Large parts of this fine country of ours are taking to the polls this Thursday for local council elections with an additional 10 cities also holding a referendum on whether to have an elected Mayor or not.
Now, before I go any further, I feel I should expose my political colours and leanings first. I'm as a general rule against all of the main parties. The Conservatives aren't in touch with modern society, Labour have a leader who seems unelectable and the Lib Dems? They haven't a Clegg to stand on after selling their soul to the Tories.
A lot of people however have their party who they vote for every election without looking at the policies. My neighbours are like that. They ALWAYS vote Tory as they believe a higher class of people vote Tory. A hell of a lot of people vote like this.
With the local elections on the horizons I thought it might be a bit of an idea to address this. Having said that if you're actually taking the time to read this I'm pretty certain I'll be preaching to the choir here.
For starters if you are unhappy with the job the coalition are doing running the country (so everyone who isn't mega rich I'd hope) that is no reason to NOT vote Tory locally. The reverse is also true. If you think Ed Miliband looks like a man without a plan it is still okay to vote Labour at the local level. Or Liberal.
The key word here is local.
I'll give you an example.
In Nottingham City the ruling Labour council have been proven several times to be a bit... Suspect shall we say? They are also battling fiercely against the idea of having a separately elected local Mayor. And by battling fiercely I think a full on scaremongering campaign would be a better choice of words. Their most recent “Say No! To an elected Mayor!” booklet states that anyone who wants to have an independent Mayor is racist.
I'd explain the logic of their reasoning but frankly it is beyond my understanding. I just don't understand it. They're also in a bit of hot water over the decision. So in Nottingham, I'd urge you to vote Labour for governmental elections BUT for this local election vote Tory.
If you live in a village and there are arguments over a bypass vote for whichever party best reflects your opinion on the matter even if that means going against what you perceive your political colours to be.
Get to know each parties stance on local issues and vote local.
I know I'd love to see David Cameron get a bloody nose with a massive Tory defeat at the local level on Thursday. And I'm sure most of you would too. But vote local!
As for who I'm going to be voting for on Thursday? Well I won't be voting. My local council had their elections last May so they aren't holding one this year.
But for those that are get to know the issues and the parties stance on them.
And I do urge you to vote. Politics, while of interest to a great many, is something that effects all of us in every aspect of our lives.
We have the right to vote and we should use that right. And to vote in this election on local issues!
And when the next general election comes along? That will be when we give Cameron, Clegg and their Conservative cronies comeuppance.