The election is only 34 days away, and party campaigns are in full swing. What follows is not a transcript of the things that were said during last night’s 7-way leaders debate, but a summary and explanation of how each leader performed.
(The three main party leaders anxiously gaze outside as Nigel Farage is forcibly removed from the party for wearing another hideous tweed jacket)
The Labour Party recently announced that if elected, it will lower the tuition fee cap from £9,000 to £6,000. The announcement was met with derision by some university vice-chancellors, who bemoaned the proposal as a threat to top-quality education which won’t help students from poorer backgrounds get into university.
(The three alternative parties meet in London to plan a tripartite attack on Westminster. Left to right: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe)
Contrary to popular belief, democracy is not just a matter of showing up to the voting booth every 5 years or so. A democracy consists of people making decisions based on popular votes, national sentiment, and the decentralized collective decisions of various masses. We must be allowed to do more than tick a few boxes once in a while, if we wish to call ourselves a democracy.
You get the government you vote for. That is what I shall remind Rochester and Strood voters of in 5, 10, or 15 years, when no doubt they’ll be looking back at Mark Reckless and his UKIP successors, and what they’ve done to this country. Because yes, the too-Tory-for-the-Tories party has won another by-election, meaning their power now stands at: 2 MPs, 24 MEPs, 3 Lords, and 368 councillors. On Thursday the 20th of November, R&S voters headed to the polls in a haze of Euroskeptic, slightly racist, vague anger at the establishment, and voted for another establishment party. Apparently, if you get seen drinking beers, laughing in pubs and wearing horrible tweed jackets, you’re a man of the people. Who knew!