For those of you who know me well, you will know that I’ve always voted for the Conservative Party. And if you didn’t know that, well, this is my confession. Not only have I always voted for the Conservative Party, I even worked for a Conservative Member of Parliament for 5 years and stood for council as a Conservative candidate twice. I’ve been a True Blue for a long time and haven’t been shy about saying this. All of this has come from the fact that I have strong views on conservative economics. I have always been unbelievably socially liberal (probably a bit too much sometimes!), but my economics have always been conservative, i.e. small government, believing that people know what to do with their money better than the government do, etc etc.
Over the past while, I have been slowly realising that I cannot support this Party anymore. I will always cherish my time working in Parliament and working with my fantastic colleagues there. I will always have a lot of time for the people involved in the local political Party (they are all really lovely people who I deeply care about) – however, I simply cannot support their central Party anymore. I can’t quite put my finger on what has made me change my views – it could be that I’ve changed jobs and am now seeing things in a different light, or perhaps it’s because of recent unpleasant events that have happened to me have made me realise that life is just too damn short. Or, it could be the fact that the top level of Conservative government are truly warped. Socially, a lot of them are incredibly backwards. They’ve decided to team up with the utter scumbags that are the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), who believe that homosexuality is an abomination, amongst other disgusting stances. There’s also talk of Jacob Rees-Mogg becoming the next Party leader – something that I absolutely cannot support because his views are very backward.
Whilst I still believe that, largely, people know what to do with their money better than the government do, I’ve realised that it’s not quite that simple. You may well know what you want to do with your money, but what is more important – you being able to do with it what you please, or giving those in need that vital hand up that they should quite rightly be entitled to? I’m not saying that I now suddenly believe in all-out socialism, but yes, I do believe that we should all be in this together. It’s time to stop being so selfish. Your right to spend ludicrous amounts of money on unnecessary luxurious items is not as important as stopping people from dying in the streets. Of course you should be allowed to buy what you want, but people also have the right to live.
So, where do I go from here?
Well, the truth is, I’m not quite sure. I don’t think I could possibly ever vote for a Party that has Jeremy Corbyn at the helm (some of his ideas, in my eyes, just aren’t feasible), but then what am I left with? Labour really are the only ones that can actually form a government. I’m not sure if the Liberal Democrats are ever going to be able to do it, and the Green Party haven’t a hope in hell. I guess with the First Past the Post system that we have means that it has to be done on a case-by-case basis. The current MP in my area is Labour’s Peter Kyle – who has actually done a really good job representing us – but there are a few issues left over from when I worked for our previous MP that would mean that I wouldn’t feel completely comfortable voting for him. I’m honestly struggling with this quite a lot so I guess I’ll have to wait until the next election before I decide what I’m going to do. Hopefully that won’t be for a while!
I would be interested to hear your views on this topic. Have you ever changed your mind on politics? Let me know!