Why I’m voting Conservative in the snap election

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UPDATE (4/6/2017): These do not represent my current voting intentions, but rather my views at the time of writing the post.

Yesterday, from out of nowhere, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to call a snap general election, which was passed in the House of Commons today, meaning of course that we’ll have yet another round of voting for us beleaguered Brits in about seven weeks time. To be honest, I had a slight suspicion that there might be an early election, but I was taken aback by how soon and sudden this came up. Before that, I decided that if a snap election were to occur, I would vote for the Conservatives, and now that there is a snap election, you probably know where this is going.

Some of you may find this odd. Why would I willingly cast my vote for the party that I spent the past few years excoriating with ceaseless zeal? Well for starters I am not the leftist teenager that I used to be, and I wish I had actually done more research back then too. Second, let’s consider the reality of the political situation in Britain today. Brexit is definitely happening now despite all the establishment’s attempts to stop it, and right now, Theresa May, whatever you may think of her policies, is the only politician with the ability and the will to make it happen.

UKIP is probably closer to my more libertarian positions, but they’re completely useless. Think about it for a moment. The one thing UKIP was founded for, Britain leaving the EU, is already being accomplished under the current government. As long as this is the case, UKIP has no purpose in the political arena, other than potentially stealing Labour seats from the north. In a normal election I suppose I would endorse the UK Libertarian Party, but I don’t think they will have much of an impact in a sudden snap election. Plus, I don’t know anyone running as an MP for the Libertarian Party who I can vote for.

While we’re here, let’s talk about the other parties. I hope nobody tries to convince me to vote for the Liberal Democrats, because they will quickly find it impossible to convince me to vote for the pack of snivelling sell-outs that the Lib Dems. Under Tim Farron, they’ve become a party for social justice warriors, as if the Green Party wasn’t already. I honestly think the Lib Dems want to fail. Their leader is a useless wimp, and they don’t seem to know how to appeal to ordinary voters. And then there’s Labour, the sad socialist club whose leader was practically salivating over the prospect of a snap election, one in which he will undoubtedly be crushed because he is less popular than most British politicians. At this point, they’d do better if they kept Ed Miliband as leader. Even worse are Corbyn’s deluded fans, those larping revolutionaries who will finally get the chance to campaign for their dear leader, lose, then protest the outcome and start a petition to kick the Tories out.

I should reiterate that I don’t actually agree with most of the Tories’ policies. In fact, if I was a Tory, I’d probably be a very crappy Tory. My policies, which would be considered centre-right in America, would probably be considered too far-right for the Conservatives, which I mostly consider to be conservative in name only. The main reason I am voting Conservative in this election is because I know exactly why Theresa May called this election. It’s a move to strengthen her majority, and giver her government democratic legitimacy, all while thinning out the Labour opposition while it’s already weak. In short, I think she wants to attain a larger majority, which will be easier for her to work with while she’s negotiating the Brexit terms with Brussels.

I know full well that the snap election is a political power move on Theresa May’s part, but I am not voting for the Tories on ideological lines. You may remember that I wrote in favour of leaving the EU. Now that we are leaving the EU, this country needs a capable leader who will deliver on the will of the people, and at the moment the only one who can rise to the challenge is Theresa May. I dislike much of her policies, but I think leaving the European Union takes precedent over everything else at the moment, and I want a government that will deliver on its promise. If Theresa May wants her democratic mandate then as far as I’m concerned she can have it. After all, she has thus far demonstrated that she is more than capable of delivering Brexit, while Labour, the Lib Dems and the Green Party have openly opposed it, and UKIP will do nothing to help, having served its purpose.

I leave you with some predictions for the election in June:

  1. The Tories will win in a landslide victory, increasing their majority by at least 40 seats.
  2. Labour will lose at least 30 seats, and Jeremy Corbyn will either resign or be challenged in a new leadership contest some time in the autumn.
  3. The Lib Dems won’t gain or lose many seats, UKIP will probably steal seats from Labour if they gain any at all.

I doubt that it will be a very exciting campaign however, given how exhausted the general public is when it comes to national politics. One thing I can guarantee is that, after the Tories win again, the left-wing media and the progressive busy-bodies will throw a hissy fit yet again, but this time nobody will care.

However you vote in June’s election, I hope that people won’t pick each other apart over they plan to vote, or are at least less enthused about it than they were in last year’s bitterly divisive referendum campaign.

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Why I think we should raise the voting age

I hardly focus on politics much on this site anymore, but I got into one of those political discussions in college (which I actually enjoy being part of), and got introduced to some new ideas.

I engaged in the topic of voting, and I eventually heard, and later adopted, interesting conclusion, that many younger people simply aren’t educated enough to make an informed decision on who to vote for because they don’t really know much about the issues facing society.

This, of course, bring me to the topic of today’s post. I think that, because of the relative inexperience and apathy of today’s youth, the voting age should be raised back up to 21.

At first, the very idea sounds crazy, but hear me out. There are a number of valid arguments supporting that idea, just as there are plenty of arguments for lowering the voting age. Here and now, I’m about to list my arguments for why the voting age should be increased.

Argument #1 – Younger people have less experience, and are therefore more naive

This may sound very contradicting and quite self-hating, due to the fact that I am still 19 years old, but the point I’m expressing remains valid.

My point is that people’s votes are influencing the direction of government in a certain way, but many people both young and old don’t know what they’re voting for. They just listen to the propaganda coming from the party political ads and vote based on what has the biggest emotional impact.

I know from experience that teenagers can be quite naive. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t have fallen for the whole Kony 2012 nonsense last year (which was spread by dumb celebrities). My point is that young people can easily be swayed by people who take the moral high ground and appeal to their idealistic view of the world.

Argument #2 – They’re not really adults yet

Obviously the issue of the voting age is tied up with the age at which the law recognizes people as adults. Personally I don’t think there should be a universal age for adulthood, but that’s another issue entirely. In the days of my parents, you weren’t really considered an adult until the age of 21. That’s why 21st birthday parties usually end with the birthday boy/girl getting p*ss-ass drunk.

Besides, if you give an 18-year-old the vote, they’d be more worried about who would lower the drinking age if at all (again, that’s a different issue I want to explore later), or who would keep the clubs open, or who would let them smoke weed. All younger voters would want is for politicians to give them what they want without any regard for how it would affect the rest of society.

A real adult would make an informed decision, and would know what they’re voting for. For younger people, I doubt that this is case. Feel free to prove me wrong, I’ll still stand by it.

Argument #3 – The common argument for lowering the voting age is utter nonsense

The common argument for lowering the voting age reads like this:

“If you are old enough to have sex, marry, or even join the army, then you should be able to have a say in politics.”

Just because you can have sex and raise a baby at 16 doesn’t mean it’s okay. Likewise, just because you can vote at 18, doesn’t mean you ought to.

Let’s remember that the voting age was lowered at a time when some people actually still wanted to join the army. Nowadays, I don’t know anyone who would want to join the army. Similarly in America, the voting age was fixed to 18 in all states in 1971 solely because they were sending young boys of that age to die in Vietnam.

Apparently the other reasons for lowering the voting age was to deal with voter apathy. The major political parties lowered the voting age so they could secure more votes, and they thought they could get young people interested. Which leads me to my next argument.

Argument #4 – Young people will never be interested in politics

Obviously the main idea behind lowering the voting age is, supposedly, to get younger people interested in politics. In an ideal world, that would succeed, but in the real world, it will fail horribly. Why? Because many young people have never been interested in politics. I know that there are more young people interested in politics today than 43 years ago, but many young people still aren’t interested.

The attempts to get young people interested in politics have gotten pretty desperate in recent years, particularly in 2010, when BBC Radio 1 actually got tabloid prostitute Peta Todd to do a video showing first-time voters “how to vote”.

If you want my honest opinion, I bet the people watching that video were paying more attention to Peta Todd’s breasts than what she actually had to say. This and the domination of electronic pop music can only prove my argument that young people aren’t interested in politics, and as long as the next hip thing comes along, they won’t be.

Argument #5 – Raising the voting age could make young people want to vote more

This may sound odd coming from the guy who would gladly advocate voter apathy as a way of punishing the politicians. In fact, my theory is that increasing the voting age will mean less people voting. However, I also believe that this will have the side effect of encouraging young people to get into politics.

Think about it. When you are forbidden from doing something, you want to do it more. It would also work in favour of getting less inexperienced voters in the polling station, which, in theory, would mean less people making the wrong decision, and more people making the right decision.

Some people say that more experienced voters will make the right decision, but what really is the right decision? The way I see it, the only right decision is to not vote at all. After the 2010 election, it took me two years to reach that conclusion. But then again, I’m not like most people.

Conclusion

I believe that we shouldn’t be giving the decision of electing a politician to people who don’t really know what they’re getting into. Yes, if the voting age is raised, it would mean that people under 21 would lose the vote, but I think they’d gain something more. They’d have the freedom to not have to give a crap about politics for at least three more years.

Frankly, if there were any justice, then only intelligent people aged 25 or over would be voting, but I realize that it might be a step too far.