The biggest reason people give for not voting for me is that I won’t win, even worse people who vote for me may let the nightmare candidate in. People fear if they vote for me then it might let in Corbyn or Boris. It’s not about getting what you want but not getting what you don’t want. I fully appreciate why people think that, but I want to challenge it.
Imagine it is Friday 13th. If people vote tactically on this basis most likely Labour have won Coventry South, and most Labour people will give cheer with a sense of regret.
Nationally, by the same token, looking at the current election predictions, the Conservatives will have a majority in Westminster. According to the latest YouGov Poll the Conservatives will have a 68 seat majority. The Conservatives will have a comfortable majority to pass any legislation they want to. Obviously opinion polls can be wrong and have a wide margin of error, but it looks like the Conservatives will win.
Coventry South return a Labour politician who will sit in opposition and fight the government. Labour will pronounce from the left but will have no power to stop anything. Zarah Sultana posted on 25th November regarding the UCU Strike at Warwick University, “This fight for decent pay, pensions & conditions and this election are one struggle for the entire future of higher education.”
Her language is still fight and struggle. So if Labour go into parliament with potentially 211 seats with the language of fight and struggle, the Conservatives have a majority. Some people may enjoy the fight and the struggle but it is a fight that they will inevitably lose. And that means we lose.
Obviously, unless you are a true Boris beleaver, Coventry South backing the Tories and giving even more power to a government that has as little respect for the British constitution and honest politics is worrying. Boris, like Trump, may do lasting damage to his own party, and the standing of his country in the world.
The Tories pride themselves as the party of business, though many businesses seem quite uncomfortable with this view. Would any business be sensible to employ someone who has been sacked more than once for lying? Trust matters, so why employ him as your Prime Minister?
I admit me winning this constituency will be an uphill struggle, and to do so I need a lot of your help. So you wake up on Friday 13th and I’m your new MP – you could make that possible.
I would be in parliament engaging and building a consensus for better Britain. Presenting sensible policies that I believe would make Coventry proud of its son. Yes, fighting injustice because it needs to be fought, but doing so by engaging with the human being and building a consensus. Not antagonising and belittling, this is too important for that, but working to win over the soft-Tories to oppose the most extreme measures. Labelling every Tory or every Labour, depending on your perspective, is self-defeating.
Building a new consensus that reminds the current political parties that they don’t own the future – you do. I’m not just asking you to vote for me, I’m asking you to ask other people to. Collectively the power quite literally is in your hands.