I am not a highly political animal by nature; I tend to value an ethos of effort, hard work and reward; a belief in kindness, consideration and in having a sense of responsibility to those less fortunate than myself and for this reason I am usually swayed by personality rather than party, by character and stature rather than Conservative or Socialist. I began this election campaign by feeling that Theresa May was the one to vote for, the person to take us through the difficult Brexit months ahead but it soon became clear that the woman I had imagined to be clear thinking, compassionate and lucid had been reduced to an empty vessel spouting platitudes and slogans. She was reluctant to answer questions clearly, scared to enter in to televised debates and each day saw an increased automaton like performance which switched off me and many others in the UK.
I was left wondering where to place my cross as I didn’t totally agree with Jeremy Corbyn’s vision of life after June 8th. Much of his thinking was positive, his wish to attend to our failing NHS, our education system, our emergency services was commendable but there was always a lingering doubt in my mind as to the specifics of how all these measures would be funded.
As it happens where I put that cross is now not so important. We have a hung parliament, a coalition of sorts and we wonder how long Mrs May will remain in Number 10. Personally I feel very happy with the result; with no majority our Prime Minister will have to consult with and listen to others and maybe finally we will get to hear words such as moderation, agreement, co-operation and compromise being bandied around in Westminster. The divide between rich and poor must be halted and where possible reversed, those who are successful and earn high salaries must pay their fare share of taxes, as must the large corporations. In all of this I back Jeremy Corbyn. However it is also important not to wipe out all aspects of conservative values : rewarding those who strive to succeed, helping students by providing grammar school educations ( I was a pupil at such a school and would never have achieved as much as I have without that excellent grounding), encouraging people in to jobs and restoring a sense of self respect.
As in most arguments, there is good and bad spoken on both sides and what is needed now is for both parties to begin to listen to what each other has to say rather than to talk over their opponent. When working with young children I often used the ‘talking stone’ ( who ever held the stone, had the floor and no one else was allowed to speak until they had finished when the stone was passed to another child) and this solved many an argument or division of opinion and more importantly allowed even the quietest child their turn to be heard. Perhaps someone should take the PM a stone?