It is high time I challenge my own liberal views (I studied International Relations as a postgraduate @warwick – since then I have shaped my world views from a realism standpoint). However, in this current climate, I am coming round to the notion that I want my vote in this UK General Elections on June 8th to count.
How does this fit into my main topics such as health, lifestyle, fitness, travel etc; please allow my indulgence.
It first started with the GOP conventions across the pond in America, followed by our French neighbours across the channel and various austerity-induced parties in continental Europe springing up and gaining seats (not to talk of our supposedly Brexit – I was a Remainer). Nobody told us that it will cost us £100 billion to come out of this union! Well, as a Brit we just have to get on with it, don’t we!
Let me quickly cross over to motherland (Nigeria to be precise), I will say to those stakeholders at the seat of power that you must handle this ongoing issue with a lot of gusto. The Vice president role is not a co-ordinator of government, although it is partly, the primary function of this role is to lead in an acting capacity in the absence of the president (I wish PMB well). I will say, let us do the right thing for a change for Nigeria and Africa at large; afterall it is you the so-called elites that will continue to benefit regardless.
This brings me back to blighty (an informal term for Britain), the people are angry because it seems as if governments here and around the globe are against the citizens. Government policies Versus the People
Let me moan please, this government increased taxation on my side hustle in April, cutting off an important source of income to reside in one of the most expensive cities in the world and the opposition party is talking of raising more taxes whilst living in London. C’mon, somebody give me a break.
Taxes are important and essential if we want to enjoy the daily necessities such as good roads, NHS, schools, care for the elderly, infrastructure etc… and we do see evidence of improvements in some areas.
However, the people are still angry because there is no safety net for the working class anymore; some industrial cities have become ghost towns and are now blighted with substance abuse, families structure are now broken, there are many households and entire streets without any form of paid employment, senseless killings of young people by young people perhaps due to absent fathers, lack of proper policing, lack of discipline and respect at home (sorry for being judgemental!). In addition, there are no real consequences for the offenders across the board – a slap on the wrist at the most due to our liberalism emphasis on rehabilitation.
To sum up, I believe governments must make ambitious investments for the future, but must also balance the needs of the people especially those that contribute to the treasury coffers.
If you are in the UK, are you voting? Please refer to the voter’s registration below and if you are reading this blog anywhere else in the world, please hold your governments accountable with your votes.
Thank you for reading.