tory wolf

I have been thinking about blogging on the electoral process for years, but never managed to get my thoughts together on it!  It amazes me how little people know about politics and voting, someone i know, who is a teacher, was clueless about the whole process and suggested that they may write a message to the candidates on their ballot paper! Just so everyone is clear, the only thing candidates care about or see is that you have made a “mark”!  If you are gonna make a mistake by voting for too many candidates or scribble insults on the ballot paper, your paper will be only recorded as “spoilt”, the counters may laugh but the new MP doesnt know or care!

Since I was 16, I have been a keen voter for the Liberal Democrats, at the time I thought “they haven’t been in power recently, the Tories and Labour are making a hash of governing, so why not give them a chance!”  I was delighted (to a point) that they did so well in the 2010 election, and that Nick Clegg had a well deserved “taste of power”, I would still prefer to see his face as PM than Cameron or Miliband.  Unfortunately for him and the party, being part of the coalition meant that although they tempered the Tories desire to attack the poor, the Liberal Democrats got all the blame for the cuts and savings which were made, they didnt have enough impact, so this election they were massacred politically! Even locally the councillor ratio is now 10:1 Tory to Lib Dem!

My wife and I have become involved with one of the growing number of food banks in the UK, it is almost impossible to argue that welfare cuts have sent people in that direction, added to the “buy now pay later” society we have become, debt, poor wages (despite both parties saying that they would ban zero-hour contracts) and living costs on the increase, its not surprising we are in this mess!

I freely admit that I am not an expert in politics, but i have been involved with the electoral process for over a decade! As a couple, we have realised that we cannot sit back and not get involved any more. I am no longer going to be a “cheerleader from the benches”. We are going to get involved!

There is a poem which a lot of people would want to compare to the new government

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

That was written by Pastor Martin Niemöller, about the cowardice of Germans under Hitler maybe more contemporary way would be

They came for the poor, and i did not speak out because i was not poor

They came for the disabled, and I did not speak out because i was not disabled

They came for the single parent, and I did not speak out because i was not a single parent.

They came for the students, and I did not speak out because i was not a student.

They came for the unemployed, and I did not speak out because i was not unemployed.

They came for my pension, and I did not speak up because I am not a pensioner

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

I overheard this week someone saying “its fine for the richer to become rich because then i can pay the poor to do odd jobs for me“! Seriously?! The Conservatives are the party of the rich, without doubt, but unfortunately no other party was a credible threat! Bizarrely if you have been on facebook in the last week, the Tories seem to be considered “the big bad wolf” but almost the whole of the East of England voted them in!

Which is why instead of moaning about the state of the nation, signing petitions, criticising “selfish tory voters”, I am gonna get involved, try to help those who didnt vote, or didnt know who to vote for, discover why and what they should be voting for! The “Big Society” was a ideology that they tried to encourage in the coalition, but people are as selfish as ever!  I may not agree with your politics or ideology but surely the Godly Christ-like way to live, is loving your neighbour and looking out for those in need, remember Jesus spoke more about widows than sin! So stop criticising  others and get off your butt and look for those in need in your area!!

We should not think we are like the Israelites in Egypt but more like Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednigo, become a Christian in politics and fight for what matters to you and your family!  Jesus respected those in authority but he was answerable only to God, so go and do likewise.