Straight Talking with Ian Mean

No Lectures from Us-Just cast your Vote

Posted in Uncategorized by ianmean on May 5, 2010

Most of today’s national newspaper front pages seek to convince you how to cast your vote in tomorrow’s General Election.

“Vote Decisively to stop Britain walking into disaster”, says the Daily Mail in a special page 1 comment. No prizes for where they tell you to cast your vote—for the Conservatives, of course.

Then there’s the Daily Mirror, that traditional bastion of the Labour party with a headline attacking the Tories and David Cameron under a headline: “Eton Rifles”. In their Tory sights for cuts according to the Mirror are 40 000 public sector jobs, child tax benefits, 2 400 police officers and 14 200 teachers.

And then, there’s the Sun, the convert to the Tories with a Simon Cowell exclusive on the poll under the headline: “Britain’s Got to Change”.

Mr Cowell says: “I have always hated celebrities lecturing people on politics. So forgive me. But I am passionate about this country. I am equally

passionate about the potential of the people who live here”.

I agree with Mr Cowell on one thing—we should not lecture people on politics. That is why the Citizen will not seek to sway our readers one way or another on how they should vote tomorrow—I will leave to my colleagues on the national press.

I would like to think that people in Gloucestershire who read The Citizen will decide on who to vote for to be their local MP based on the current’s incumbent’s record and the local issues on which the candidates have been campaigning .But I am realistic and realise that in a General Election, personality does tend to take over and in this election the tv debates will undoubtedly influence a large number of voters in the county.

While not seeking to influence how you vote tomorrow, I would simply ask you to do one thing: Go out and vote.

This is the most important election in recent times. The credibility of our political system and the reputation of a large number of our MPs is in tatters through the expenses scandal.

We must forget that and face the reality that this country has to face the facts of tough economic cuts if we are to pull ourselves out of our monumental black hole of debt.

But we will not achieve that if here in Gloucestershire if you waste your vote tomorrow. You owe it to yourselves and the country to cast your vote.

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  1. Shaun Shute said, on May 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I agree with Ian Mean. You must vote. People in other parts of the world risk life and limb to vote and wait for hours to exercise their right. These are tough economic times and we are facing a global meltdown. We are better placed than most countries to fight back.
    Now is the time to have a say. Dont moan in six months time than interest rates are sky high, unemployment is high, and the tories are in power.

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