The Prime Minister’s announcement for a snap General Election in just under 2 months’ time has left the country reeling. No doubt that there are several postulations being put forth for the reasoning behind this decision – to win more seats for Brexit, to destabilise the opposition even further, to cut her losses and step down as PM, to prevent Scotland from breaking off from the UK by winning seats back from the SNP and so and so forth.
I have no analysis of my own to offer. In fact, this article isn’t going to offer any revelations at all. As a voter, I’m worried. Since 2010, the Tories have been destabilising Britain, especially its fundamental services – the NHS and educational facilities. Furthermore, their demonisation of immigrants, the poor, the disabled and other minority groups leaves me in a rather sombre mood. Their poor decision to hold the EU referendum set the ball in motion for political turmoil which will have a trickle-down effect that will impact mostly the underclasses. These are some of the many grievances that I hold towards the Conservative Party, if not more.
I wouldn’t feel so despondent if it weren’t for the lack of a decent opposition. As a 30 year-old woman who only grew aware of politics in the mid to late 90s, I can tell you that I’ve never felt so low about the state of politics as I am today; there has never been such political uncertainty as there is now and the mood doesn’t seem to be improving. The reason? People are confused. Save for the hardcore Conservative voters, the general public don’t know who to vote for because there seems to be a lack of strong opposition to challenge what might be a Tory government almost monopolising the country. What makes it lamentably worse is that previously Labour voters may now be voting for the Conservatives.
I’m among the confused voters. I have almost always been a Labour voter, and there’s no reason why I wouldn’t vote Labour this time around, but I have to be honest – my vote would be incredibly half-hearted and lacking conviction. In this entire situation, I’m struggling to see a silver lining and I’m not alone in thinking this way. The polls aren’t offering any consolation either with YouGov telling us that 44% of voters intend to vote Tory. That’s not reassuring at all and perhaps there is only a twinkle of a silver lining in the thought that polls have, in recent years, been wrong about these things.
However, there are still 9 weeks left to campaign and I truly and sincerely pray that Labour pulls its socks up quickly and gains some headway with the fervour Jeremy Corbyn showed today. There are likely to be some turning points as things begin to unravel during these next couple of months and things may begin to look up. I’m not holding out on any hope at the moment. Although it may seem I’m being fatalistic and putting a damper on things, I’m simply being realistic on the basis of past performance. It also doesn’t rule out that things are subject to change. One thing is for sure though – for those of us who grew up in the late 90s, politics has never looked as disheartening as it does right now.