You’re invited, yes, you! Let’s talk about the future of the UK government…

No, this isn’t a blog about why the results of the 2017 general election were obvious, or anything like that. In fact I’m not even going to talk about the losses and gains or who is right or wrong.

What I want to discuss is where UK politics goes from here. Whether you’re young, old, Left, Right, male, female, voter or non-voter, or however you identify, I think we can all agree that a hung parliament in the midst of Brexit is a major deal. At a time when we really need unity, stability and certainty, we appear to have the most division, instability and uncertainty.

Younger voters I congratulate you, thank you for taking the time to educate yourself about politics despite the fact that the education system fails to do so, your votes are powerful and your voices have now been well and truly heard. Older voters I respect you, you have more years of experience on your side and you have generally always turned out to vote, even nagged the younger generations to vote, so thank you too.

However, now that voters from both sides of the generational divide have come out in force we have arrived at a hung parliament with no overall majority. I think this screams that something isn’t working with our political system and that no one should be, or can be ignored. ‘Coalition of chaos’ has been thrown around a lot in the last few weeks, but let me ask you a question and let me know which country springs to mind;

Which country in Europe would you say has the strongest economy?

If you guessed Germany then you would be correct. However, did you know that Germany has only had coalition governments for the past 40+ years? In fact it’s the norm in Germany to have a coalition government made up of two parties.

How can this be? Everyone keeps saying that a coalition government would be a disaster, right? Yet Germany are the strongest economy in Europe and they have a coalition government, surely that’s not right?

Google it for yourself, ‘which country has the strongest economy in europe?’ You will find Germany in first place, followed by France in second, and then the UK currently sitting at third place. So if Germany can do it, why can’t the UK do it?

Well the reason it works so well in Germany is because they have a voting system which adopts partial, proportional, representative voting.

‘Germans elect their members of parliament with two votes. One vote is for a direct candidate, who ought to receive a plurality vote in their election district. The second vote (considered as more important) is to elect a party list in each province as established by its respective party caucus. Half of the Bundestag is then filled with candidates that won their electoral districts by the first votes and the other half by candidates from the party lists according roughly to the proportion the parties receive from the second votes according to a complex mathematical formula. Common practice is that direct candidates are also placed on the electoral lists at higher rankings as a fall-back if they do not win their districts.’ – Electoral system of Germany Wikipedia.

So here are my thoughts with regards to the UK, since there was no majority, and since younger voters and older voters came out in force for the 2017 general election, it would be simply foolish and outright disrespectful to ignore one group of voters in favour of another. It would also be foolish in my opinion for Theresa May to try for a ‘hard Brexit’ when it is quite clear she lacks the majority to do so. This doesn’t mean we have to have a so called ‘soft Brexit’ but it does make sense to try and take the path down the middle, whatever that may be.

My general feeling is that the Labour and Conservative parties need to drop their party banners and mantras, and stop fighting against one another and actually start working together. There are some good Labour policies and there are some good Conservative policies, and the policies on which the two parties completely disagree upon could in theory reach some sort of middle ground. With Brexit on our doorstep we need a unified and respectful government which looks at all the issues and includes everyone in the UK, that means England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In order for this to happen I believe we need to call for a proportional vote representation system in the UK.

Let’s stop arguing and throwing insults, and start talking and listening to each other.

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Why We ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’.

Did you know that ‘Keep Calm And Carry On’ was a motivational poster produced by the British government in preparation for World War II? Or that a copy was discovered in 2000 by Barter Books of Alnwick?

No? Me neither, that was, until recently.

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London I have seen posts by a number of individuals expressing their sorrow. Some do this in a compassionate ‘share the love’ sort of way, and some do this in an angry ‘we cannot allow this (specific word) terrorism to continue’ sort of way. The former are the ones who are most likely to light candles, buy flowers and balloons, attend an organised concert, and change their Facebook pictures to express their solidarity. The latter are more likely to sneer, mock and call out the former for doing this. Continue reading

Young and Centre-Left, but I had a Conversation with the Other Side.

I’m from and live in the UK and politically speaking, I’m young and I’m Centre-Left. I’d personally vote for Labour in the upcoming election on the 8th June 2017, but I will be voting for the Liberal Democrats as they currently hold the seat and a lot of support in my area. Regardless of this, I have a distant family relative who is right-wing and who said that they will be voting for the Conservatives, although ideally they’d like Nigel Farage to be Prime Minister. Now this family member is a lot older than me, old enough to remember ‘the winter of discontent’ from 1978-1979. So needless to say, we sit on either sides of the fence and so called generational divide when it comes to the upcoming general election and the past Brexit referendum.

How do I know this? Well I was so frustrated with the hate being thrown from the left and the right, and I was so frustrated about my own lack of knowledge and understanding of the older generations, that I decided to bite the bullet and ask my right-wing family member about their thoughts, opinions and views on the world. Here’s what I found out…

Fear. Continue reading

Left and Right in politics are both doomed on their own.

This is the one subject that gets people riled up and the one subject that I hesitate to talk about, but I can’t remain silent any longer. If you’re Left, Right, Middle, I don’t care, I want to see you and hear you and I hope you will respect me with the same. Continue reading

Voting or Quadratic Equations?

Further to the EU Referendum, there are three major issues in my opinion within the U.K.

  1. The lack of political awareness and education within our schools. Why are we not being taught about the way in which our country/nation is governed? Why are we not taught the rules? Why are we not taught the importance of our vote? It was more than evident from the huge volume of google searches after the results of the EU referendum, that a vast proportion of the UK population did not undestand what they were voting for.
  2. The lies spewed by politicians throughout this campaign played a huge part in some people’s vote (many of whom now regret their decision). MP’s such as Nigel Farage promising 350m to the NHS and other such claims are now backtracking and denying they ever made these claims in the first place. People feel conned and betrayed by these lies. In business this would be fraud, in court this would be blatant forswearing. Why are politicians not being held accountable for their lies?
  3. The lack of communication between the older and younger generations. There seems to be a huge and unnecessary divide between the generations. Why are we not listening and talking to one another in a respectable manner? Why do we appear to be so disconnected?

I fail to see how this is fair democracy. Politicians are lying again through their teeth to get votes and are now getting away with it, and we are not educated in our schools about UK politics or laws because somehow quadratic equations is deemed more important? Maybe I am wrong to criticise leave voters, and maybe leaving the EU will benefit the UK in the future, but right now, I do not see or believe it. I feel there are big underlying issues here that need to be addressed immediately.