Let's not talk about the election

Thursday, 1 June 2017

I wrote an impassioned post about why you should vote in this next election (BECAUSE YOU SHOULD VOTE, FOR GOODNESS SAKE, JUST GO AND VOTE, WOMEN DIDN'T HURL THEMSELVES UNDER HORSES FOR NOTHING) (sorry, some of that post seems to have escaped into this one) but I deleted it.

Because I'm just finding it all incredibly depressing.

I posted a thing on Facebook about young people not voting and how over-65's vote and therefore they are the main age group for deciding the future of the country, but I think it came across as slightly ageist (even though I didn't see it that way, but I am a bit of an idiot really) and then I ended up deleting it because I felt bad.





Anyway, a discussion ensued (!) and it became obvious why people don't want to vote: because they don't know who to choose.

So, that's that.

I still think people should vote, and I know which way I'm voting, but I am not in any way optimistic that the way I want things to go will happen. Frankly, I think we all know how it's going to go down.

(But then again Donald Trump is President of the United States. So, technically, anything can happen. We could end up with Phillip Schofield as our Prime Minister and I wouldn't really be surprised.)

I wake up at 5.30 every day with the baby, who regards himself as King of the House first thing in the morning and likes to loudly declare that by screeching and babbling at the top of his lungs, and the only thing on is BBC News. And all I'm going to hear for the next week or so is election stuff. 'Jeremy Corbyn has promised the actual moon on a stick this morning if Labour win the general election - Theresa May has branded him a 'ridiculous bearded loon' - but more on this after Kermode's Film Review!'*

Basically: we will all vote for something and then something will happen and then more things will happen that are generally out of our control and we can just hope for the best. In the meantime people will talk a lot and some people will become nearly feral with anger about the whole thing.

That's about as optimistic as I can manage.

Meanwhile, I've compiled a list of conversation starters. As you know, British people find small talk quite painful and therefore we rely on moaning about politics and the weather in order to connect with people. Listen: the political climate in our country is dreadful and the weather is the weather in June - it will either be raining, or we will be experiencing a totally unexpected and unbearable heatwave. Let's talk about something else. Here's some handy openers:

  • 'What are your feelings on chocolate bars? I'm quite partial to a KitKat Chunky. I used to like Twirls but I'm not sure about Cadbury since the American takeover. What do you think?'
  • 'Did you see the traffic on the way here?'
  • 'Did you watch Pointless yesterday? I got three pointless answers. THREE.'
  • 'Read any good books lately?'
  • 'Did you hear about (insert local scandal here)?'
  • Or, if you really want to freak someone out, 'How are you? No, seriously - how are you?'

On a serious note, it is very important to be politically engaged and whatnot. If you're still undecided about which way to vote, I recommend the I Side With quiz to help you figure out which party you align with the most. But it is also important to stay sane, not read any articles by any biased newspapers (which is all of them) and not to keep checking Twitter to see what people are saying about it.

Good luck ladies and gentleman. May the odds be ever in your favour.



* (PS. Kermode's Film Review is really the saving grace of the depress-fest that is BBC One in the mornings. Frankly I'm contemplating watching back-to-back movie rants every day until the election period is over. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with politics I suggest you watch his classic Sex and the City 2 review. You're welcome!)




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9 comments:

  1. I don't know if I am stupid but I just don't do politics, I don't understand any of it and find it boring as most of it just goes over my head, reading this has helped a little so I am definitely going to vote now#blogginggoidtime@_karendennis

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    1. Ah yay! Glad you're going to vote. To be honest I find a lot of it boring too but I make myself read up on it 😉 x

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  2. It's beyond hideous, but I shall be voting on election day. Gotta be done

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  3. As an expat I am totally overwhelmed with election news so I can only imagine how you Brits feel. I am totally turned off by politics now as they all seem like a bunch of incompetent liars TBH. I think we need a new party! Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Me too! The 'sane and normal' party x

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  4. It's such an emotional subject for some isn't it ... I know a few people don't vote in my area because of the majority in seats from one party so they think their vote will be wasted. We're divided in my home but we can talk about it without getting heated. It is what it is.

    Totally understand you doing a post/FB status and then deleting. Controversial subjects always cause friction don't they! xx

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    1. Yes ... I've learnt my lesson. No political posts on social media for me from now on ..! x

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  5. I wish I had blogged about who to vote for or a dummy's guide to politics... I get very involved!
    I was proud I managed to get st least 1 non-voter in a mummy FB group to vote on the day.
    Amazing how many people just don't have a clue about any of it and need people to break it down for them

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