Sunday 7: Reasons YOU need to vote

Tomorrow is the deadline to register to vote in the UK General Election 2017. But, why should you vote? It’s a difficult time, a snap election has been called and everything feels a bit rushed. I know that a lot of people are irritated and disenfranchised with politics and the government. So, why should you vote?

Because your voice needs to be heard 

We know that there aren’t enough young people in parliament, but that doesn’t mean your voice isn’t heard. Voting means that you can have a voice and be heard.

Because you can make the change you want to see 

Vote in the people you believe will make a difference and change.

Because it helps make the country a better place for you and others like you 

I’ll be voting for what is important for me and the communities that I am a part of. Who will make the country better for your community? If you don’t vote then who else will?

Because every.single.vote.counts. 

There’s no such thing as a wasted vote, your vote could make all the difference.

Because so many sacrificed so that you could 

People died so that you could vote. Don’t forget that.

Because ignoring a problem won’t make it go away

If you have a problem with the way the country is being run, complaining online won’t do anything, actually voting for the person you think is best will.

Because if you don’t, you can’t complain. 

If you don’t vote, you’ve done nothing to try and stop what you want to complain about.

You have until 11.59 on the 22nd May to register, click the link here and make your voice heard. 

Get registering, get voting!

Our boys, Our girls

Every day, every night there are brave men and women fighting for this country. I caught up tonight on BBC 1’s ‘Our Girl’, Molly’s off to war. I love the programme but every time I watch it I get a lump in my throat. It’s not even for the characters, it’s because seeing a drama gets me so worked up because I can’t imagine what it’s like to live and work through that. I love Our Girl, although I normally watch it not on the night it’s aired but later when I can reflect on it and, well, appreciate it. Personally, I think the BBC is doing a great job, as is Lacey Turner.

Lacey Turner in Our Girl, BBC 1 on Sunday nights. 

 

When Lee Rigby was murdered last year the country went into shock. A young solider, father, a man who had fought for us was killed on the streets of his own country. It reminded us of the loss of our troops as well as the danger in the UK. I’m not going to sugar coat it, but I’m not here to scare you. There are terrorists but that doesn’t mean we should live in fear. As I write this the government have been voting on whether to enter another war, this time on ISIS. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous, for our country but most of all for our soldiers. I was one of the many who hoped they may get a break from what seems to be never ending conflict.

I’m old enough to remember when you could go and see the cock pit of a plane on a flight and meet the pilot, when you didn’t have to have your shoes searched and full body scanners weren’t around. I remember before 9/11 (it was a week before my 7th birthday and I didn’t really understand what was happening). All of this said, I’m pleased we have these measures in place now, but I wish we hadn’t had to implement them for the reasons we did. Basically anyone my age has grown up watching the news coverage and because of this I have had nothing but respect for our men and women in uniform, at one point I wanted to become and RAF pilot myself.

After watching tonight I had this overwhelming need to do something to support our troops, but I didn’t know how. Scrolling through the Help for Heroes website I realised I could do something. Instead of buying a new hoodie from Topshop, Jack Wills or another band hoodie I could buy one from HFH, donating money to a good cause and showing my support. Am I nervous about wearing it? The pride overshadows any nervousness I have after Lee Rigby’s death.

Next on the to buy list

I’m passionate and proud of our military. I want to end this post by reminding you all of the website http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ and to support our troops! They risk their lives so we can live ours.