Driving my children home from school yesterday I slowed as I made my way down a busy residential road, eyes focussed on the middle distance, ears tuning in to an alien sound….
A loud hailer playing something akin to fairground music…
Piped messages of hope and glory…..
Then the horrible realisation of what I was following:
I must have sworn out loud because what followed was an attempt to explain to an 8yo what the raison d’être of the BNP is? Ever tried? It’s not an easy one, and it ended with me summing up with “Basically they hate everyone”.
The whole experience worried me. How did we get to this? Although I did take come comfort from the light-relief option offered by twitter. I liked that a lot:
But the serious message is that this is where apathy leads. You may not know who you want to vote for tomorrow, you may feel that the choices you have are all rubbish, or that no one is good enough to do the job, but by stepping back or conscientiously objecting you’re risking a lot.
Liz at Violet Posy posted a great link on her blog yesterday. The premise is that you decide initially on the four areas that are most important to you, eg Crime, Welfare, Education, Healthcare and then you’re presented with a series of statements (none of them attributed to any party). You read through the statements, deciding which most resonates with you. Once you’ve completed the process, it matches you to a political party. It does take a bit of time, but IMHO it’s time very well spent.
Please, please do go and vote tomorrow. Follow your instincts and make a choice, there’s an awful lot riding on it.