CHANGING FROM BLUE TO GREEN FOR MY SANITY!

CHANGING FROM BLUE TO GREEN FOR MY SANITY!

 

So the country has spoken and we are at the mercy of a majority tory government for the next 5 years. I despair and let me tell you why…. It may surprise you to know, but this is the first General Election in my voting history when I have NOT voted blue. I am a serial entrepreneur, brought up in a wealthy working class family by a self made millionaire father. I was educated predominantly in the private sector and have been a self starter all my life. I have always been responsible for raising my own income and despite several financial set backs I have never claimed a penny from the state and always paid my taxes. I was tory for most of my life, it was in my DNA. My introduction to politics and voting was Margaret Thatcher and I saw the conservative party as an aspirational brand. The party that wanted me to do well, to get an education, to own my own home, to invest in shares, to run a successful business and create wealth and jobs. I believed a free market economy and individual gain were good things and my vote has been blue for over 30 years.

This ended on 7 May 2015. For the first time I turned by back in utter frustration and disgust on the Conservative party. To be fair, my political shift has been bubbling for the past ten years as I have become more and more disillusioned with the political elite, the establishment and the blatant corruption fuelled by the revolving door mentality of the minority group at the top of society in the media, big business and politics. It has left me cold. The more I know, the more I feel let down or wonder how deluded I was in the first place! On reflection, the reason for my political U-turn is multi-faceted….

1. I am more informed today. I am more politically astute. I get my facts from intellectual thinkers, analysis, real statistics and history not the Daily Mail!

2. I have had good and bad times and know the playing field on aspirations is not level and never will be without political change.

3. My legacy project Girls Out Loud places me in the heart of disaffected and deprived communities all the time and my eyes and heart have been opened to the challenges of an unequal society.

4. As I get older I have less and less patience with injustice, corruption, dishonesty and manipulation. Now I am not saying this is restricted to the Conservative party, but if there was a chart for this they would be a non mover at number one!

5. It is clear the conservative values I subscribed to originally of individualism, entrepreneurship, free market economy and personal responsibility have changed to greed and elitism with a constant deflection for all the economic failures to the bottom when it was flaws in the financial sector at the very top that led to the global crash in 2008.

6. I am struggling to subscribe to a have and have not driven society. Under Conservatives the rich just get richer, pay less or no tax, have access to more privilege and continue to do this right under our nose with our permission and no conscience!

I simply do not recognise the Conservative party anymore. I cannot see myself reflected in their policies and far from being welcomed I feel alienated by them. Cameron always makes me feel small and as though all the problems in society are my fault for over spending on my credit card when intellectually I know this is NOT the case. I am well and truly uninspired!

And I know I am not alone in my position. Cameron and his cabinet, plus his team of advisors and big business elite are totally disconnected from over 90% of the UK population. But they are clever salesmen (yes in the main men). They have convinced the electorate once again that they know best, they have convinced the working class that they are the party of hope, economic success and opportunity and that all the problems are to do with those at the bottom of our society and the affects of mass immigration.

I am pretty sure over the next 5 years now Cameron has a majority we will see more of our NHS sold off to the highest bidder then stripped of resources in the race to make profits from a public service and the NHS will not be the only public service to suffer. We will see our education system fall further behind as schools are denied essential funding to teach more than a standard curriculum that is failing many of our kids; We will see the rich get richer and the most vulnerable in our society continue to be vilified and marginalised. We will keep buying into the messages that we are broke and it is our fault and that we must turn the screw on benefit cheats and immigrants and the working people in the middle will get more and more exhorted as they become the only sector of the working population paying taxes.

I understand change is a risk and I am not undermining anyone who voted conservative if they did this in an informed way. We live in a democracy and I have to accept we do not all believe the same stuff or want the same things. I only hope that when they placed the cross in the tory box they did it with passion and clarity on what it means for the UK.

Now my turn to stand back and prepare for a political sandstorm……..

10 comments:

  1. Vanessa

    Jane, I read your blog and couldn’t believe what I was reading. It could have been me writing it. from your younger life to how you now feel and even changing from blue to green. I, obviously. absolutely agree with every word you’ve written. I’m really concerned about the next five years and the damage it will do to those that are vulnerable and in need. Keep writing your very honest blogs, I really enjoy reading them

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    1. Jane Kenyon

      HEY THANSK VANESSA – GOOD TO KNOW I AM NOT ALONE!

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  2. jackie

    I’d DESCRIBE MYSELF AS A ‘FLOATING NEGATIVE VOTER’ OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS. THIS TIME, i FELT THAT, ALMOST EVERY WAY I LOOKED, ALL I COULD SEE WAS THE ELITISM AND CORRUPTION YOU’VE DESCRIBED. SO I TOO CHOSE TO VOTE GREEN THIS TIME – BUT NOT AS A NEGATIVE VOTE, THIS TIME I FELT THAT I WAS ACTUALLY VOTING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING THAT HAD THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. SADLY, MANY STILL SEE THIS APPROACH AS A WASTED VOTE – i SUPPOSE YOU CAN’T BLAME THEM UNDER OUR CURRENT VOTING SYSTEM – BUT IT FELT LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR ME. I FEAR FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS, BUT I’M ALSO SENSING A SHIFT IN PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS FOLLOWING THE SHOCK OF THE RESULT LAST WEEK. I THINK WE’LL SEE A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD COME FROM THIS OVER TIME – ALTHOUGH OBVIOUSLY NOT FROM THE CABINET…

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    1. Jane Kenyon

      Jackie – I have been told many times I wasted my vote but I voted with my heart and my conscience and I agree with you it is time for a change if not a revolution!

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  3. Rosemary Hill

    Thank you For writing this. I have always been a Labour voter coming from a Poor working class background. Education was my way our of poverty. I am now successful and well off. i have never forgotten though that it was a good state education that gave me my chance. I want a more equal society.

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    1. Jane Kenyon

      Rosemary, thank you for your comment and well done on your success. Education is fundamental, I absolutely agree.

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  4. Susan Popoola

    I don’t come from the same starting point as you being politically agnostic and I didn’t come to same conclusions as you. This does not, however, mean that I don’t agree with the vast majority of what you say Jane – most especially need to be politically astute.

    Aside from having faced ups and downs in life, I have almost always been a proponent for the greater good and so my political thinking and decisions always reflect this.

    I must say, I like the phrase “wealthy working class family” We don’t normally put wealth and work class together, but I actually find it quite unifying.

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    1. Jane Kenyon

      thanks Susan for your comment and yes my wealthy working class roots have been a challenge!!!

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  5. Nicola hall

    Interesting (my blog is only letting me type in capitals, so if this how my response presents, please dont believe i am angry and pounding out the keyboard! Just an observational comment). We held the knutsford hustinGs at school this year, open event for the public, questions pre-submitted to knutsford guardian. The green party presented themselves as aggressive, obnoxious and frankly obtuse. As a direct result of this event a whole range of folk who may have considered shariNg Votes To parties other than the expected two were simply put off by the behavioUr of the candidate and associated entourage. So much so some were compelled to write and complain to natalie bennett. Whilst i remain apolitical in my Professional position , the situation was somewhat astounding.

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    1. Jane Kenyon

      oooo interesting Nicola, sorry I missed this event

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