“Politically homeless” is a phrase that you might see popping up more and more these days. Brexit is looming large over the UK and Europe’s heads and a lot of British and European voters, me included, are torn between what seems like two, three or even four not very good political options that would usually be sensible, logical choices. In my case, being a British citizen and somebody who has lived in the UK all their life, it’s three – The Conservative Party, The Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.
What’s my opinion of the Conservative Party? Well, for a start I’ve never voted for them. I may be fairly middle class but I definitely don’t belong to Middle Britain. I’m the son of a mixed race Lancastrian and I’ve lived in two parts of Britain that are rife with crime, gangs and drugs. I voted remain in the referendum. I’m pretty much legally disabled and I think that Muslims and Jews are alright. I’m also not a big fan of the last two conservative Prime Ministers and my opinion of David Cameron has significantly dipped since he put his book out and made quite a few people really mad by implying that he wanted the Queen to interfere beyond her self-defined political remit. So yeah, I’m definitely no Tory. Never will be. Even if for some absolute miracle I became rich and was able to afford nice houses, fancy cars and resort holidays, I would never fit in with the kind of people who live that lifestyle. I am an eccentric guy from Croydon and always will be and those kind of people are not traditionally Tory voters!
The Labour Party, however? Oh boy, I’m about to annoy a lot of people with this one…
Since the time of Jeremy Corbyn (and quite a while before, but he has accelerated it), the Labour Party has become a socially conservative backwater of the kind of hard left politics that this day and age doesn’t need. Jeremy Corbyn is one of the greatest examples of a political con-man this side of Donald Trump. He repackaged the hardline, uncompromising Labour Party of Michael Foot so that millennial voters like myself would eat it all up and, unfortunately, it worked very well. He has allowed his vehemently anti-capitalist tendencies to cross over into creating an institutionalised culture of anti-semitism that caused some of its best MPs like Luciana Berger to leave. Corbyn lied about his true views on Brexit (he wants it) so that he could get his mainly remain-voting party to give him more power and open a window into him negotiating a Brexit deal under his own terms. You only need to look at how he called for Article 50 to be invoked immediately after the Brexit vote was cast! Jeremy Corbyn has also, without any real debate at all, restructured the entire Labour Party so that only those who fully agree with his ‘vision’ are allowed to be within it, to the point where more moderate Labour groups such as Labour Students have been effectively deselected by the Momentum mob. Furthermore, there’s actual documented evidence of Corbyn, McDonnell and other senior party members engaging in multiple instances of what should only be described as hate speech. If Donald Trump represents the worst and most conservative excesses of the right, Jeremy Corbyn represents the worst and most conservative excesses of the left.
So, what about the Lib Dems? The seemingly most sensible option, at least to me, out of the three biggest parties in my home country? Well, I’m afraid they’ve fallen out of favour with me somewhat too. Even though I quite liked Tim Farron initially as he seemed the most ‘human’ of the big politicians of the time, his background of born-again Christianity really unsettled me as a person who chooses to not have anything to do with organised religion or even any form of religion at all in any way whatsoever. Then Jo Swinson came along and she decided to carry on with a mandate of trying to stop Brexit, without realising how deeply entrenched the result of the Brexit referendum now is. The sad fact of the matter is that we are going to have a Brexit in some way or another. “The will of the people” is very much a real concept, in the sense that everyone has willed themselves into a state of accepting that Brexit is coming, including those who didn’t want it to happen. Brexit has manifested itself, as if it was willed into existence from nothing by a group of early humans sitting under the thrall of the Apple of Eden. Trying to create a good deal for Britain that keeps the Good Friday agreement intact and makes sure that we aren’t completely shut out to Europe is going to do more good, at least in the short term, than flying banners around asking for Brexit to be stopped.
This brings on the multitude of smaller parties, none of which will win any kind of decisive result in parliament and all of which being, quite frankly, pretty bonkers! The Greens are a bit too communist for my liking, UKIP is well… UKIP, the Brexit Party is yet another Farage vanity project and we can forget about the Monster Raving Loony Party because it’s the kind of organization that’s joined by people who want to make a stance out of being ‘apolitical’. Not to mention that I can’t vote for the SNP as I don’t live in Scotland and the majority of Plaid’s deal doesn’t sit well with me for obvious reasons as an English guy in Wales!
This, as you might expect, leaves me with a big political quandry. When you don’t really like any of what you’re being offered, who do you vote for? In the past I was a definite Lib Dem voter but I’m growing more and more disillusioned with the party that’s supposed to represent me the best. If Labour was more moderate maybe I’d vote Labour but I genuinely cannot support them under their current leadership. So, that leaves me as being a politically homeless person who, quite honestly, has no idea of who to vote for or whether to even vote at all! I know I should vote because I have a right to do so and I probably will at least vote for somebody when the time comes for me to have to do so. It’s just a real, real conundrum for me. A real headscratcher of epic proportions in my brain that I still can’t manage to solve. Maybe I will be able to solve it in the future…
Does that mean that I don’t care? Of course not! I care a lot about things like human rights, investing in green technology and several other things. I want the world to be as good as it possibly can for those who are younger than myself. Do I know exactly what to do? Probably not! But, I’m at least trying to do my best and raise awareness of issues that I feel are important. Maybe the issues I care about are a bit old-fashioned or old hat? In which case, I’ll gladly take being a bit old-school if it means I’m being kind.