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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

Tales from the doorstep

December 11, 2019 3:03 PM
By Beatrice Bass

Hove canvassing GE 2019

The choice on the Brexit menu tomorrow is "Let's Get Brexit done" with Boris Johnson, "maybe Brexit, maybe not, for the many not the few, I just need to figure out which is which" with Jeremy Corbyn or "Stop Brexit and build a Brighter Future" with the Liberal Democrats. All three main parties have distinct messages (or at least a distinct lack thereof), which should make voting at this election a very straight forward exercise. However, campaign experience shows that for the average voter absolutely nothing is clear.

What is remarkable is how political spin cuts through. I hear from ardent remainers: "The country voted leave in 2016 and we need to respect that result for the sake of democracy." They would love to stay in the EU but feel reluctant to affirm their wishes. On the other hand I hear from leave voters: "This is a bloody mess and I've had enough. We should just stop the whole Brexit process and move on." They never cared about the EU and now don't care enough about it to continue this never-ending leave process. Brighton and Hove appears to have become some kind of parallel universe.

I suggest the following: how about you don't try to vote on the basis of what you think other people may or may not want. Let others think for themselves. Instead try to figure out what you really want and then vote in line with your own beliefs. As Jo Swinson said about Brexit: "We're like in episode one of a ten season box set. And if you don't like what you've seen up til now, you don't have to watch the rest."