This isn’t the politicians’ election
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