So the question is what are the issues in this election? Clearly Brexit is, for many people, the number one issue. But I for one don’t want to see this election become a re-run of last year’s referendum. I voted for Brexit last year for a number of reasons including the way EU treated Greece, the Brussels democratic deficit, and live animal exports. As far as I am concerned we voted out and out it will be. But having said that I do believe that parliament should be able to scrutinise and influence the terms on which we leave the EU.But for me the big issue in this election is our divided society. We have become a nation of haves and have nots. For a so-called civilised country, far too many people are living in poverty. Far too many people are being forced to accept poor housing, inadequate health care and education, abysmal social care and limited job opportunities. Whilst others enjoy the best everything. There is no sharing. There is no equality of sacrifice. There are no broad shoulders bearing their share of the burden. We are also becoming less and less democratic. Human rights are being eroded, Access to justice denied and discrimination increasing.
But sadly the party which might normally have been looked on as the organisation which could have righted some of these wrongs is almost certainly going to be hammered into the ground on June the 6th. I also suspect that UKIP, having served its purpose, will go the same way. My expectation is that there will be a huge Tory landslide on June 6th which will herald even more austerity and tough times for those least able to cope.The only good thing I can see coming from this election is left of centre people re-grouping into some type of non-partisan coalition which can build the basis of a new, modern, progressive political force to tackle the poverty and injustice which plagues our society. I will certainly be keen to be part of something like this.