Cher­ish vot­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT LEADERS -

The most com­mon re­ac­tion to Theresa May’s de­ci­sion to call an elec­tion seems to be a moan that we are be­ing asked to take part in the third na­tional poll since 2015. But a sense of per­spec­tive is nec­es­sary (not least in com­par­i­son with the peo­ple of North­ern Ire­land, who on June 8 will be cast­ing a vote for the sev­enth time in three years). At a parochial level, is­sues that mean much to our own, small com­mu­nity will rise to the fore as par­ties com­pete to per­suade us that they are most wor­thy of our sup­port. But more fun­da­men­tally, while it may be trite to point out how many peo­ple have died for the right to vote, it is no less true for that. What­ever the mo­ti­va­tion may have been be­hind the call­ing of the elec­tion, we should cel­e­brate our abil­ity to choose our next gov­ern­ment — some­thing de­nied to the ma­jor­ity of our fel­low hu­man be­ings. The next seven weeks are ours to shape, and ours to use.

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