It was when approaching the station that the leaflet was held out to my face. On the front clearly read “Yes to AV” and connected to that valuable piece of paper was our local Lib Dem. No doubt a pleasant man but when I responded that I was already going to vote ‘Yes’ he provided me with a soft thank you and turned to greet others. Before lighting a cigarette I was lost in a sense of bazzled regret. Usually I vote Conservative but wouldn’t like to technically aline myself to a particular political party.
My game is one of ideas. Some men have bad ideas and I would not vote for them. Yes, David Cameron has ideas. I’ve seen enough PM Question times to know that he is currently our safest bet. Yet this Lib Dem thanked me for voting ‘Yes’? I think he misunderstood, whilst I voted yes I was not doing it for his sake but my own idea’s sake. Whilst I have shown Lib Dem support before, he has not won mine and especially through the AV vote.
It could be said that this Conservative, writing this article, has made a mistake. That I should have voted ‘No’ to assist supporting the typical parties making it back in through the endless cycle of so-called tactical voting with our current FPTP system. ‘No’ is wrong. Why? It is not fair. If a Conservative government is to get back in then the vote for them to do so should be fair and FPTP does not work with the amount of political parties we see these days.
Once I stepped off the train at Victoria I was at first surprised of the amount of leaflets being handed out this time with the word ‘No’ on it. I work within the business capital; most (I guess) would give Conservatives their vote. We know for a fact that David Cameron voted ‘No’, it only makes sense that his supporters’ lurk the streets of London Victoria.
Once during an assembly when I was in Year 10 at Secondary School our headmaster did a talk about self-control. It was aptly titled “No is the Hardest Word to Say”. The context was one of being offered drugs or pleasant sex but instead of saying “Yes”, to instead say “No”. It was the perfect talk for a Catholic Boys School although, to be honest, an all boy’s school gets promiscuous most of the time. Without much female contact the average teenager is likely to go to great lengths to find a high. A friend of mine even succumbed to smoking tea (I tried it but it didn’t do anything for me).
The moral of this story is the hardest word to say is Yes. If more people said yes then more charities would be helped, more money donated, a change to our political system would occur and I very much doubt drug or sex abuse would rise that much.
Yesterday I voted ‘Yes’ for a much needed change to our political system, to make our votes fairer. Yes is the hardest word to say.