Can first-time voters afford to risk a Labour government?

Image courtesy of YouGov (link in text)
Image courtesy of YouGov

A recent YouGov survey indicated that 59% of first time voters will not vote in May 2015, and of those who do vote 40% will vote Labour, with the Conservatives and the Green Party tied for second with 44% of the vote between them (https://yougov.co.uk/news/2015/01/13/greens-tied-conservatives-among-young-people/). Noting the historical trend of student votes, this forecast comes as no surprise: yet it may not reflect the best interests of the modern young voter…

Setting aside the preconceived ideals of party politics, David Cameron’s Conservatives have proven that they can deliver a stable economy with low unemployment. The deficit has been halved since 2010, growth is constant and real wages now exceed the rate of inflation, meaning that the ‘cost of living crisis’ brought about by recession  is nearing its end.  Strong ties with big business also mean that employers have more confidence in the labour market, reflected by the fact that youth employment has reached 73% and first time voters face a wealth of opportunities upon graduation.

Comparatively Labour are entering the election on the back of an economic crash which saw unemployment soar to 2.5 million (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10604117) and perhaps more alarmingly, their current spending plans leave the hefty sum of £20,000,000,000 unaccounted for. It doesn’t take an Economics graduate to realise that this means a lot of borrowing or a lot of tax. Electing Ed Miliband could seriously jeopardise the economic future of this country, and young voters with career aspirations should be wary of this.

In such turbulent times, a strong economy should underpin any decisions made regarding Public services. Yet the strength and stability of Osbourne’s “long term economic plan” means that a Conservative Government is able to deal with key issues such as the challenges faced by the NHS with greater flexibility and efficiency.

The strains of an ageing and ever-increasing population have caused the NHS to slump into a £30 billion shortfall, and A&E waiting times have been rising consistently for a decade. Indeed, independent health trusts are calling for ‘drastic changes’ to our National Health Service (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29726934) in order to ensure its survival; yet only the Conservatives seem willing to deliver these and protect our best interests.

Whereas Ed Miliband claims that he will spend the implausible sum of £30 Billion (despite the £20,000,000,000 hole already present in his spending plans), the Conservatives are calling for reform. This reform would mean giving more power to health care professionals, saving both time and money through the dissipation of bureaucracy. Anything other than reform risks the NHS effectively becoming a black hole, consuming more and more money over time until it is wholly unsustainable.

Now the million dollar question: Why gamble your future employment, health care and economic security on Ed Ball’s mish mash policies of borrowing, high taxes and debt?

Remembering that a vote for anyone other than the Conservatives would risk putting the two Eds into Parliament, it would seem that there is only one viable option for voters of any age come May 2015…

Joel Buckett

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