16th April 2010 at 01:00

Struggling to relate to general election

Posted by leesey

I'm stumped. I feel no affiliation with any of the parties, no strong desire to see any of their policies actualised. No real feeling that any of them will make a difference. I know I'm not the only one to feel this way, but I feel even more so that Scotland isn't going to get much benefit from any of it. Our own government has b******* things up for us, teachers especially, and that's the result of the last time I trusted a political party to fix things. I feel even less desire to trust any nationwide party, as nothing they say seems to affect us here. And I'm one of the few people I know who is actually quite interested in politics.

Posted by RailroadGin

I've found it extremely hard to relate to elections for a number of years now and don't bother voting. What a party says it will do beforehand mysteriously doesn't become what it does do afterwards - a trend that led to my disillusionment a long time ago, I'm afraid.

Posted by Dominie

People died to get the vote for the likes of me. I always vote. I can't see any reason for anyone but a sado-masochist teacher to vote Tory. In my opinion, they are still the anti-public sector party. The cuts they initiate won't hurt their kids in their private schools but will signal a return to the old days of support for private education at the expense of schools like my own. I suspect the return of a Tory UK government will provoke months of quarrelling between the Scottish and UK governments and will encourage the Nats up here to go into the next Scottish election looking for a mandate for independence.

Posted by mathsguy

The run-up to the election has changed dramatically from the "this is what we can do for the country" type speeches to the "don't vote for that lot because" version. It's a move from an intellectual type of electioneering to a Jeremy Kyle type. It makes me sad to be British when I read the headlines some days. Trust needs to be restored in politics and it's good to see that there is a "democracy" element to the electioneering. The Tories have a petition pledge and Labour has the referendum pledge, which is at least an attempt to acknowledge that politics has moved so far away from being a voice which reflects public opinion. But, they are merely pledges, and with politics what it is today, I can't believe either of them will carry out their pledges.

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