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Sounds pretty similar to my experience of moving to London after growing up in Glasgow. No one in Scotland votes Tory, so it was a pretty big culture shock to discover that there were even young students at UCL who identified as Tories and voted for relatively hardcore conservatives like Boris Johnson.
the labour party will bring in the same policies as the tories will, just at a slower pace. there’s literally no point in voting for either if you’re a leftist, there’s not even a reformist reason to do so.
I get so angry at this. And what I’m about to say to you, I’m actually REALLY hoping is wrong. Like really.
One of the vanishingly few things I liked about the SWP was their line of ‘vote left where you can, vote Labour where you can’t’.
It’s true that Labour aren’t a left-wing choice. But they are the most left-wing party that will be in the running to form a government after the next general election.
For example, a commitment to reverse the bedroom tax, even if it comes a year later than it should have done, is vitally important for those people for whom £16 per week makes the difference between balancing the books and sinking (deeper) into debt.
It’s also important to remember that you can’t compare “what Labour would do 2015-2020” with “what the ConDems have done 2010-2015”. When we go to the polls in 2015 we’ll be choosing between Labour’s admittedly inadequate plans for the next Parliament, and the prospect of a Tory government re-elected, confident, and feeling like they have a mandate to make the sort of cuts they haven’t dared make yet - the literal privatisation of the NHS, for example, rather than the piecemeal dismantling of it we’ve seen so far.
Refusing to vote is risking - no, it’s inviting that renewed assault from the right. Not to vote is to abandon the ballot box to the BNP and the bourgeoisie.
If you’re a leftist and you don’t vote, you’re doing it wrong.
Spot on post, thank you for adding extra analysis to my original argument. The reason why I joined the Socialist Appeal is because of their similar line about Labour.
Also, not that the original post touches on completely not voting, but I have an even great dislike for not voting at all. The fallacy of being a-political, which Stephen Bond once wrote a perfect line on purity:
"To claim to be apolitical is a contradiction. Every public stance is a political stance: all social acts can influence others, however subtly or imperceptibly. A political absolute zero is unattainable; just as all matter at a finite temperature radiates heat, all social acts radiate politics.
In truth, to be “apolitical” is to be politically white-hot, to shine brightly in the colours of the status quo. Purists are invariably reactionaries of one form or another, whether they call themselves liberals, libertarians, or conservatives. To retreat into eternal truths is to accept the current structures of temporal power. And it’s a luxury possible only for those already well up in the hierarchy.”
Almost a year ago I wrote a really long response to this, urging people to vote and how frustrated those who profess ‘apolitical’ mindsets make me. Essentially I said the same thing as you, note voting is what the Tories want. It makes their life easier. When you don’t vote, you’re not a revolutionary, you’re a middle class Tory with two cars and a burdening need for tax cuts.
If you don’t vote and the Tories get re-elected, you’re passively allowing more people to die from the Tories’ inhumane policies.
IMPORTANT: UK Student Loans to be sold off
If you are still paying back a student loan that you took out in 1998 or after, then you’re in for a nasty shock. George Osborne has confirmed that the government is committed to selling off student loans taken out from 1998-2012 to private companies. If this goes ahead, all students and graduates with any student debt remaining could face years more of repayments on our loans as interest rates are likely to soar. In other words, this proposal could lead to a retrospective hike in tuition fees. Furthermore, instead of being reinvested in education, loan repayments will instead go to private profit.
What you can do to stop this sell-off from going ahead:
- Lobby your MP to sign an Early Day Motion in Parliament opposing the sell-off of student loans using this online tool: www.thestudentassembly.org.uk/lobbying-tools
- Sign the online petition, which already has over 16,000 signatures:http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52145
- Tweet your opposition to the sale of student loans directly to the Prime Minister David Cameron at @Number10gov – make sure you include the hashtag #StopTheSellOff in your tweet.
- Register to vote at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/. This is meant to be your government, and unless you are prepared to get involved in direct action, the only way you can affect real, lasting change is with your vote.
Please reblog (as text, the link version removes all the actual information), tweet, share and anything else to get the word out. We need to fight this, together.
The epetition and lobbying take less than 5 minutes. Boiling a kettle takes longer than it does to oppose a crippling student loan hike.
The opening paragraph is not my own words, I have asked the original author of the private post these are taken from if they would like to be credited or not