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WHY VOTE?

Updated: Oct 19

WHY VOTE AND HOW TO CHOOSE?

I can't remember ever having been taught about voting at school? I was brought up to not trust anyone so the politicians have always been a bit scary and totally untrustworthy to me. I was encouraged to go for a position on the International Skating Union, who clobbered me this February - bless them. But I hated the politics back then...


NO POLITICIAN COULD BE TRUSTED

This was until I read Ken Clarke's book A Kind of Blue. It was an epiphany to learn that some politicians actually wanted the most good for the country, rather than simply for themselves. They were determined to serve and entrenched interests derided them in the media with falsehoods and lies to try to stop them. However, as things started to work better, the public stopped moaning as things improved in terms of economic and practical performance. Not everything worked swimmingly for that Thatcherite legacy but some great improvements were made. It gave Gordon Brown and Tony Blair lots of money to spend, which they duly did.


I do wish KC's abilities could be unleashed on the American Health Service and to the Dental Provision and Education systems of both the US and Canada. My, if he had the power he could change those systems. But it seems no one will.


I read Jeffrey Archer's Heads You Win after Ken's book. His depiction of the hero as male and the enemy as female came to mind this week.


BRITISH PM U-TURNS

Of course when a Prime Minister's aid says she is doing one thing in the morning and then the opposite is done in the afternoon you do start to wonder what you can count on? Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No - the Bible sets a principle. Seems the British Conservative Party is looking to tear itself apart as a result of this not quite being what is happening.


VOTE AS A CITIZEN OF CANADA

I'm a Citizen of Canada as of a couple of weeks ago. I can vote. And the Council and Mayoral elections for Kelowna are tomorrow. Thirty two candidates for eight Councillor places and five for the Mayor's seat.


How do you choose? Well..


WHAT DO I WANT TO SEE?


What's happening for me in this process is that I am having to decide where I stand on issues. Give it time. I think, like Ken Clarke I believe in people working to support themselves and business being empowered with a Social Care provision for all. (I think I need to do the work here). And then - do you dare share what you stand for in today's online attack zone!?



I NEED TO SPEND TIME DO RESEARCH, CARE...


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