Article: Ross Pollard
This will be a defining fight, perhaps the biggest political battle since the Thatcher years. A fight against austerity affecting the many, while the conservatives protect the elites donors who finance them.
Tory wishes for further privatisation are what lie at the heart of this government. A rank opportunism that will return to selective rule, a government agenda that revolves around greed, power and holding no concern of the effects on the population in a capitalist & corporations first vision.
Theresa May came out to the podium on Downing Street, and framed this election as being about the mandate for Brexit negotiations. This was a lie and Brexit is being used as a distraction from the real aims. The Tory Party see's a moment to consolidate power and to fend off the forces that oppose them.
May's Britain is one that she will project as the H.E. Bates novel, ‘TheDarling Buds of May’. A pastiche 1950’s style of rose tinted longing. The reality is, those who care about decency & values need to unite together in a tactical vote against Tory rule, otherwise many will be driven into a darker horror of exclusion, poverty and destruction, increasing the growth of the gap between rich and poor even more than the last seven years have seen. They will continue to turn working class people against each other in a war over social welfare as a way to eviscerate the social security net they hate passionately
This election is not just about Brexit, it's also about the NHS, social welfare and the influence of big business. But most of all, it's about young people and a society that will be handed over to them. A society with limited education, housing, opportunities and medical options under a Tory government. We are at a point that the next generation could be sent in to oblivion, and quoted as pushing us back to the Victorian period. They say Labour will tack us back to the 1970's, but they will drive us back to the 1870's.
Another driving force behind this opportunism that May has focused on is the post-Brexit referendum agenda. UKIP has disintegrated and this could tip many marginal seats to blue. UKIP support spread across many areas and political leanings; and it was not entirely or exclusively former Tory voters. But by framing this election around Brexit and an anti-Europe ideology, Theresa May could win these voters over to her banner. Those that believe the mantra of "Brexit means Brexit" or “Strong and Stable” could be swayed to the Tory party and deliver a conservative victory.
But they can be stopped, and it is by tactical voting.
Usually I'm opposed to tactical voting as I think you should find a party you believe in. But here we have an opportunity to make a difference with unity around the progressive politics so many believe in.
My view is the left is a festival of tents, and we should come together as often as possible. From a personal perspective, at no point in my lifetime has this seemed more critical. You need to research into the available candidates that will be on the ballot paper on the 8th of June. To win seats an alliance need’s to happen so we can disassemble the huge and damaging mandate May is trying to cheat her way to, this also applies to defending marginal seats.
Some candidates are standing aside for the greater good, and concerned voters should look at this way to do the same. If the conservative mandate isn't stopped, it will then take another generation to fix the damage if at all possible, that May and the Tory party will force upon us.
Register to Vote, then do it, like Luke Skywalker, it's our only hope.
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