This isn’t the politi­cians’ elec­tion

Evening Times - - NEWS - Ste­wart Pater­son

WE’RE off and the elec­tion cam­paign that has been go­ing on any­way has started proper.

As soon as the par­ties agreed to back a De­cem­ber poll, the key mes­sages were be­ing pumped out.

They are the mes­sages we will be bom­barded with for the next six weeks.

Politi­cians and party strate­gists telling vot­ers what they should be think­ing and what is im­por­tant.

The Prime Min­is­ter states the elec­tion is about ‘get­ting Brexit done’.

The SNP West­min­ster leader said the party will fight the elec­tion on Scot­land be­ing able to choose a dif­fer­ent fu­ture.

The LibDems want Brexit stopped and Labour wants a vote on a new ne­go­ti­ated deal on Brexit.

All of the above are state­ments on what the politi­cians want from an elec­tion.

What about what the peo­ple want?

In the first few days all we have heard is Brexit, Sec­tion 30 for an­other in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum, a peo­ple’s vote, re­voke Ar­ti­cle 50.

So far in the con­text of the Gen­eral Elec­tion no-one at the top of po­lit­i­cal par­ties has given child poverty, home­less­ness, drug deaths or uni­ver­sal credit the promi­nence it de­serves.

Soon they will be knock­ing on your door, stuff­ing leaflets though your let­ter­box and pop­ping up on telly and in your news­pa­pers telling you what they think.

They want to turn a Gen­eral Elec­tion into a va­ri­ety of proxy ref­er­en­dums.

Boris John­son wants enough Con­ser­va­tive MPs to al­low him a ma­jor­ity to get his deal though Par­lia­ment and then leave the EU on or be­fore Jan­uary 31.

But what about the rest of the five-year term we are elect­ing MPs and there­fore a govern­ment for.

What else will he do with that man­date.

Be­cause you can be sure that he will use it to ram through ev­ery­thing and any­thing that comes into his head, that the Con­ser­va­tives want, but didn’t men­tion dur­ing the cam­paign.

Peo­ple need to take charge of

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