Meerkat Musings

Politics (and a Baby!)

Politics (and a Baby!)

Firstly, congratulations to to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their daughter! She looked adorable, all wrapped up in her little blanket, and I wish her and her family all the best for the future!

Now for the meat of this post…

In a few days Britain goes to the polls to vote in an election that will almost certainly leave us with a hung Parliament (that is, no one party will be able to form a working majority, so cue frantic negotiations by the major parties to form coalitions with smaller ones, as happened last time).

If the polls are any indication, the Tories hold a 1-point lead over Labour – nowhere near significant enough to form a government. There’s a big reason for this too.

All the major political parties in Britain have suffered in recent years from being out of touch with the average person. Politicians from all parties are usually so far removed from reality that they do things like getting limos to ferry them 35 miles – instead of getting the train like a normal person (and I wish this sort of story was a one-off, sadly it isn’t). There was the Expenses Scandal, that revealed many MPs from many parties were using public money on some outrageous things (including a moat!)

If I vote (and that’s far from certain at the moment) it would probably be for Labour, on the simple basis that I feel the Tories have overseen the decline of the country over the past few years. There are so many empty shops in my local town centre, and there’s been an unprecedented rise in the use of food banks since the current coalition government took power.

Out-of-touch Tory leader and Prime Minister David Cameron reportedly would seek to repeal the hunting ban that went into force in 2005, believing that many people are against the ban – however YouGov polls would suggest otherwise.

There’s a lot more I could go into, but frankly, politics hurts my head. It seems that whoever get get at 10 Downing Street, we can be assured that our views will not be listened to, and no one will live up to their promises.

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