JellyBaby's Blog

Why I’m Going To Vote…

Posted on: March 23, 2010

I’ve been able to vote for a few years now but I’ve never actually bothered to. I do actually feel guilty about this. After all, many suffragettes died to get us women the vote and I know I’m very lucky to live in a country where we actually get to choose our leaders. But the simple fact of the matter is that politics confuses and bores me. It seems to me that parties make all sorts of wonderful promises in the run up to an election which never become reality – and anyway, I’d much rather settle down and watch Neighbours rather than Question Time. It occured to me recently that the only knowledge I have about politics comes from reading the odd copy of The Sun and watching Mock The Week, which hasn’t exactly given me a very good education in the workings of the government.

Recently, however, I sat down with a cuppa and Company and read three very informative interviews, done by girls my age, with the leaders of the main parties here in Britain, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Nick Clegg. In amongst questions about where they buy their clothes and what movies they’ve recently watched were intelligent ones on their manifestos and in particular, how they’re going to help people like me if they come into power.

From getting on the housing ladder to tackling student finance, these interviews showed me that it’s essential for anyone who can to vote as politics affect us all. Just looking back over my blog I see that I’ve written about welsh language law, immigration, and global warming in amongst my ramblings about Glee and the X Factor. I always considered politics to be a load of old men in suits; thanks to Company and their excellent articles on how important it is to have an interest I see that politics plays a part in every aspect of my day to day life.

The price of petrol; public transport; wages; bank charges; education and more – all are affected by the government, therefore it is essential that we vote for whoever we believe will give us the best deal for the next four or five years.

I can’t say that I’m going to swap my tabloids for the Times, or American Idol for BBC Parliament, but on election day, I will be marking my ballot and feeling grateful that I have that chance. The opportunity to vote is more precious than we can imagine, so use it!


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