Election Day: Hope vs Fear

It is election day in UK. I have voted. The way the system works means I vote for one member of the UK parliament, out of a selection of candidates, for this particular constituency in which I live. UK people do not vote for a president or prime minister, whichever party gets the majority in the 650 members elected throughout the country, then claims its leader as the Prime Minister.

For the first time in years I am all over the place, hope hope hope, the manifesto created by Jeremy Corbyn – through his consultancy process with members, real people – says why I hope, why I am excited, why I want too much one particular result this time round. Read that manifesto – it is real stuff, whether you agree or not, it is not soundbites. [I agree with a lot, as you probably know already.]

BUT – the election was called by the current Prime Minister, Conservative Theresa May. My view – she has presided over divisive and cruel policies of austerity, as if running a country was like managing a naughty kids pocket money “there is no magic money tree” she says, but read this if you want an analysis of economic evidence and then you will know why I find this wrong, plain silly, as well as arrogant and patronising.

Feelings all over the place.

Hope. Labour Policy will get enough votes for enough members… to be party in charge? I wish, but unlikely, maybe at least to be strong opposition, along with the SNP from Scotland and the Liberal Democrats and Greens.

Fear. Dammit. How utterly disappointing, like trumpland, can people really be this dumb?

Maybe I will post again tomorrow, maybe not.

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