One of the more unpleasant and annoying aspects of getting older is that whether you like it or not, you start commenting more on politics and politicians. Many moons ago, I could happily exist without having to even be aware of the drudgery that beholds much of Westminster. Now it seems that I am pretty much forced to listen to the opinions of people that have absolutely nothing in common with me what so ever.
The opinion and policy creators that we have to thank for our continued existence as a (mostly) civilized nation are completely out of touch with what we the common person actually know/think/do.
While I’ll happily admit that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. You should at least aim to please all of the people some of the time.
Here lyeth the problem. I’m a statistic that doesn’t fit in any of the normal boxes.
I’m not married, I don’t have children, I’m employed full time, I live with my partner, I’m not overweight, I don’t smoke, I drink in moderation and I eat healthily. While I could go on further – these are all basic tick box facts that place me out of sight of pretty much all government policies.
When election time comes round again, I always find myself thinking that none of the policies apply to me at all. Why is this & how can the people that are essentially in charge of this country be so out of touch?
Granted, in the future more of the main policies may well apply to me…but at this time all of the main targets that include children, schools, school meals, health, employment or alcohol & cigarette duties have no weight with me at all.
The only recent government plan in recent times that has been positive towards me is the continued roll out of what the government & press insist on calling superfast broadband…never do they actually explain what this means in terms of real numbers. As it stands, this has still had zero effect on my life despite fibre is now in my area as I still can’t get connected to it.
Come the election trail, the Westminster masses should get out and seek the real people of this country. Not those ‘up north’, out of work, stacking shelves, business owners or single mothers. But instead, get out of the large cities – find the real person. Those that are capable of thinking and doing, those that make the country really tick. These are the people that you should be targeting for votes…we are many & we are currently ignored.
Just for once, surprise us, think about us and engage. We have brains & can think – there’s no need to preach, just listen and understand.