Thursday, 8 April 2010
A Call For Caution...
Ok, having endured the intense coverage of the Healthcare stuff from all the US bloggers on my blogroll, now it's time for me and all the other UK blogs to start banging on about the upcoming British election.
Actually, I find the whole topic intensely tedious, and won't be posting a blow-by-blow analysis of voting trends, marginal whatsits, safe swings (sorry, seats!) yada yada...
I will, however, vote. As yet, I don't know for whom. I need to ask questions.
I have heard people criticise "single issue" voters. Government is too important, they claim, to vote on a single issue.
I beg to differ.
As far as I am concerned, there is only one issue. Is the candidate pro-life or pro-death?
Because, you see, that pretty much covers everything. I just want to know: will the vulnerable be protected? That includes the unborn, the disabled, the mentally incapacitated, the terminally ill, the elderly... and, ultimately, me. Because one day, I'm likely to be taking up that "valuable hospital bed" or will be unable to say that I don't want to be starved to death... or might be so depressed that I agree I shouldn't be a burden on society, and would be better off dead...
I also don't think Britain has anything to be proud of when politicians claim that our laws mean we are at the forefront of research into human-animal hybrids and embryonic stem cells. Killing babies is nothing to be proud of.
So, as I said, only one issue matters.
Some politicians have realised this, and are being very careful in how they present anti-life policies to prospective voters.
John Smeaton's blog gives some cautionary advice on the Conservative Party's latest pronouncements... as well as telling a few home truths about the other parties' positions. Check it out.