A snap general election was in our country’s national interest and there should be unity, not division, at Westminster over Brexit
– Theresa May
After 2016 and it’s hype of the EU Referendum, 48 hours ago, many keen eyed political freaks like myself thought that this year, there was nothing exciting about British politics. Nothing to look forward to, except the usual EU negotiations and the 4th May by-elections. However, this year turned out to contain a massive affair which, for the next 50 days, will be gripping and spreading through our nation like wildfire. What is it? A snap general election, as Theresa May announced.
What confused me, however, was the political U-turn the Prime Minister took- before, she unflinchingly said that there would be ‘no snap general election’ when interviewed by Andrew Marr only in September. This isn’t the first time there has been a political U-turn under her government. In March, Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a rise in the National Insurance, making people pay more for it. In less than a week or so, he wrote to every Tory MP detailing his Budget u-turn on National Insurance rises, admitting that the reform was a breach of the “spirit” of the Conservative manifesto. He also claimed that the reforms are the “right approach” but says that they will now not take place in this Parliament. These two political U-turns sort of cast Theresa May’s government into an unstable, flickering and dim light- if they continue to make and change rash, irrational decisions, who knows what the Conservative Government are capable of?
‘But why’ is the question wavering over the minds of many people in the UK- why has she made such an abrupt decision, to call for an election in what, less than 50 days? Is this election really to unite Westminster, to help Brexit, and for the betterment of our current society? Or has she got her own personal means- wanting to stabilise her position as Prime Minister and give the Conservatives more power in the House of Commons?
What’s even more absurd is that few hours after the announcement, the Prime Minister also ruled out any television debates, consequently erupting furious reactions from the opposition and the general public. During Prime Ministers Questions, Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats grilled Theresa May on her decision, making the point that she is too scared to debate freestyle. The PM responded by saying that she wants to get out there, into the public, and campaign- she already debates with other politicians in the House of Commons. What I feel is that the Prime Minister is trying to avoid face to face freestyle debating- she knows the mess the Conservatives have created within the last seven years and just doesn’t want to account for them on National television.
So is the Conservative Government capable of running our affairs until 2020? What has Theresa May shown to the public within the last few months of her leadership? Has the Conservatives proved that they can run a country- with the best interests of the nation in mind?
I don’t think so.
What have they done since 2010? Well let us start with the rule of David Cameron. Under him, The Junior Doctors Contract was introduced, meaning more working hours for junior doctors, The Snoopers Charter ( no need to explain that ), cuts to Disability Benefits, cuts to maintenance grants for the poorest of university students, Boundary reform, the creation of academies, the prevent strategy- which targets Muslims, and many more.
It’s evidently clear that we don’t need any more policies from the Tories- they have done nothing but cut down on the policies that are really needed in order for our nation to survive. Instead, they cut on these rules and use that money on the ‘economy’-it’s not bad that they are but it’s unacceptable that they cut down on the money that is definitely needed.
The general election is a perfect opportunity for us all to vote out there and really bring a change to our country. It’s a chance for us to elect a government which is by the people, for the people. It’s a chance for us to elect a government which has the interests of the people and the economy. This General Election is a chance for us to turn the tables- for the good.