I am sick of the Election already. And that’s why it is Ranty Friday this week. Actually it isn’t the election I am sick of, it is other people insisting their view on politics is the only acceptable one and ramming it down my throat.
The last time I looked we lived in a democracy. In a country with more than one political party. Where we are free to choose who we vote for. Or don’t. Though that latter point could be the subject of a whole other post, yes Russell Brand I am talking to you. Anyway, I digress.
Politics is a personal thing. Either we vote for a political party because our parents did. Or we don’t vote for a party because of something they did or didn’t do back in the 80s. Or we vote for them because we can’t stand the other leader. I don’t know, and actually I really don’t care who you vote for, it is your choice. It won’t affect my friendship with you. And I would really rather that the decision who I vote for didn’t cloud our friendship.
Too often this week I have seen people on Facebook, Twitter, in front of friends pointing a finger and getting really quite aggressive about who they believe their friends should be voting for on May 7th. And it’s wrong. Yes, be strident and outspoken on your views, tell people why you are voting the way you are if you so wish. But please don’t tell me that if I don’t vote the same way as you, you won’t speak to me again, or will be deleting me from your friends list. Seriously?
This election is already doing my head in. I hate the arguing. The name calling. The finger pointing. The constant picking apart everything any politician says and does, and the fall out on Twitter when any politician is on the radio or TV. It’s always a “car crash” or “imploding” or the “policies don’t add up” and the other side come along and tear it apart in 140 characters. Can we please just stop?
Or adopt this approach from Sali Hughes: Sali Hughes on Dating a Tory which is just brilliant. It perfectly sums up for me how we should all be handling this campaign. Sali is a life long labour supporter, and is dating a chap who has often voted Tory and this is one of the best articles I have ever read on subject and shows how we should all just put our political differences aside in friendships. (PS if you haven’t discovered “The Pool” where that article is hosted, you are missing a trick, you really should go and have a rummage around on it and sign up, it’s fab)
There seems to be so much hatred and animosity around and I just want it all to be over. I don’t want to have conversations with you about what your views are, or know where you stand on certain political issues because I don’t want to admit on some of those issues my stance might be different and I really don’t want an argument. I am tired and I just don’t want to fight about it.
I just want to know that you have voted for the party that you believe will do the best by us. And know that I will be doing the same.