d like to because Suffragettes and all that) I would vote Green. I don’t care how ridiculous they might seem, it’s about time we started taking the planet seriously since it’s on it’s last legs. I did one of those online opinion things and I apparently agree most with Labour, but I find the big ones as bad as each other when it comes to screwing up their priorities and letting everyone down. I hope that they atleast will be in charge though if noone else.
And god forbid not UKIP, don’t get me started on UKIP and this ridiculous wave of Skinhead Nationalism that has swept the UK and Europe. My whole life I’ve seen British people leeching off benefits, never foreign people. That’s not even the worst part, the fact that people leeching off benefits are safe because they’re white can earn more than someone working two jobs fulltime and still can’t afford to fix their car is an issue. I’m pretty sure that UKIP could afford to buy these poor people a pint (blergh) from the money they’ve been handing to their friends in The City. Ugh, makes me sick.
Jeremy Clarkson types… Again Russell Brand explains perfectly what I mean by that here, this is probably my favourite episode by him where he really manages to articulate things that I hadn’t been able to materialise before.
I’ll resist ranting further. Fed up isn’t the word for it!
I’d love to hear what you think? It’s always a controversial issue, isn’t it?