Do our votes represent us as individuals? During the Brexit referendum the mainstream media frequently remarked or implied that those who voted for Brexit were racists. There are many reasons for a person to back Brexit. The fishing industry, to reject unelected bureaucracy, to reduce red tape regulations, to prevent immigration. People will seethe at the latter reason, calling people who reject immigration racists or xenophobes. As a member of the working poor this is a very unfair assumption to make. People who are working poor also want the opportunity to have a family and a future, and to have these opportunities these people need jobs and opportunities. If those jobs are going to immigrants undermining the legal wage, then the people voting against immigration have good reason to vote that way.
I strongly oppose war. It kills thousands if not millions of innocent civilians and displaces even more civilians. It is inevitable these refugees will have to leave their countries and the cultures they adore and be placed in a society and culture which they find hostile to their own belief system. I find most wars created by the West are illegal and poorly reasoned and I do not wish to be part of any stage of the war process. That means I refuse to allow for my vote to help enable war. I feel very strongly about this. I respect other cultures in their own society or if they come here without the expectation or need to change our society. But most preferable to me is that we do not create war within these cultures and societies, but instead we let them live their lives peacefully.
Being aware that the two main parties always go to war. To avoid my vote going towards war (war will inevitably be used by the left as reason to invite mass migration as they have done with opposing cultural society) I feel that now in this political climate, the only way to ensure my vote doesn’t go to war is to vote a fringe party. My vote had always gone to small left political parties such as the Green party, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrats. In recent years there have been more coalitions between the main two parties and smaller fringe party's, therefore increasing the risk of my vote supporting war. I’m now left with one option to oppose war, which is to vote for a far-right fringe party. That’s right a ‘racist’ party. Why? Well these far-right parties have been tainted with the racist brush now. This means that they are undesirable to provide a coalition to the two major parties, which inevitably means my vote doesn’t support war or the devastating world wide effects of war.
There are two ‘far right’ party’s now. UKIP which I would likely support and For Britain, which I likely won’t support if I know UKIP is still tainted. Obviously, my voting has not been loyalty based and has not been based on any real political views other than opposing war. It seems to me that to vote against war, i.e. vote to protect people of different ethnicities in their own countries from our outrageous governments, bankers and greedy corporations who all profit from war, I in turn get called a racist. I received some fantastic advice as a new voter when I turned eighteen; "Hold no political loyalty. You will become a crazed fanatic if you do and by holding no loyalty you get the political parties to work for your vote- as they are meant to, and not just taking your vote for granted." I loved this advice and stuck to it, only reading the manifestos of the smaller left party’s. It is clear to anyone that I want to protect people and I have no problem with race, but it is incredible how people can skew and taint the votes of people who want to do the right thing.
So, I leave it with you. Does your vote or what others perceive your vote to represent, portray the person you are? Do you believe it does for everyone?