I am a 29 year old mum of three and I have NEVER VOTED. Am I ashamed of this fact? No. Am I proud of it? No.
I have happily lived in my little bubble of ignorance for all those years, so why am I bringing it up now? Well… as much as it pains me to word it like this, at my age… peer pressure!
Yes… I said it. Peer pressure is making me feel like I should at least consider voting. Yes, I appreciate that women in history gave up their lives so that modern women could vote, but I don’t think that necessarily means every woman should vote, for the sake of voting. I have always been a firm believer that you should only vote if you have a stable comprehension of what it is you are voting for. I learnt about people who “spoil” votes today and really can’t fathom out the point of that. Why bother voting if your vote doesn’t count?
The reason I don’t vote, is because I have no knowledge or understanding of politics. None whatsoever. Those of you who laughed at Nicole Scherzinger for thinking that Tony Blair is still Prime Minister… well I’m not far behind that in my knowledge of politics. It’s all jargon and may as well be written in Mandarin. I have no clue what the difference is between a chancellor, a commissioner, an MP or any of the people in power. I need an idiots guide to politics.
I read this article on left wing vs right wing, which was kindly tweeted to me by Nickie on Twitter, and from that I can just about decide which “wing” I’m on. I have tried Googling, but whatever page I land on, I either fall asleep, get so bored I have to re-read the page about ten times, or just quite simply can’t get my head round what’s what and who’s who. I have tried doing those quizzes which are supposed to tell you which party your beliefs align with… I had to guess on some of the questions, because again, I didn’t have a clue what half of it meant and the result brought up three different parties.
Before you launch into a “Oh my goodness, how thick is this woman?” type of thought process… I have a fairly high IQ, I had a good education. I have a degree, A-Levels and many other qualifications, so I’m honestly not as dumb as I probably come across. I’ve just quite simply never been told anything about politics, and until now, had absolutely no interest in it. I seriously think that politics should be taught in schools, because if it were, there would be a lot more young people voting and a lot less people like me, who don’t vote purely because we don’t understand it.
In fact, whilst on the subject of what should be taught in schools, I would like you to watch this video I found on YouTube by Boyinaband because it is absolutely legendary and every single word of it, echoes exactly what I think should be included in education. In fact the guy is a genius and I agree with nearly every video of his that I have watched so far. Can’t we just make Boyinaband the new Prime Minister because he seems pretty switched on to me?! If there’s a political party which aligns with his values… tell me who and I’ll vote.
For me, the priority is the NHS. I will never vote for a party which wants to scrap the NHS or reduce it’s funding, because without the NHS, I wouldn’t be alive today and my children would never have been born.
I’m not going to discuss the ins and outs of my other political beliefs, because everyone has such wildly different opinions on these and I don’t want to spark off any fights about immigration or crime or whatever else causes heavy debate. What I am going to say, is that thanks to Googling “politics for children” and finding this website, which explains all the terminology, I am of slightly more understanding than I was this morning (and off to read some more in a bit). However, I still cannot find a party which aligns completely with what I would want for our country. They all have policies I would back and policies I would protest against. Does that put me on the fence?
So what should I do? Go with the party which promises the one or two policies I most agree with and ignore the fact I disagree strongly with the others? Or do I continue to abstain from voting and leave it to the people who know what they are doing?
The only thing I was told about politics when I was younger was:
* All politicians lie *
So really, does it even matter who I vote for?
I’m not going to do eeny-meeny-miny-mo in a ballot box.
I’m not going to spoil a vote and waste peoples time.
I will either vote, based on what very little knowledge and opinion I have on politics.
I will continue to be the mum who gets shunned by her peers for never voting.
What do you think I should do? Do you fully understand politics? Do you understand who you are voting for and why? Please drop me a comment, but refrain from mentioning which party you are voting for, because I don’t want to feed the trolls!