Who’s got your vote?

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With the final polls providing almost identical results to the ones six weeks ago and both parties neck and neck predicting tomorrows results is harder than ever. That being said so is choosing who to vote for. Young Thoughts isn’t endorsing any party or candidate. Instead we asked young people to tell us their thoughts on the election campaigns, who their voting for and who they think will win. We’d also like to know your thoughts so send us an email or comment below. Here’s what we have so far….


As a student, young working individual & a consumer in the British economy; I believe I can say, the political party in number 10 matters to me. On Thursday I’ll be voting Labour. I believe Ed has been a down played character who has a lot of heart, which in Tony Blair or Gordon, was not seen. I believe in Labour, when they tell me they’ll reduce the cost of university; as the Tories & Lib Dems failed me. I believe in Labour, when they tell me they’ll find the money without borrowing, to support the NHS; what would Britain be, without the NHS, other than a US clone, which the Tories aim for. I believe in Labour, when they say they’ll raise the minimum wage; as for the next four years, it is one of the strongest tools to continue prosperity with minimalist intervention, by allowing economic multipliers to take effect. On Thursday, I’ll be voting red.

Connor Avery – Leeds

 “I will be voting Labour because I believe there should be a fairer balance between cuts and spending. Also, that we should not be afraid to take ask more from large cooperation’s and we should not think it is weak to put the people of the country first. Also I’m voting labour as they will not allow the reintroduction of Fox Hunting and have pledged to end the badger cull (which as scientifically been shown ineffective

I think conservatives will win the most seats – but I’m not going to guess about any post-election deal.

What could have been done better? The general negativity and scaremongering (the ‘beware of Alex Salmond’ campaign), the personal attacks (Ed Miliband) that should not be used to sensationalise politics….”

Dana Kamour – West Sussex

        

I am not voting, purely because I missed the deadline to register for a postal vote and have an exam on Thursday so won’t be able to make it home. My constituency (Lewes) is pretty much a safe Lib Dem seat, so my vote likely wouldn’t have mattered anyway. Were I to vote, I would vote for Labour. While I would argue that Green are the only party taking global warming seriously, I disagree with many of their other policies. Labour look to be the best option in this election based on policies alone; the Tory coalition the last five years has been poor at best, with further privatisation and cuts, as well as tax drops for the 1%. Labour aren’t perfect, but for me they have policies that err on the side of equality compared to others. That being said, I don’t like Miliband.”

Louis Whyte – Lewes & London

     

I’m not voting in this election, because quite frankly I don’t see any of the candidates as an effective or inspiring PM. Clegg has lost the confidence of voters since the last election by not following up on his promises, Miliband has less charisma than a used tissue, Farage still thinks it’s 1850, and Cameron’s only quality is that he’s already been PM for five years and didn’t bomb too many places, though he’ll still probably win with another coalition this year. My advice for the next campaign? Be interesting and be confident: no one wants to see you stutter on national television.”

Alex Adams – Kings College London

 

It seems to me that the Green Party genuinely care about matters that are important to me and my generation and are seemingly more progressive on the key issues of the elections. For me voting for the Greens will hopefully send the message that we need to seriously re-think how we tackle wealth inequality and wages, the distribution of government spending (especially with the NHS), constitutional reform and the environment.

Labour instead seem to adopt a less inspired approach to these issues, they have only just started to talk about climate change almost as an afterthought, their pledges to cut tuition fees to £6,000 doesn’t really go far enough for me (£3,000 would be ideal) and ultimately how they have stuck to the austerity narrative. While the Labour party do seem to care about the younger voters in general I haven’t seen that where I live in Manchester, which is a predominantly inhabited by students. I have often seen Green Party campaigners around talking to students and handing out flyers with their policies, where there has been no sight of the incumbent Labour representative or his campaigners, which is probably for good reason as his has been a safe seat for many elections. It’s for this reason that I am fortunate to have the luxury to vote for a party I truly believe in, where I would otherwise be contributing to a Conservative victory if my constituency was more contested, due to First Past the Post. To me this electoral system is the fundamental problem we have with our democracy, I don’t believe it should be allowed to survive past this election the Greens are the ones most committed to electoral reform.”

Nirav Chande – Manchester

 

 “So, I am a Labour voter. In every election whether it be general, local or more recently mayoral, I have voted Labour. Despite a number of policies and actions carried out by Labour governments, (Iraq, introduction of tuition fees) I have stayed loyal; unusual in this age of partisan dealignment perhaps? I have based this decision on an ideological belief in Socialism but that in itself is making me doubt my vote this time round. Before he even won the leadership contest the press were debating how red is Ed? Well as it turns out, maybe not quite red enough for me! After recently looking at party policies in more detail and completing the vote for policies questionnaire I have seen how maybe the Green Party or even, heaven forbid, the Liberal Democrats may be more suited to my personal views in the here and now; however, can I really bring myself to vote for them? As a Politics teacher I have always tried to promote the virtues of democracy and freedom and the sense of vote for what you BELIEVE in not just what may be ‘realistic’ or ‘economically viable’. To me politics is about principles! So do I stick to my principle of voting Labour, despite disagreeing with a number of manifesto promises (trident most noticeably) or do I vote for the party, in this case The Green Party, which in this election has presented far more progressive policies and seems to be more in tune with my views on society right now? As a constituent of Conservative strong hold Old Bexley and Sidcup, the outdated and unrepresentative electoral system means that despite my personal argument that every vote counts, my vote will unfortunately fall on deaf ears, so for this reason there is a distinct possibility that tomorrow I may break my lifetime of Labour support…..but we’ll see!”          

Anonymous 

      

“With exams just around the corner, it’s a shame that I’ve been unable to take a more active part in the campaign in this year’s  general election. However, I will be voting for Labour tomorrow. Why? Because I believe that the Labour party has the country’s priorities (such as healthcare and the welfare needs of the people) at heart. It is clear to me that both UKIP and the Conservative party would continue to privatise the NHS, making life worse for those for whom life has dealt a tough hand, as well as taking us out of the EU, which would be an absolute disaster. I do realise, however, that a landslide labour victory is unlikely, and I therefore think that the best outcome would either be a Labour and Lib dem or Labour and green coalition. As long as the conservatives and UKIP are out of power, I’m happy.” 

Pete Dockril – Saffron Walden

 “In the weeks leading up to May 7th, I toyed with voting for each one of the main parties (except UKIP!) at different stages. The constituency in which I live is a massively safe Tory seat, so in a sense, my vote is far less consequential than someone who lives in a more marginal seat. As a result, I’ve had numerous people try to persuade me that voting for anyone other than the Conservatives is a ‘wasted vote’, but on this line of argument, any vote I cast at all, will be ‘wasted’. Yes, my vote for another party isn’t going to threaten the Conservatives, but equally, they don’t need my one vote to retain their seat. So I decided that I should stop thinking of my vote as ‘wasted’ and instead think of it as a way to have my voice heard, and stand up for values that I believe in. Hence, I’ve decided to vote Green because I believe in free education and in taking action against climate change, and I believe that stopping the privatisation of the NHS and returning the railways to public hands are good ideas. The Greens have no chance of winning this seat today, I’m well aware, but it’s time to stop seeing our votes as ‘wasted’ and voting tactically, and I’m more than happy to do that for a party which stands for the values in which I believe.

Georgina Chapman – Hertfordshire

4 Comments on Who’s got your vote?

  1. Jessica Smith – Sheffield

    Personally for me, voting in the Sheffield Hallam constituency the Conservative party lacks effective representation. The Liberal Democrats first of all, in an election that for the first time really lacks a probable outcome has a logical strategy of creating essential notions that are beneficial and not too extreme that when they enter a coalition will be pushed to the side for the other parties policies. His been able to place himself in key centrist areas supporting policies that I personally support with such implementing strict restrictions to the nom-don status. More importantly, at least as a student, they have a significant array of education policies. Pledging the most increase out of any of the other parties on its spending (£2.5bn), I believe is essential in establishing strong primary and secondary education across the board and really ensuring that children in the coming years will have not only a variety of options after Sixth form or college but a selection of a good quality shown with their pledge to double the number of businesses hiring apprentices. Furthermore, their strong prioritiesed pledge of £8bn for the NHS by 2020 really appealed to me, this factor is especially important in today and as a user of the NHS facilities, I believe its important to continue its availability and also use these funds to employ more into the serve of the NHS to aid the strain of nurses and doctors.

  2. Bryony Vince – Voting Labour (International Relations and Politics, University of Sheffield)

    Many voters in the UK find it difficult to take Ed Miliband seriously as the potential leader of this country; I personally feel that many of them are basing their decision on the countless number of videos and ‘memes’ posted on various social media outlets that portray him as a joke. Citizens of the UK have spent too much of their time laughing at the Labour leader’s ‘inability’ to eat a bacon sandwich rather than actually focusing on Labour’s policies promised during the run up to this election. Whilst ignoring this satirical propaganda, I took the time to focus on the party’s promises, one of which I feel very strongly about. Tomorrow I will be voting Labour for many reasons; however the one I deem most important is their promise to lower the voting age to sixteen. I find it hard to comprehend why this issue wasn’t at the top of the political agenda a long time ago. The young vote is extremely important in our modern day democracy; sixteen and seventeen year olds contribute enormously to our society, they are able to marry, get a job, enter into the army, have a child and they also use the NHS. It is undemocratic not to allow sixteen and seventeen year olds the vote as they may for instance, have a job, have their own children, or require healthcare assistance. These are issues that are nowadays highly politicised; yet this percentage of the population still has no say. This is why I’m voting Labour, as they pledge to lower the voting age, which will subsequently create a more democratic country.
    Voters need to look past the satirical propaganda aimed at Ed Miliband and focus on what really matters – Labour’s policies.

  3. I will be voting Conservative tomorrow, whilst disagreeing with some of the choices made, education for start, the Labour front bench is one of the most uninspiring since Michael Foot and then at least you knew what you were getting. The Conservatives have many achievements to be proud of: the highest GDP growth of any major Western nation last year, wages outstripping inflation and most importantly- unemployment falling. Unemployment, is in my eyes, the biggest cause of inequality. Had we abandoned austerity in the same way that France did and succumbed to the politics of spite and envy, which Labour urged us to do, then it wouldn’t be unrealistic to imagine that we would have had similar double digit rates of unemployment and anaemic growth that they have experienced. Whilst there have been cuts that have been appalling and it is a national shame the levels of inequality that we face, I dare not imagine how much worse it could, and would, have been had to government not tackled the deficit when they did. All one has to do is look at the consequences of losing the market’s belief in your ability to repay your debt, by running persistently high deficits, that has caused levels of unimaginable inequality and social unrest in many Southern European nations. Moreover, I believe that it is pertinent to remember that a government running a deficit is one of the largest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich that there is; who buys government bonds, you, me- no, it is banks and wealthy individuals. Tomorrow one side will lead you to believe that they have a monopoly on caring, on compassion- they do not. We would not even be having to countenance such austerity had labour paid down the debt in the boom years, leaving us with much more more to manoeuvre when times became tough. Indeed, it is the same Labour party leader who was an economic adviser to that government who said that labour did not overspend. I implore anyone who is reading this to vote Conservative, it is the best guarantee we have for continued economic prosperity, prosperity that is finally starting to come to fruition.

  4. I’m from wales, if I had registered to postal vote, I would have voted Plaid Cymru. Unfourtunately, I did not register in time and will be voting Green in the constituency I live in (being a labour safe-seat). My rationality is (and please take not that these are my opinions, and are based on my view of what Wales needs) . If you live in a conservative area, vote labour. If you live in a labour safe seat vote green or plaid . The reason I say do this is most likely on what I say Wales needs. I can’t speak for the rest of the UK, but Wales needs a government who will be able to invest in a region that is finally getting back up on it’s feet after losing its major industry. I don’t dislike the Conservative ideology by design, but Wales just is not ready for a market deregulation and will become crippled by any more austerity measures. Since the last generation election, Wales the highest rate of child poverty and highest rate of economic inactivity in the UK. On the flip side, I am voting Greens in my London Constituency on the basis of sending a message that electoral reform is needed. Forgetting an ideological perspective, any government winning a seat within a constitency, having less than 50% of the vote is unfair, this needs to change.

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