Since it was announced in February the EU referendum has completely dominated the headlines so you might have missed the fact that there are elections in May. In Wales we elect for the assembly, in Scotland they are electing the parliament, some parts of the country are electing to their council and we all get to cast our votes for the Police and Crime Commissioners.
I don’t need to tell you why you should vote (I already have in this blog post) because I hope that’s obvious, I’m also not going to tell you who to vote for but you should start thinking about it.
If you want to learn a little bit more about the basics of politics, then take a look at my earlier post first.
These are my top tis for deciding who gets x.
List your priorities // We all have different lives, situations and priorities and so it stands to reason that we all have different issues and concerns. If your a parent then childcare might be a priority, it might be employment or even education. Or perhaps it’s a more obvious concern, one that regularly tops polls and one that is definitely high on my priority list – the NHS. Once you know your priorities it’ll be easier to decide which party best sit with your concerns and you’ll be able to make a more informed decision.
Ask questions // The chances are that you will get a politician (or a member of their party) knocking at your door and sure the temptation is to just get rid of them. However there’s a few things you should probably remember. Number one these people take time out of their schedule to campaign for something they are passionate about and even THOSE parties deserve to be treated decently. Moving on to number two. Look at the end of the day who knows when you might get a chance to ask to these politicians the questions you have so instead of trying to get rid of them, why not take the opportunity to ask them then.
Do your research // All the parties have social media and they all have websites so be sure to check these for information. Take a look at the things they are talking about, their manifestos and what they can do for you.
Look out for hustings // Many local area’s will have hustings coming up (some of them have probably gone already) but you should watch out for them. They can be a really good opportunity to gather information about the candidates and what they stand for!
Have you decided who you are going to vote for?