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!”
“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