Why I'll Be Voting Labour on 8 June

30 May

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DISCLAIMER: I am not telling anyone who to vote for, I'm just sharing my reasons for voting for the Labour Party.

Get yourself a snack, this might be a long one. And before we get cracking, I just want to you to know how important it is to vote on Thursday, 8th June. Make your voice heard, lest you are unable to complain about the government for the next few years. If you're not sure who to vote for, here's a link to a quiz to help you work out which party's policies you agree with.

I agree with their manifesto

I'm not going to list it out in full, but you can read the Labour Party manifesto here and I agree with pretty much all of it. On a frivolous note, anyone saying no to extra bank holidays is living a joyless life.

Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader I've ever actually wanted to vote for

It makes my blood boil every time I read an article about Corbyn in the media, as they are invariably biased against him. While I can see through their smear campaign (why are they asking him about things that happened 30 years ago?), I'm worried that many others won't.

So just to clarify: the mainstream media is run by really, really rich people. Labour want to raise corporation tax and income tax for the 1.2 million people (the UK population is around 65 million) earning £80k plus per year. Are you making the connection?

Rant aside, I genuinely really like Jeremy Corbyn and I want to vote for him. He's not an Etonian who's out of touch with normal people, and he's the first politician I've ever seen reply to a question with a straightforward answer. I agree with most of his policies and most importantly, I trust him as a leader. And I don't trust any politicians. It seems that a lot of people agree with me, if his campaign rallies are anything to go by.

But even if I didn't like him, I would still vote Labour because...

I'm voting for the party, not their leader

I didn't particularly like Ed Miliband (I mean, I didn't hate him but jeez, answer a question without repeating the same thing ten times) but I still voted for Labour in 2015 because I agreed with most of their policies. While the leader of a political party will become the Prime Minister if they win the General Election, they can't just do whatever they want because of that.

I feel like Labour are the middle ground between the Conservatives who are like "punish all who aren't old, rich, white dudes" and the Green Party who are just a little bit too idealistic for me. They care about important stuff like basic human rights but they also accept that Britain voted to leave the EU so it needs to happen.

Voting Labour is probably the only way to get the Conservatives out

I'm willing to eat my hat if the Green Party get in, and I'm pretty sure the Lib Dems won't be getting many votes any time soon after selling out in 2010. So if you don't like the Tories, it's pretty much Labour or bust. This may not be the case depending on where you live (if you want to vote tactically, here's a handy website), but it's the case for most constituencies.

Why don't I like the Conservatives? I'll go into more detail below, but surely the real question is why would I like a party pledging to take free lunches from children and potentially bringing back killing animals for sport?

The Conservatives' main tactic is bashing Corbyn

Now, this is something that really irritates me, especially in politics (and musical talent shows). If your tactic is slating your opposition, you obviously don't have much faith in your own campaign.

The Conservatives should have enough confidence in their manifesto to use it as a reason to vote for them rather than saying "vote for us or you'll end up with him." Didn't work for Hillary Clinton, did it?

I like having free healthcare

Do I need to explain this? Imagine if the Manchester bombing had happened in America. Grieving families would not only have to deal with the loss of loved ones, but also insanely huge medical bills.

Privatisation of the NHS is where we're probably heading if the Conservatives stay in power, and having to pay for being ill or injured is just not something I agree with. It will discourage people from seeing a doctor when they need to and potentially stop them from being diagnosed with an illness early, because they can't afford to pay the medical bill.

They are destroying the NHS by cutting important funding and services, and then they'll use that as justification to privatise it.

I care about people other than myself

While I'm extremely lucky to have a full time graduate job, I still struggle for cash sometimes and my savings account is not very healthy, due to my crazy high rent taking up most of my wages (more on that later). And I live in the north. 

So I can imagine that for people not in the very fortunate position of having quite a well paid job, it's much more of a struggle than not being able to afford to eat at a restaurant one week or not being able to buy new clothes one month. It's a case of relying on food banks, daring to have a spare bedroom and living in fear of their benefits, their lifeline, being taken away from them.

It makes me feel genuinely sad that more people than ever can't even afford to buy food or keep a roof over their head. My heart breaks a little bit when I see the amount of people sleeping on the streets on my way to work. I'd happily pay a bit more tax to keep the NHS open and allow those who need benefits to receive them without being terrorised, and I earn much, much less than £80,000.

I believe that quality of life in Britain has worsened since the Conservatives got into power in 2010

In the last seven years, house prices and rent have skyrocketed, rough sleeping has more than doubled (I've seen this personally in my city) and people have literally died due to being denied benefits that they need.

The media have tried to pit middle/working class people who are being brought to the edge of their budgets against people claiming benefits with TV shows like Benefits Street to distract them from the fact that renting or buying a property is no longer an option for many people, employers are being allowed to get away with paying a less than liveable wage and the scale of tax evasion and avoidance is far, far, far higher than the amount of benefits being paid out. Oh, and many people claiming benefits are actually in work, due to them struggling to live on the aforementioned low wages.

As always, I'd love to hear your opinions (although I am a little bit nervous), so feel free to comment below or tweet me.

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