Not Boris Johnson. Not Jeremy Corbyn. Not Jo Swinson.


First published in November 2019.


Thereโ€™s a lot to consider in this general election, not least the potential for reaching a decision on this first phase of Brexit, but thatโ€™s not the most important thing.

The vacating of the centre party by both Labour and Conservatives means that the two parties likely to be in the mix for any government have ever more distinct differences, but thatโ€™s not the most important thing.

The potential implications of a Johnson government with a majority, a Corbyn government, or some formal or informal coalition of parties are all very profound, but thatโ€™s not the most important thing.

No.

The most important thing is that you take part, by voting.

Itโ€™s trite to say politics matters, but it really does, and the next government is going to matter even more than most, because of the choices itโ€™s going to have to make.

So have your say about it.

If youโ€™re registered to vote, then make sure you do vote. Tell people that youโ€™re going to vote: itโ€™ll make you more likely to actually go and vote, plus itโ€™ll make them more likely to vote too.

If youโ€™re not registered to vote, then get registered. Then go and tell people about how easy that was, and about that youโ€™re going to be using your newly-acquired power on 12 December.

Simple as that.*๐Ÿ”ท


* โ€“ sort of. But itโ€™s still your best way to get your voice heard.



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[This piece was originally published on the blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey and re-published in PMP Magazine on 7 November 2019, with the authorโ€™s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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