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With head held high, vote Reform

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OUR democratic system allows us to elect individual MPs to represent us in Westminster, hopefully to do what we want on our behalf. You let them take, or you give them, your power of attorney to do a job for you while you do something else, such as making a living if possible. It isn’t perfect, but it’s the fairest system there is.

Your MP will be faced with decisions and policy ideas (curve balls) that they did not see coming nor discussed with you. In this case we hope they will do their best to reflect your views as you have already either explained them or more likely heard their opinions. You trust them – you put them there to work for you. They have in effect entered into a sort of contract to reflect the opinions of their electorate. But always there will be issues on which they have to ‘wing it’. That’s when the trust bit kicks in.

After the Conservatives won an 80-seat majority expressly to activate the referendum for us to leave the EU, we saw many MPs immediately ignore their constituents’ wishes. This led to an enormous lessening of the faith we have in them.

Much of the reason for this behaviour and hence diminution in faith is simply that MPs’ motivations have changed. Being a politician is now more often considered a job, even a career, rather than a calling. Substantial payment is involved and it follows that the real motivation is to stay in power and keep earning rather than to do much useful work. Certainly nothing that might rock the ‘corporate’ boat.

This might seem hard on the few who do take their roles seriously but it covers the majority and right up to the top. Indeed the higher up the ranks, the higher the stakes, and the more important it is to stay in place at practically any cost. It’s a fragile system which is attracting a lot of people for the wrong reasons, and we can see that it doesn’t work.

On Thursday we have an opportunity to vote in new people, many of whom have come away from proper jobs to stand as MPs for a party that they and its leader believe in. That you can believe in Reform UK too is mainly because of this healthy reservoir from which its manpower is sourced.

Only a small number of you will have the privilege of voting for Nigel Farage himself. However your Reform MP, every Reform MP, is vital to this cause – vital to pulling out of our current headlong dive.

Reform UK is a new party, and is repeatedly vilified by what masquerades as a free press who do their best to muffle its very existence, let alone its message. We have known for years, of course, that this bias is rampant: all we can do is grin and bear it. But on Thursday, vote with your head held high and vote Reform UK.

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Dave Hipperson
Dave Hipperson
Dave Hipperson is an engineer, photographer and journalist from Boreham Wood, Hertfordshire.

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