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Why I’m voting Labour

It’s hard to know where to start, to put into writing why I will be voting Labour. I could write pages on austerity, inequality, the NHS, Brexit, Northern Ireland and myriad issues, but I would probably only be adding to the huge amount of noise already around you. You can already read volumes on all the issues if you want to. For the purpose of this post, I’d rather just explain how I personally vote, and to take a look at the ‘big picture’.

My starting point when it comes to voting is pretty well summed up by this quote from Hubert Humphrey, who served as Vice President under Lyndon B. Johnson.

‘The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped’

In other words, which party will most improve the lives of the worst off and most vulnerable people in our society.

When there are people living in terrible situations, surely the priority has to be with alleviating that suffering and until we’ve addressed that, policies aimed at making already comfortable lives a little more pleasurable really shouldn’t come into our decision making.

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