We live in a polarised Britain. On one side, we have Theresa May who wants to get rid of human rights, regulate the Internet, tackle immigration and slash welfare. On the opposite end, you have Jeremy Corbyn, whose main objectives are to nationalise more institutions, increase taxes, make higher education free and expand the state. Are either party able to solve Britain’s deep-rooted divisions?
In the mainstream media, there will be little mention of Britain’s centrist party, the Liberal Democrats. While the Murdoch press dismisses the credentials of Corbyn and his allies, the Guardian and Independent will point out that Theresa May is a bit naughtier than running through fields of wheat with her school chums. Where are the headlines complimenting the Lib Dems’ reasonably thought out manifesto?
There was The Economist who backed the Lib Dems after the disastrous state the two main parties had gotten themselves into. Then there was the Institute for Fiscal Studies who say the Lib Dems’ manifesto would leave the poorest in society better off and does not attack the richest like Labour does.
There is also the costed 1 p on £1 increase to income tax that will tackle the poor standards facing social care and mental health.
On top of all this, the Lib Dem manifesto is said to be progressive, the greenest, and offers real reform to the broken political system. Despite this, the spell of optimism to replace Labour as the real opposition has been swept aside by the tides of Corbyn’s popularity.
A growing trend in world politics shows that the battleground suits the battle of socialism versus nationalism. With the advancement of globalisation, many people are feeling they are being left behind in a fast-moving world. The masses of the 21st century are used to instant gratification. They want quick solutions to complex problems that are easy enough to digest.
We saw it in the United States where Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders caught the attention of American voters over established politicians of the Republican and Democratic parties. Those who want to stand up for the ordinary man against the “evil” elite. In the end it was Trump who was victorious over Clinton, seen as the establishment’s candidate.
Tomorrow, it will be the populist Corbyn, who has overcome a huge poll deficit, to take on the establishment’s May.
The choice seems to be between May or Corbyn but there is an alternative.
The Lib Dems have positioned themselves as the pro-EU party so will be relying on the 48% to give them the mandate to pursue a softer Brexit of keeping Single Market access and keep the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) treaty.
Yet with all the noise it will be difficult for the Liberal Democrats to break through to the voters.
That is why it is up to you. If you care about human rights, the NHS and mental health, schools, the housing crisis, the environment, ending the war on drugs, civil liberties, animal welfare and proper investment in policing, you can’t go wrong with voting for the Liberal Democrats.
Do not be fooled by the uncosted manifestos of Labour and the Conservatives promising grandeur.
Vote for the Liberal Democrats. The rational choice for Britain.