I’ve made a point of never blogging about politics so the thoughts that follow are in no way meant to represent my opinions, simply my observations of the events leading to the elections.
As we plod ever closer to the General Election on Thursday, I find myself more and more confused about the whole process of campaigning and the electioneering!
I’m not sure that we’ve all been touched by “election fever” in the same way that other countries experience it. From what I can tell, everyone gets into it in the USA and your opinions are very much set in stone. After discussions in the staff room this week, it would seem that we’re a mixed bunch, us Brits. Many were very enthusiastic (you might expect this from teachers), some are definitely going to vote but still totally undecided (I’m in this group), and one, tut tut, had not registered in time and is unable to vote.
I think this is a fair representation of the nation really, plus a fair bunch who just don’t give a s***.
Here’s my assessment as to whether we’re hitting “election fever“.
Perhaps if the May weather that we expect was here to pull us through, we might all be a bit more hot under the collar about this polling malarkey. I always get frustrated by the utter apathy by some people, however, it would appear that this time around there are a few more people with ideas. I certainly know that the kids at school are more opinionated than usual although some of those opinions are pretty terrifying! Perhaps it is the greater range of options creating more excitement than usual but how can we have a successful Parliament if it is so divided?!
Verdict = questionable… there’s a mild temperature running but it’s not too high.
I feel like I’ve been listening to year 8’s who have fallen out with each as I listen to these politician’s moan and belittle each others ideas. I have a headache from the school yard bickering.
Verdict = absolutely
What about the public? How many of us are sweating the outcome? Given those opinions of some of my students mentioned earlier, I am a little. I’m sweating it that intolerance is rife, that programmes eliminating equality seem to be popular, and that I don’t know what the future holds for our education system. It’s a broken system at the moment with no real promise to make it better… who will be left to teach my children?
Verdict = Occasional sweating, with a rare shiver down my spine.
Sensitivity to light (or erm…bulls***)
Just me?! I feel all aflush with the promises and backstabbing. The campaign posters slagging either other off make my stomach churn and force me back to memories of the playgroup in primary school. “He said this” or “she said that”… seriously?! I thought we were meant to be grown ups and trying to run the country!
Verdict = definitely on track for a fever!
So what about you? Are you feeling the election fever?!