Editorial comment: More to this election than just Brexit
PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 November 2019
Who would have thought we'd all be getting a general election for Christmas - what an excellent present (straight face emoji).
The jostling has started, the egos this year are the biggest in my lifetime.
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Brexit is bound to dominate the national media agenda and there is no doubt it's a hugely important topic. But Brexit alone should not dominate your thinking - you must make space to consider the wider issues. Homelessness, poverty, equality or lack of it, affordable housing (if that actually exists), employment prospects, the NHS - especially mental health services and adult social care - are just a few that come to mind.
It's easy to get swept away with the personalities and tribal voting but this general election comes at a time when the country is more divided than ever. When the vulnerable and less fortunate in society are at greater risk of being left behind.
I'm a strong advocate for people exercising their right to vote and I fear voter apathy could force a low turn out. I draw the line at making voting compulsory like it is in some countries such as Australia but I do feel we should all do our best to choose the party or local MPs who represent us, our families, communities and global interests the best.
So this election - when it's cold outside - please go and cast your vote. But make sure you've done your research first because there's no point moaning after if you stayed at home.