Do Your Research for the General Election 2017

General Election 2017 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorDo Your Research for the General Election 2017

The General Election takes place on the 8th June 2017. Despite what the polls say, it may not have the outcome that people are expecting. However, if you believe the propaganda issued by the news, you may be persuaded to vote for someone that may not be the best choice for you.

I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. It’s up to you to make that decision. But I will share my experience of trying to choose the best leader for me. Never use just one source to make up your mind, and be wary of what particular sources are trying to tell you. You may find that their ‘facts’ are simply opinions stated as fact.

Never believe the opinion polls

Opinion polls are clever propaganda. Have you ever been asked to participate in one of these polls, no? Me neither. The polls are conducted with a certain outcome in mind. If they want the Conservative Party to look like they’re in the lead, the poll will be conducted in areas of the country that are Tory led. Of course, they’ll ask some people who favour other political parties too, but that’s just a ploy to make the poll look real.

The polls ask only a fraction of the people that go out and vote, so how can they be relied upon to predict the outcome? Because the news channels that broadcast the polls, never say how many people were asked.

Click this link here to be taken to a Wikipedia page that lists all of the opinion poll results for the Local Elections 2017. (I know Wikipedia isn’t 100% accurate, but the majority of the information on this page is correct.) What you can see on this page, are the results of 60+ polls conducted before yesterday’s elections. Notice how the majority of them had a sample size of 1,000 to 2,000 people? How exactly does that represent the millions of people that vote in the elections?

The EU Referendum polls would have had you believing that the vote would be to STAY in the EU, and yet the majority voted LEAVE. The US Presidential Election polls had Hilary Clinton in the lead, and yet Donald Trump won. Never believe the opinion polls.

Never take information from just one source

All news channels have a certain allegiance to one political party. You can tell who they support by the way they report certain news stories. The BBC are blatantly pro-Tory, whereas ITV are more neutral in they way they report certain political stories. If you watch these news channels back to back, you may be surprised how differently they report the same news. If you watch just one news channel, you’ll be conditioned into having the same opinions as them, whether you truly agree with them or not.

Newspapers are exactly the same. You just have to look at the headlines, and you’ll know who these papers support. They uses the stupidest things to sway the voters, such as pictures of certain leadership hopefuls eating a bacon sandwich. I’ll just leave that there…

A quote from Owen Jones, a columnist for the Guardian supports my comments: “[The UK press is] largely run by a very small group of very right-wing media moguls who defend the status quo of which they are part. If you are on the Left and want to change society, the media will always come and get you”. Sourced here

If you want to have the best idea of who to vote for, you need to watch more than one news channel, and read more than one newspaper. Never take information from just one source.

Never believe what you read on Facebook

It’s not just Facebook, it’s all social media. Social media is a place for opinions, and you’ll find very little fact floating around amongst the life story updates. News channels use all sorts of tactics to grab people’s attention, and they’re not always ethically correct. They have a certain amount of space to write a headline, and more often than not, the headline is click bait, and is there to mislead the reader. If you click on the story, you’ll usually find that the headline barely corresponds to the actual news story.

However, the problem with this, is that a lot of social media users are too lazy to actually click on the story, so they take the headline as fact. Have you ever made the mistake of delving into the comment section? I have, and I regret it every time. Half of the people on there didn’t bother reading the story, and the other half are sending abuse to those who were misinformed.

Instead of trolling each other, why don’t we make a stand against the people who are biased and corrupt? Those whose main intention is to mislead us. Never believe what you read on Facebook

Never vote for someone because your family vote for them

If you’re going to vote, which you definitely should, you should vote for who you want. This is your chance to back someone that you believe in. Never feel forced into voting for someone because that’s what your friends and family have done. As long as you feel comfortable with who you’ve voted for, and can back up your reasoning for voting for them, you’ll have nothing to worry about. And on the plus side, it’s an anonymous vote, you have no obligation to tell anyone anyway!

Who should you support?

Like I said before, I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. If I did, I’d be doing exactly what I’ve said I dislike other people doing. It’s time for you to make up your mind, and here’s a few things you can do to make up your mind.

There’s a great quiz that can be taken here. Make sure you click ‘other stances’ to see the full range of answers, as some of them simply can’t be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. At the end of this quiz, it will tell you whose policies you agree with the most. If you side with a party that you know won’t be on your ballot paper, then go for the next one down that you will be able to vote for. If you side with the policies, they should be the best party for you.

You can also read up on each parties policies on their own respective websites. It may take you an hour or two to go through them all, but at least then you’ll be going to the polling station as well informed as you can be.

Here are the websites where you can find all of the information you need:

Labour Party

Liberal Democrats

Green Party

Conservative Party

UKIP (Begrudgingly, I put this here)

I know there are far more parties than this that can be voted for, but these are the main ones for England. Scotland and Wales will have different parties that will be on the ballot paper.

Hopefully there’s a big turnout for this General Election. Be sure to make an informed decision on the 8th June.

Ed Miliband Bacon Sandwhich - General Election 2017 - Lauren Mayhew AuthorTheresa May Eating Chips - General Election 2017 - Lauren Mayhew WriterHere’s my own little bit of propaganda.

<<< We didn’t want this as our Prime Minister in 2015, so why would we choose this on the 8th June? >>>

Until the next time,
Lauren x

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