Human rights in the general election?
At last the UK general election is set. I have just seen a survey on the internet about what would influence people in deciding how to vote. Would it be the leader of the party, the candidate, local issues, national issues, to keep a certain candidate out, or other factors? No mention in the survey of international issues and the issues that Amnesty International campaigns on.
I can well understand that people are concerned about local and national issues. Of course the economy is always important in elections and the national deficit is a big issue this time. International issues do matter too and I think that we need to try to bring them higher up the election agenda. Don't wait for the candidates to ask for your support; take the initiative and tell them what you expect if they want your vote. For me it is very important to vote for a candidate I can trust and who shares my values. Those values can inform policies on local, national and international issues.
The survey I mentioned asked about keeping a candidate out as a reason for how to vote. I always seem to find myself having to worry about whether my vote might support someone I completely disagree with because of our first past the post elections. A brilliant way of deciding which horse wins a race but not good as a way of electing people to parliament and selecting who will form a government.
Will human rights and international issues influence who you will vote for in the election next month?
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