DO IT. SHOW THE FUCK UP THIS TIME. LEAVE WON BY JUST 4% - A FEW VOTES CAN MAKE A VITAL DIFFERENCE. THERE'S NO POINT KICKING OFF THE EUROPEAN ESTABLISHMENT IF WE DON'T KICK OFF THE DOMESTIC ESTABLISHMENT TOO. VOTE THEM OUT. tactical2017.com/
ISSUE ONE: BREXIT
Brexit is going to be an economic disaster that will scupper both party's plans, so it's important to look at their behaviour so far (to see how good at negotiations they'd be) and the principles underpinning their manifesto pledges (to see how they'll react when the shit hits the fan). The Tories have made clear that they'll sell normal people down the river to make sure the elites can still pad their wallets, and their war posturing has made no friends in Brussels, so it will be an uphill climb for them to get favourable terms and they'll abandon the regular Joe given the first excuse. Labour, on the other hand, has made clear their intention to protect normal people from the negative effects of an economy increasingly dependant on low-pay insecure work, and their leader has won international awards for fighting for and facilitating negotiations. When Brexit pushes the country tits up, they'll strive to limit the impact on those who can't afford to weather the storm, and on more friendly terms with the EU they'll be able to get us a better deal to minimising the tits-going-up-ness of the whole thing in the first place.
ISSUE TWO: NHS
The introduction of market mechanisms within the NHS has pushed pretty much every health trust in England and Wales into deep debt, while companies like Virgin walk away from increased waiting times and floundering health outcomes with fat stacks in their pockets. Yes, Labour bares some of the blame for increasing their use of PFI schemes (first introduced under John Major's Tory government) to build more hospitals, but Corbyn's Labour is obviously a different beast to Tony Blair's New Labour and having learnt from their mistakes will not repeat them.
ISSUE THREE: IMMIGRATION
The Tory target of bringing net migration down to below 100,000 has never once been met in 7 years in power (during her 6 years as Home Secretary where it was precisely her job to do this), and every assessment of this target has made clear that it would be an economic disaster. Coming onto something that directly effects my foreseeable future - they would increase the minimum income requirements on Brits who want to live with foreign spouses in the UK. Right now it's £19k a year - they would increase it to an as-of-yet unspecified amount. That would kill any chance of me and Alexx being able to return to live in the UK until that law is removed. Labour has said they would remove this requirement and make immigration fair, giving familial ties a higher priority than is currently the case. If I ever want to live in my own country with the woman I love, Labour has to win. If they don't, then I've no choice until after the next election in 2022.
ISSUE FOUR: ECONOMY
I deconstructed the Tories' fundamental economic argument two years ago when I joined an anti-austerity march in London. The arguments are unchanged. Trickle-down neoliberal economics is bunk, economies require investment in regular people and infrastructure - business investment will follow. Labour is pursuing this people-first economic model, one that has produced high standards of living, education, and healthcare, as well as budget surpluses, across the bulk of Scandinavian nations. No competition.
ISSUE FIVE: ENVIRONMENT
The Tories have a track record of overruling local democracy to impose fracking on communities that don't want it. Labour isn't as good as the Greens on environment (obviously - which is why I'm hoping the Greens take Bristol West), but they far outdo the Tories. Labour's energy policies sound a lot like the ones used in Germany to encourage communities to willingly adopt local renewables as a means for those communities to take control of their own future. Those policies have been a massive success in Germany and I would love to see them in my country too.
SO BASICALLY, GO VOTE. OUST THE TORIES. SHOW THE FUCK UP.
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I voted, to this day the way the voting system works seems arcaic and probably should have been dropped in favour of proportional representation in the early 1900s, but then again, it still seems a hell of a lot better and less convoluted than the american voting system
Yeh, First Past the Post is a system we really need to get rid of - hopefully a future Corbyn government will bring in Single Transferable Vote. That system seems like the best balance of proportionality and locality to me.
uh... but you're american, right?