Why I won’t be voting…
…for conservatives. Before I get started, if you are a person who is eligible to vote in the UK, please make an effort to go out and vote. Don’t waste the opportunity to have a say in how this country works.
I don’t usually talk about politics or elections or anything government related, but this time I wanted to speak up, so please hear me out. Please keep in mind, it is MY OPINION and I am entitled to mine as you are to yours. I won’t be using any names but it would be a quick Google search away 🙂 If you are a conservative person, please tell someone to update their website so that someone knows who they’re voting for. Its so stupid.
I met the conservatives candidate in Brent North today outside Kingsbury tube station. I asked him “Please tell me why I should be voting for you?” and he said that “Brent has been under Labour for last 10 years and I am not happy with the changes that have happened”. So this is quite funny to me. If you know me, I am a computer scientist. In my field, everything changes every other week. The phone you are browsing on wouldn’t have been available 10 years ago. The faster, better, cheaper accessibility to technology has only happened because how fast the industry moves. My knowledge from yesterday would be old today and I am NOT afraid of change. Change WILL happen, weather you like it or not. Around a 100 years ago, we didn’t have the concept of nuclear weapons (because apparently this is all people want to ask Corbyn) or we didn’t know much about renewable energy and WW2 had not happened. Since then, the world has changed! We are ruining the place where we live (and very fast) and no one gives a damn about it. But it has changed. So weather you like it or not, Mr Representative, world is going to change. Move with it.
Anyway, the first answer he gave me was “Less taxes for businesses”. So lets get started there, shall we? My family has owned a computer repair shop in Kenton. I used to be there most of the time. Yes, we paid tax. No, we did not hire people on zero hour contracts (which btw, are stupid and should be gotten rid of). How did people get to the shop? By cars. How did the cars get to the shop? On the roads which the TAX MONEY paid for. How did we have the infrastructure for the electricity to run these computers? You guessed it. TAX MONEY. How do people who worked at the shop got there? Infrastructure provided by TfL to allow commuting because of TAX MONEY. I understand as a small shop owner, you may not earn much or the tax would eat into your profits but she is reducing it for bigger businesses as well! How does that work?! (And don’t even bring the argument about inviting businesses to UK after Brexit. You put us in this hole, now don’t make it easier for them).
Then we went on to talk about university fees. I had to pay £9000 per year (3 year course) & take out a loan of around £9000 for maintenance costs and so on. The total comes to around £45000-50000 for a student to get a bachelors degree in Computer Science (and true for most of the other degrees). He responded by saying “I have also paid £9000 in fees”… WHEN????? and I am sure you are not in debt for £50000 after graduating! Don’t try to use that card against me. He also said “I see a degree as an investment in the future” I agree to a certain extent that the degrees should not be free as universities have to pay their lecturers and so on but investment into my future? By making sure that I am MINIMUM £24 worse off EVERY SINGLE MONTH for the next 30 years (assuming I don’t earn any more than £21000 or else I pay more!). My sister would be going to university soon and she doesn’t even get the maintenance grant anymore. So more debt to her. Hooray!!!!! And this is an investment? Except for professions where you actually have to learn a lot of theory before you work, a degree doesn’t make a difference. The market is in a bad shape after Brexit and I don’t know if I will even have my job depending on where the companies move to. How is that an investment???
After talking about that, we moved on to the topic of homelessness. So apparently he has been homeless. So does this mean he just ‘knows’ the struggles? I moved to this country from a small village in India, without knowing any English. Basically had to live frugal for most of my life because we couldn’t afford to do things that others could. He may have been homeless, but the conservative party is doing everything they can so that being homeless will be a thing which is much more common. He also told me that Conservatives would like to reduce the taxes you pay. So let me give you a scenario, when you were a kid. You had parents/carers that took care of you, right? Did you have to pay them tax for giving you a shelter? For giving you food? Clothes? They earned money so that they could provide you with all these things. Homelessness is not a decision. The people don’t go “I wonder if I sleep on the street today how fun it would be”. No. It is not a choice. It is a mixture of unseen circumstances and bad luck that makes this happen. And for this, I don’t mind paying more taxes so that less people are homeless. Its fine. I have come from a country where the infrastructure lacks, there is high poverty and so on. I don’t mind paying more out of my earnings to help those in need or to help them get back on their feet. Human beings don’t want to be homeless/poor/sick, they want to live. Just like you and me. And if you think you will be using this to get my vote. I am sorry, but that is just sick.
We then talk about GP’s and how we had to wait a long time to get an appointment. And he said he had the same problem (What?! Unbelievable. £350m for NHS!!!!!!!). And he tried blaming this on the Labour Representative MP. So let me explain how hierarchy works. The PM and her people get to make the decision. And then people on the next level down have to work with that number. So we have had 7 years of Conservatives in the parliament. THEY have made the decision to reduce spending in the NHS. THEY have made it so that we both have to wait for the GP’s. And the current PM was chosen to lead the Brexit negotiations so she would be the person who would be making and giving the £350m for the NHS, correct? That is how logic works right? But the representative pushed it on to the “Leave Team”. What the actual ****. So, does the PM who was CHOSEN to lead the Brexit negotiations because the old one wanted to stay, not live up to the word? Excellent. That is so STRONG AND STABLE!
And that brings me on to the end of our conversation. He didn’t have much he could answer to my points and he couldn’t convince me why I should be voting for him, so he started using the same old garbage that comes out of the current PM’s mouth and thats when I thought that this was a pointless waste of time and nothing was gained from this. I wished him luck and went on my merry way.
I don’t mind the fact that people are voting Tories. I don’t mind the fact that people are voting Labour or UKIP or Lib Dems or Greens or SNP or whatever party there is. But please please educate yourself on what the policies are of the parties that you are voting for. Don’t vote for one party because people in your family have and don’t vote for other because I like Strong and Stable in my tea. Vote once you have read and understood what the policies are and how it would affect NOT JUST you but also your family, your friends, your relatives and this planet that we live on.