The Palace of Westminster – It’s our Parliament too ! Over the past few weeks of the UK’s election campaign, I’ve noticed many readers saying in comments & emails ‘its just not worth voting'. Never could I disagree with a statement more than this. As citizens, British subjects, the electorate, the one thing we have to hold our politicians to account, to maintain or change the way we are governed, and help decide our nation’s future, is the ballot box. Use the opportunity we have today, participate, and vote !
Some politicians say they are giving us an invitation to join the Government. Well, if that is the case, use your vote, and power as a citizen to ‘join’ such a Government, and hold them to account on each & every issue, policy or law they propose, address or change, along with the very way they may govern us if elected.
Some politicians say we, the people, are the boss. This is the way it should be. If you feel this way, use your vote and power as a citizen to ensure they continue to do their best for the country, and you, through the good times and the bad.
Some politicians say we need a change in British politics, that it should be cleaned up once & for all, and that the very nature of how we vote should be changed to allow ‘wider representation’ of the population. If you feel that way, then again, use your vote and power as a citizen to bring such change, and never let up until such change is upon us.
Some politicians say we need a local champion fighting for Scots at Westminster. We certainly do. All the candidates in Scotland, for whichever political party they are standing for, are very much local champions in their own constituencies. If you feel we need those local champions, find yours, and vote for them !
Lets face it, you can be rest assured the professions will be voting in their numbers, to ensure, or help along the party they wish to be in power … so we as individuals should also use our vote, to make our voice heard.
So, to my readers today … certainly to those of you who may have given up on the political process – take a few minutes out of your day, go along and vote for whichever candidate, local champion, or political party you feel will do their best for the nation, you, your family, your finances, your wellbeing, the causes you may campaign on, or the injustice you may fight, personal or otherwise. We cant grumble if we don't participate, so participate !