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Does Voting Change Anything

Mark Twain

That pearl of wisdom oft quoted by Mark Twain that "if voting made any difference, they wouldn't let us do it" sprang to my mind after the unexpected results of this years general election became known. The reason, the saying couldn't possibly be right - right?

The Torys have won a majority, albeit small, to govern the country on their own terms without the so-called shackles of the Lib Dems. The polls had Labour and the Tory's at neck and neck with only the width of a ballot paper between them. There will be a seismic shift in the way polls are conducted, I suspect, in the future.

 

Election 2015

Election 2015

This years election is like no other, that's for sure. With all the competing party's on top of the traditional two plus one, voters are finding it hard to settle on a clear favourite.

The polls are matching the two main party's at neck and neck consistently. Whilst, the EU bashing UKIP and independent dreaming SNP garner favour in unprecedented numbers. The poor Liberals, traditionally the protest party of choice, have plummeted in popularity during their stint in government.

What has gone wrong for the Tory's and Labour is hard to establish in this modern electoral nightmare. But one thing is for certain, politics is not that simple anymore.

   

Bring Back the Family Jewels

Let me put my cards on the table for you. I’ve never been a fan of privatisation. It seems to me that what belongs to the nation, can be controlled by the nation, be for the good of the nation, should remain for the nation; and this is the best way forward.

Privatisation affords small and large, particularly large, investors to profit. The few gain at the expense of the many, you might say.

And it is with this view in mind I welcomed Ed Miliband’s intervention last year when he promised to cap the profits of the energy companies. I was also heartened, but surprised, when Ed Davy, the Energy Minister, suggested British Gas might be broken up; this might at least benefit the consumer.

   

Tory Turmoil

One of the things we can be sure of when there is a Tory government (this is no real equal coalition) sat cosily in 10 Downing Street is that they will make a real Eton Mess of the whole thing. Their infighting is open, hostile, and ultimately counterproductive for the country.

Coming to power promising recovery, failure is written all over George Osborne’s face. Britain has a downgraded AAA-debt status and a discredited Chancellor with the IMF breathing down his neck.

The NHS is in turmoil with its 111 call centre number and A&E Depts coming under increasing pressure.

   

I Agree With Nick

It’s rare these days that I agree with Nick. To be honest it was rare before he jumped into bed with Cameron to form the present Tory-led coalition. But on Europe, he has made a wise intervention in a nonsensical week that brought us the debate on the referendum question: are we in, out or should we shake it all about?

Quite rightly he sees jobs and prosperity in our membership of the EU. We’re stronger together than we are apart as the powerhouses of China, India and Brazil race forward. There would be no gain whatsoever in a divorce that would lead us to be isolated and on the fringes.

   

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