A few weeks ago, I pretty much begged you all to put aside your issues with Corbyn and vote Labour anyway. I explained that Theresa May was confident of an increased majority in the Commons and that it was vital to ensure that Labour isn’t wiped out altogether.
Since then, a number of new facts have become clear:
(1) Jeremy Corbyn is a much better politician than many of us expected and frankly, it won’t be a hardship for me to vote for a party led by him. For all the fuck-ups, disappointments and problems over the last 18 months, he is by far the most convincing human being out of all the party leaders.
(2) Theresa May is shit. Not just shit in the sense that all Tories are shit - that kind of narrow self-interested completely unsympathetic way. She’s also downright fucking incompetent, in a way that is completely unprecedented. She doesn’t know what her policies are from one week to the next. She can’t handle a Paxman interview or a debate with Corbyn. Even Cameron managed to get something from EU negotiations. She will get us nothing.
(3) Tim Farron is not someone that any left or centre-left voter should be willing to support. He is homophobic, pro-life and pro-fox hunting. He will make a deal with anyone because that’s all the Liberal Democrats can ever aspire to. If they genuinely cared about British voters and not their own careers, they would get out of the fucking way.
(4) Whilst a Tory victory is still looking very likely, Theresa May might not be getting the massively increased majority she was hoping for, because of her aforementioned shitness.
So in light of these new facts… I am still telling you to vote Labour UNLESS you are absolutely sure that another party has a better chance of beating the Tories in your area. Don’t bother with those pointless apps or charts going around to determine this - go to Wikipedia, type in the name of your constituency and check out who came first and second in 2015. This will tell you who you need to vote for to do most damage to the Tories. In the majority of places in England and Wales, that means voting Labour.
People are watching these election debates tonight and saying “oh Tim Farron came off better than I thought” and “Caroline Lucas is good isn’t she?” It doesn’t matter, because those parties don’t matter in the vast majority of constituencies. We cannot let this useless fish turd of a woman continue with a bigger majority, just because we wished Corbyn had spent less time making jam and more time taking the EU referendum seriously.
Get out there on 8th June and vote Labour. Please.
IF YOU ARE IN THE UK PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE SINCE THERESA MAY HAS JUST CALLED A SNAP GENERAL ELECTION. ALSO IF YOU OPPOSE A HARD BREXIT, MAKE SURE TO VOTE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS ON THE 8TH JUNE.
ALL the progressive/left wing parties are really, really flawed.
Labour: Jeremy “Oh Where Do We Even Start” Corbyn. Useless on Brexit. Has thrown immigrants under the bus for the sake of chasing the WWC, who are not biting. Never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Party as a whole still carrieslegacy of Blair, Iraq.
LibDems: Tuition fees. Enabling Tories. I’ve come to see this as more complex than I used to - in retrospect I think they DID, in coalition, worst impulses to a degree and sucked at taking credit for their victories, as God knows the Tories have been even more awful since, but there were opportunities to walk out, bring down Cameron’s government before it enacted our current miseries, and they did not take them.
Greens: Just unprofessional to the point where I keep expecting them to fall over and roll around with their legs in the air. Made a hash of Brighton. At one point decided the worst threat to civilisation was artists and writers getting to profit from their work.
I’ve shifted interest from one to the other and all of them have royally pissed me off.
NONE OF THEM deserves your loyalty in the sense of sticking with them to make a point about the unpalatability of any of the others.
ALL OF THEM are better than the Conservatives. Yes, they are. Yes, even that one.
What is the point if they’re just watered down Tories?
Well, the point is that they’re not.
Labour: Wants a £10 minimum wage, universal free meals for primary schools, renationalised railways and to integrate NHS and social care.
LibDems: Trying to save us from Brexit. Much more money for the NHS. Support the introduction of legalised, regulated cannabis and treating drug addiction as a medical issue rather than a criminal one overall. Would give 16-year-olds the vote.
Greens: Want a universal Citizen’s Income. Robin Hood tax on banks. Would repeal the Health and Social Care act of 2012 which basically opened the privatisation floodgates. Also, you know, to save the world.
I once thought the distinction between the Tories and an exasperating opposition wasn’t meaningful. I don’t any more. Don’t like that the Lib Dems broke promises? Well, May promised no snap election, just for starters. Don’t like Labour’s bellicosity? The Tories were there for all of it. Aghast at the Greens’ bungling? Iain Duncan Smith exists. Does that mean “they’re all the same”? No, it means the Conservatives combine the flaws of all of them and the virtues of none of them.
That’s the Tories killing off good policies Labour had put in place, or doing awful things opposed by Labour and the Lib-Dems/Greens, and or thwarting efforts Labour/the LibDems/the Greens were making to rescue children. Those green policies, that NHS funding, those refugee children would be safe right now if the Tories were not in power.
Would Labour/the LibDems/The Greens get to enact all their best ideas and avoid all their worst tendencies? Of course not. Will they do or be what you most want in a government? No. Are you right to be furious with any or all of them? Definitely.
Are you old enough to remember the 80s-to-late-90s when huge numbers of homeless people were sleeping rough all over London? And then in the late 90s through the 00s, how they weren’t? It’s true. Have you seen how they’ve come back, how positive change has been deliberately reversed? I can remember when mass rough-sleeping seemed like the bad old days that would never return. They did not have to.
Do you remember Sure Start? More than 350 Sure Start centres have closed since 2010.
Do you remember when satisfaction with the NHS was at a record high? It wasn’t long ago. It was in 2010, when Labour left office. Satisfaction plummeted during the following year. Now, seven years later it’s on the brink of collapse.
Because none of the left-wing opposition parties are that great it is not worth allowing the differences between them to be points of division. And while we remember their mistakes and even their crimes we must remember what they did right. While we point out their ongoing flaws we must continue to see the opportunities they offer to reverse our slide into a cruelty, ignorance and unnecessary deprivation. Not to do so means more people will literally die. They will die on the sea trying to reach safety or under bombs they cannot escape; they will die waiting for medication or operations that would easily save them; they will die by suicide when they can no longer endure the poverty they have been forced into. They will die of cold and exposure on the streets.
I was in Hastings the other day. I met an old friend of mine. He’s a longterm alcoholic. He’s never going to be employable. He’s just lost his flat and was back to sleeping on the street after having a roof over his head for five years. There was a rattle in his breath that really scared me. He hadn’t had electricty or heating for years. He’s fifty-one, and looks at least ten years older. I think he’ll be dead in a year or so. His MP is the Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Treat Labour/LibDems/TheGreens as a single opposition. Viewed that way they’re at least adequate. Even if the fuckers can’t get it together to form an alliance. Vote for whoever has the best chance of ousting a Tory.
In capitalist societies, women in property-holding families reproduce heirs; women in working-class families reproduce generations of workers for the system.
The capitalist class has become dependent on this method of ‘privatized reproduction’ within the working-class family because it lessens capitalists’ own financial responsibility for the reproduction of labor power, which is instead largely supplied by unpaid domestic labor performed primarily by women. The precondition for women’s liberation thus requires an end to their unpaid labor inside the family. This, in turn, necessitates a socialist transformation of society, which cannot be achieved gradually but only through a process of social revolution, in a decisive battle between classes.
Sharon Smith, Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital (2015)
honestly we cannot consider ourselves a progressive nation until we get on board with marriage equality. we are lagging behind!! we are getting further and further behind the US for fucks sake! a country who is currently being led by an incompetent racist, misogynist, narcissistic cheeto. what does that say about us???
If people want to understand why I’m so frustrated with the BC Liberals…
You’d feel the same way if the provincial equivalent of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have been running your province for the past 16 years (I’m sure people in Alberta & Saskatchewan can relate to this feeling).
Schools have been underfunded, teachers fired, government has attacked teachers basic labour rights. The BC Liberals got rid of our human rights commission. Public utilities have been sold off or privatized. The party has been a failure on the environment (they did cut emissions briefly but now they’re going way up again); they’ve had so many scandals I’ve lost track (deleting emails relating to access to information, lying about everything, The Site C dam, approving Kinder Morgan’s pipeline, etc). Canada’s worst mining disaster (Mt. Polley) happened under their watch. They ignored Vancouver’s housing crisis for years. They’ve had one of the worst minimum wages in Canada, and the highest cost of living. They’ve screwed over disabled people with meanhearted policies.
So I’ve read the manifestoes for the English parties because when I vote, I vote based on who I agree with the most. I find it easier to then compare party policies side-by-side. I figured other people might do this too so I’ve stuck together my notes for anyone else who’ll find it useful. On that note, I haven’t included the SNP policies because I cannot vote SNP and therefore can’t justify spending my time reading their manifesto. But if you can vote SNP I encourage you to take that time! Honestly, I love Nicola Sturgeon and I wish she could be prime minister and defend UK politics as passionately as she defends Scottish politics. In the mean time I’ll just pray for her to adopt me.
My aim here is to be unbiased and these are the points that are helping me form my own political opinion. Just to be clear – the statements are summarised from each party’s manifesto and I am not intending to persuade anyone to vote a certain way, but rather to people to be informed when they vote.
Read on if you plan on voting with your principles, not if you want to vote tactically. There are good spreadsheets going around to vote tactically (although I urge you to check the statistics yourself and not let yourself be played). This post is not a tactic. I can’t bring myself to vote tactically – I want to be able to look back on my vote in years to come and be honest with myself when I say ‘I voted for what I thought was best’. Hit me up for discussion and please let me know if you find mistakes!!
Uk followers i’m actually begging you, please vote in the general election on thursday!!! the tories are counting on young people like you staying home. if u message me that you voted or take a pic of yourself at your polling station and tag me in it, i’ll follow you, add you to a shout out post i’ll put up on friday of all my politically woke uk peeps and reblog your latest selfie, i’m 100% on this, literally anything to get as many people as possible out tomorrow!!! if you’re not sure who to vote for this site: tactical2017.com/ will tell you what to vote in your constituency to prevent a tory majority. it’s really important we stop them leading us in to another 5 years of cuts to education, welfare and healthcare, down the hard brexit route, and legitimising closet ableists, racists, homo/transphobes and misogynists.