There is now less than a month to go until the UK General Election. On 7th May, we’ll be making a decision on who we want to run our country for the next few years. Basically, this is pretty serious stuff.
As the big day looms ever closer, I’m doing all that I can to absorb as much information as possible, so that I can make an informed decision when I walk into that voting booth. For the most part, it’s been your standard stuff, televised debates and whatnot. However, the Green Party have just released their new party political broadcast, and it needs to be seen to be believed.
So yeah, that’s a thing that has happened.
To be honest, I’m not quite sure how to feel about it. The message is pretty clear – the Green Party may be seen as an outsider, a wasted vote, but the other major players (Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and UKIP) are all pretty similar. The actual broadcast itself is definitely memorable though. I mean, whether you like it or not, the image of four people who could potentially be running our country singing together as part of some weird manband will be burned into your retinas for quite some time. You can close your eyes but they’ll still be there, harmonising while pulling off some questionable dance moves. Like a group of middle aged men, throwing down at a university reunion after sinking 6 pints of bitter.
While I’ve always said that the main political parties are two sides of the same coin, I think to say they are all exactly the same is a bit of a stretch, but fair play to the Green Party for the concept.
One thing that is important, in my opinion, is not to consider any vote a wasted vote. If you feel that the Green Party is the party that most closely represents your views, vote for them. Same with Labour, Lib Dems, Conservatives, even UKIP. If everyone who thought “oh there’s no point voting for them because nobody else will, so they have no chance” actually voted for their chosen party, who knows what would happen.
If you’re struggling to make up your mind, I’d recommend checking out the Vote Match website – http://election2015.votematch.org/ – You’ll be asked a variety of different questions and will be given scores on how closely your views match each of the main parties. When I did it I was quite surprised at my results.
Anyway, check it out. Watch some videos. Read some articles. Do whatever you need to do to make an informed decision next month!