Choices – which colour shall I elect for?
The general election has been called, will we use or votes wisely I wonder? [Spotify playlist here] When I started voting we ended up with our first female Prime Minister. I remember thinking how good it would be to have a female in charge after many years of dispute with the Unions and Northern Ireland and race issues bubbling in Bristol and other UK towns. Since then I have been involved in politics local or national, been in ‘purdah’ where expressing no political views are allowed as part of being a ‘public servant’, been less interested in the result because I was too busy raising children, working etc to take time to think, been distinctly tipsy on the election night of 1992, staying up late with friends whilst on holiday and not sure if the feeling the next day was a hangover or what.
I am older now, idealism and that sense of knowing what is right has changed somewhat by recognising how much grey there is in the world (I was warned this would happen). However, two things I am sure of; there is no such thing as a wasted vote and where the cross ends up is between me and the ballot box.
In the meantime I have been thinking a lot about choices and will write more on the topic in the next few days. But I leave this thought; in Tamil Christian areas it is not unusual for people to be named after famous historical characters hence this election result. Many thanks to Thejaswi Udupa http://twitter.com/udupendra for the photo (click it to expand).