I think for me this has been the most emotive election I have been able to vote in, people who have never engaged in politics before have been vocal on social media platforms, and more young people have taken up the call to register to vote.
According to one source
More than 714,000 young people have registered to vote since the snap election was called. This was following a series of social media campaigns urging Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat users to sign up.
Our under 25s have sent off nearly 16,000 more applications than any other age group since the Prime Minister announced the snap election on 18 April.
They made up more than a third of the 150,000 potential voters who registered that day – a spike of around 140,000 in 24 hours.
I think this is amazing, our young people are our future and we need them more than ever engaged in grass root politics and standing up for what they believe in. Instead of adopting a ‘what is the point attitude.’ The young people I know and I have seen on social media have really got involved and have voiced opinions and most of all believe they can make a difference.
We are not all going to be happy with the result of this snap election, I have seen some extremely heated debates, mostly on Facebook, and I know I am going to be gutted if the party I vote for does not win. However one person said to me today, who actually is of the same voting persuasion as myself, he said
‘At the end of the day it won’t change anything, It is us (as in we the people) who make the world work’ and you know what he is 100% right.
So I challenge you – Be your own party, have your own manifesto, be determined no matter what the outcome tonight/tomorrow morning that you will make a difference where you are and with what you have.
My manifesto would be one based on Love, Forgiveness, Justice, equality and Humility
My party pledges would be
1. I will promise to look out for those in need, to bring comfort where there is pain, to bring joy where there is sadness, to bring love where there is hate and to bring peace where there is conflict. (sure there is a song in there somewhere)
2. I will bring up my children to be law abiding citizens and to be compassionate
3. I will instil in my children the value of work and of contributing to society in the individual and unique ways that they can
4. I will use my talents and my gifts
5. I will respect the rights of my neighbours
6. I will spend my money wisely and support the local economy wherever possible
7. I will speak up for those who have no voice and stand with the marginalised and the oppressed and you know what this won’t always be done in a quiet and calm manner, sometimes we have to shout, we have to get angry and we have to get into that metaphoric temple and turn over those tables! Injustice makes me angry, sometimes standing up for what matters is hard work and actually you may not always be popular for it.
8. I will go forward in love and not look back in hate
9. I will speak a language of truth and love and not one of lies and hate
10. I will care for my loved ones young and old with dignity and compassion and I will fight for the rights when they can no longer
11. I will support my children to make wise choices
12.I will respect our public services and I will not waste resources but use them wisely
13. I will be charitable with my time and my money
14. I will not expect anything handed on a plate but will work for the best possible outcomes for myself my family and my community
15. I will be a critical voice where needed and on issues that matter to me and my community
Who is it that said ‘Be the change you want to see in the world?’
actually that is a misquote as I have just found out from google
This is the closest verifiable quote
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
We can all make a difference to someone and we can all make a difference within our communities.
To some this may seem emotional bullshit but to others it will hit the spot. Depending on who is in power tomorrow morning when I wake up ( I will fall asleep during the election coverage) I may have to work hard at my pledges and I will have to become better equipped to stand with those who are marginalised and to ensure a fair and equal society BUT whoever is in power I know that we can all still make a difference.
and so before I go to cast my vote let me leave with you with this fabulous song!
I am starting with me….