Dear Labour Party, I’ve been voting for you for over 30 years now. Sometimes with hope, sometimes with enthusiasm, sometimes with passion and fury, sometimes with the apathy of knowing it’s a waste of my time. But I’ve always voted, and I’ve always voted for you.
I’ve voted for you because I believe, fundamentally, in basic human rights.
I believe that everyone has the right to be safe
I believe that everyone has the right to have a roof over their heads
I believe in a free country
I believe in the right to protest
I believe in the right to be able to work and feed our families.
I believe in solidarity with my fellow woman/man.
I believe in unions and the rights of workers.
I believe in equality of opportunity and fairness.
I believe in a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay
I believe in the right to a free, good education
I believe in the welfare state
I believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, have the right to free health care
I believe that people with disabilities have the right to be cared for, supported and not punished
I believe that older people deserve to live their end of life with dignity and care
I believe in supporting people from the cradle to the grave
If you believe in all of these things I believe in, then please – for the sake of the country – say so.
Be clear about your intentions.
Understand your constituents, and promise them a better future.
Give us a clear, well thought out plan that is articulate, and that tells us how you will achieve it.
Give us something we can get behind, something to unite behind.
Give us a country to be proud of; one that does not bomb innocent civilians, that does not turn away the needy and desperate, one that welcomes in people of different nationalities and celebrates that difference.
Give us something – anything – to work with, to fight for. Because right now, there is no hope at all that the Labour Party will win this election, and I don’t think this country can survive another Tory term.