As I write this, it has been 6 days since the General Election of 2015, and people are still agitated by its outcome.
The hype surrounding the arrival of the royal baby girl died down quicker than this, and I think political fatigue has well and truly taken over me now.
There are articles being batted around about how David Cameron and the Conservatives are going to ruin our country and there are people on my Facebook news feed, sharing them, commenting on them, and generally being idiotic about the election result; throwing their toys out of the pram, insulting tory voters and spewing crap about how they need to do things to make up for voting tory.
It’s infantile, against free-speech, and unaccepting of the democracy we live in.
They just need to get over it. Just because there is now a wholly conservative government, it doesn’t mean that our country is going to go down in flames completely. These people need to realise that being active in political issues isn’t just about preaching, and spewing your angry opinions every time an election rolls round. If you really wanted to make change you would be doing it whenever you could, and under any government regime.
On the gov.uk website there are open consultations on various different topics, which are essentially discussions that you can respond to, with the government department taking into account all responses before making decisions. There are documents to read on each proposal being made, and various ways that you can make your opinions known.
There is also a HM Government e-petitions website, where anyone at all can start a petition that would instigate change. I’ve seen some individuals sharing on social media petitions they think should be signed but these are through a website called Sum Of Us, but as this is a global campaign organisation, I reckon it would be better to go through the government website, at least that way you will know MPs are likely to see it.
Individuals could also attend surgeries hosted by their local MP, where they can talk to their representative face to face about the matters that concern them. In addition to this, there is also good old fashioned pen and paper, and you can write to the Prime Minister himself at number 10 Downing Street.
There are more ways to be politically active and to instigate change rather than just spewing your hatred of one political party, hoping that you will scare the person you are talking to into sharing your opinions and voting the way that you do.
Don’t attack someone for how they have decided to vote. We are after all in a democracy, not a dictatorship. Personally, I am fed up of hearing, and seeing on social media, some people preaching their beliefs and opinions as if they are the only beliefs and opinions to be held. Yes they have the right to these opinions, but everyone else has the right to think differently should they so wish.