So today, June 8th 2017, was the first time I was able to vote in a General Election. I voted for the Green party, and want to share why.
The Green Party has big, bold ideas to create a confident and caring Britain that we can all be proud of. We aren’t afraid to hope for a better future or to be honest about how we get there. We believe in being brave, in speaking our minds, and in standing up for what matters. We are proud to do politics differently.
Imagine a government that trusts in our common humanity and our capacity to govern ourselves. Imagine a government that believes that the best way forward is by working with each other, rather than against each other. Imagine a government that prioritises the rights of citizens and the environment over those of corporations. Imagine a government that gives everyone a chance and leaves nobody behind in a confident and caring Britain. That’s the kind of government we would work for.
When I read this, I knew that these were the sort of people I wanted to run our country. They believe in kindness and compassion, and in listening to everyone (not just the rich or the workers). They believe in equality and letting the people have a say in the terms of BREXIT, a move that will have a significant impact on the lives of everyone, especially young people, in the UK.
Instead of making unrealistic or misleading promises to young people like writing off current debts from university fees (where the cost would be made up through taxes anyway), or taking backwards steps like lifting the ban on fox hunting, the Green Party want to offer more viable options to university such as apprenticeships, adult learning courses and further education, and will prioritise the environment and our planet in all the decisions they make. This is a party with a sustainable view for our country.
The Green Party are also opposed to the privatisation of the National Health Service, instead focusing on basic accessible health care for everyone. They emphasise the importance of funding mental health and social care services, where early interventions can save the NHS millions further down the line. The Greens also want to bring transport and other vital services such as water, energy and the postal services back into public ownership, meaning that everyone is given a fair deal.
Young people are also given a good deal with the Green Party, with plans to remove age-related pay bands, maintain ties with the EU through the Erasmus scheme, and lower the voting age to 16 whilst improving political education. A key point for me is that the Greens are one of the only political parties to include scrapping the ‘tampon tax’ in their manifesto, and also want to improve young peoples access to vital services such as sexual health clinics and provide free condoms and sanitary products to those in need.
To me, this party is a reliable choice to take our country forward. Although many people have told me that I have ‘wasted’ my vote on the Green Party, I am confident that showing my faith in this party will keep them growing and gradually gaining the power that they deserve.
This, and many other reasons (four day working week, anyone?) are why I am proud to be Green, and why the Greens got my vote today, and will have it again in the future.