When did I lose my faith

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No, this isn’t a post about spirituality. This is about my faith in the political system.

It might have been 1992. I expected and hoped for a Labour victory. There was a bold and clear manifesto. It would have heralded a change in direction. Things could have been very different. In the end the result wasn’t even close.

It might have been the forlorn promise of New labour. The joy at seeing the political map turn red. The slow miasma as I realised there was no longer a right or a left, only a middle way in the political spectrum.

It might have been the despair as promises were thrown away in 2010 for the sake of stability. As half-truths about the economy and the deficit were used to stigmatize and hurt the most vulnerable in society.

It might be that the first past the post system is antiquated and not representative of the electorate. It might be that a more proportional representation of the electorate, would allow extreme political views more power.

I have lost my faith in the system.

But it is a system that allows me to voice this. And vote by vote, election by election, my faith resurfaces and I hope.



Being indecisive on the AV issue


It’s voting day for me, and several others, in the UK. I normally vote pretty much the same way. In fact since I reached the age of having a democratic say I have only ever voted for one party. So, the decision on who to vote for is pretty easy, unless they begin to stand for some outrageous policy or ideology.

However, today we also get the chance to change our voting system. We have the option to change it from a ‘first past the post’ (most votes wins) to the ‘alternative vote’ system (where second, third and fourth preferences could be counted). It is all quite complicated, but the idea behind the AV system is that it gives a more reflective view of the general direction people want to go.

My fear though is that it will take votes away from the minor parties and hand them over to the major three. I say three because I have a feeling it will be the Liberal Democrats who benefit most from such a system, and not others like the Green party or some of the other less Compos mentis people who offer to serve the nation. So will it actually be fairer?

If it was a vote on Proportional Representation then I would have no hesitation voting yes. But that isn’t on offer. I do believe the current system is broken, but should I vote for the sake of change to another broken system?

Well, I need to make up my mind. Perhaps I’ll vote for one option as my preference and the other as my alternate.

Being Particular in a General Election

I was taking a walk around town the other day and I saw the current Member of Parliament out and about seeking re-election. It made me think about my whole view on politics. I have always voted for the same party, and, to the best of my knowledge, always will.

It isn’t because I agree with all their policies, most party’s policies change over the years. But I suppose I agree deep down with their ethos and principles. And as long as that is what their policies are based on I will continue to vote for them.

But, I would never join the party or become an activist for them. Is this due to some deep down generation x thing? Is it because I don’t agree with all their policies that I couldn’t toe the party line?


Is it the same reason that drives me to state my religious affiliation as non-denominational on any forms I need to fill in?

Answers on a postcard or in the comments.