This has been the worst and most devastating election campaign I’ve ever seen. Normally you have to choose a party to vote for that isn’t perfect, but one that most closely reflects your values and principles. This year, there isn’t one, not a single party that even comes close to representing me.
Obviously I am never, not in a million years, ever going to vote for the Tories. I mean the fact I and many others have been told for 4 years to fuck off and join the Tories by Corbyn fans, I would never give them my vote. Not even the One Nation Tories that used to inhabit their party, who have been ousted by the far right ERG. The Tories have no idea how their atrocious policies have hit the poorest and most vulnerable, and what’s worse, they don’t care.
Boris Johnson is an over privileged, over indulged, lazy, self obsessed racist. No question. He is a bumbling fool, who just wants to be PM, not to do some good, but because his upbringing has made him believe he is entitled to be PM.
Four out of ten Tory Party members would not want a Muslim person as prime minister with a similar number saying there should be limits placed on Muslim people entering the country. This is a racist party by any metric. The only saving grace they have is that there aren’t actually very many Tory members to be racist. If you vote for them though, you are, at the very least, saying you don’t care about racism.
A vote for the Tories isn’t, as many would tell you, a vote for competent economic management. The economy suffered its worst three months for more than a decade after official figures revealed output failed to grow once again in October. That’s after 9 years of making everyone suffer. (I don’t use the word austerity, because every party proposed austerity in their 2015 manifestos, to offset the banking crisis so using it as an anti Tory buzzword is disingenuous at best).
When it comes to the NHS, we all know the Tories have neglected it every time they’ve been in power, and I know better than most the difference the Blair/Brown government made post 1997. We were using equipment from the 1940s, The roof on our chest clinic and geriatric wards used to fall in when it snowed, housed as they were in a buildings intended as temporary burns units during WW2. It changed dramatically after the election. Within two years we had all new equipment and an entire new hospital. Of course the new hospital was built under a PFI agreement, and as one of the earliest, it wasn’t a good contract. I still say it was much needed though. If we hadn’t built it, many more patients would have died, I have absolutely no doubt about it. Well, I hear you say, the money should have come from the public purse. Which is fine, as long as you then decide what to cut to pay for it. Personally I was far more interested in cutting the horrendous waiting lists that had built up during 18 years of Tory Government. In 2017, NHS England estimated that one in ten people would be on an NHS waiting list by 2020. The “NHS is being privatised” is a daft election slogan by the way, it isn’t being privatised, nor will it be. They have been in charge for about 50 of the last 80 years and still you don’t have to pay at the point of need. If you believe it is then you don’t understand the difference between privatisation and outsourcing. You are also belittling the massive contribution of the Third Sector.
Also bear in mind that the Tories are led not by the PM, but by a massive far right prick called Dominic Cummings, who is not elected by anyone.
So yeah, the Tories are disqualified, and so too are the Brexit Party, but they seem to have disqualified themselves anyway. The one saving grace of this election will be the utter humiliation of Nigel Farage.
So, vote Labour yeah? Not if your values include anti racism. I was a Labour member for decades, all my adult life. I’m on the left, and I left because because it is no longer the progressive, anti racist party I was proud to associate myself with. Don’t believe me? Read the 50 page report submitted by the Jewish Labour Movement, one of the founding organisations of the Labour Party, submitted to the EHRC. 15000 cases have been sent to the Labour Party by the CAA. Only one other party has been referred to the EHRC, the BNP. Jewish MPs, mainly women btw, have been hounded out of the party by abusive local Labour Parties. Labour is not a safe place for Jews. Thinking, well, they’re ok with Muslims? Selectively maybe. He didn’t care about them in Kosovo, when he denied genocide and voted against intervention to stop it. He doesn’t care about Syrian Muslims being barrel bombed by Putin and Assad, including hundreds of thousands of those Palestinians he’s supposed to care so much about. He doesn’t care about Iranian Muslims when he goes on TV praising the Iranian governments who hang gay people and beat women for not wearing hijab. He didn’t care much about black South Africans when he went against the express wishes of the ANC when he was a very fringe member of the anti apartheid movement. Let’s face it, he doesn’t much care about UK citizens being blown up by the IRA or poisoned by Putin on our streets either. This is no peacemaker, this is someone who is anti west and who supports anyone who agrees with him, no matter how violent. He is a danger to national security, as his Shadow Health Sec Jonathan Ashworth rightly said, but didn’t want us to know.
20% of Labour voters agreed with the statement that Jews have a disproportionate influence in politics, compared with 15% of the wider public and 14% of Tory supporters. 29% of Labour voters said Jews are more loyal to Israel than Britain. That compares to 24% of Tory voters, which is in line with the public as a whole. Antisemitism 101. Bear in mind, Labour is supposed to be an anti racist party. The Tories make no such claim. There have always been a few crank left antisemites in the party, but they were shunned and marginalised by the party leadership and the vast majority of the membership. Now they are running the show, they are in the leader’s office, they are in a majority on the ruling body, the NEC. They run the constituency Labour parties. It is an institutionally racist party. I get why people think it’s the lesser of two evils, I really do, but by voting for them and refusing to use the caveat “yes, they are deeply racist but I don’t feel I have a choice” you are normalising racism. You are effectively saying you don’t care about Jews, they are acceptable collateral damage. Please don’t ignore the victims.
But they’re going to save the NHS aren’t they? Not convinced I’m afraid. After they’ve enabled Brexit (Did I mention the Corbyn and co are lifelong anti EU campaigners and never had any intention of campaigning for Remain?) and lost us thousands or irreplaceable staff, then spent a shedload of cash bribing middle class students and WASPI women and nationalised transport (yes I know it’s shit, but it was shit when it was nationalised too). I don’t buy it, and neither does the independent IFS .
Also bear in mind that Labour is led not by Corbyn, but by a massive far left prick called Seamus Milne, who is not elected by anyone.
I should in theory vote Lib Dem as I live in a key marginal, but until they start supporting women’s rights to privacy and safety but sorry, I’m a scientist, biological sex exists and women have been used, abused and murdered for their biological sex.
Can’t vote Green, because a) they aren’t standing in my constituency and b) they would put me out of a job with their bonkers science and health policies.
So, that’s nice isn’t it? Sleep well, don’t have nightmares.