Election 2017: How I’m Going to Decide

Another election is looming. Lucky us.
On 8th June, Britain will be deciding on a leader of the country. But the way we vote, we don’t choose the future prime minister directly. Instead, each constituency in the UK elects one Member of Parliament (MP) to a seat in the House of Commons and the political party that wins the most seats in the House of Commons forms the Government, with the party’s elected leader as the prime minister.

Who is running?

As I live in Bury St Edmunds, I have five choices. In alphabetical order:
  • Liam Byrne (Independent)
  • Jo Churchill (Conservative)
  • Bill Edwards (Labour)
  • Helen Mary Geake (Green)
  • Helen Korfanty (Liberal Democrats)

And how am I going to decide?

I thought I would make the playing field level by not listening to social media, the television, news or count the number of election posters. I had to make the decision on one factor alone, just to be fair.
So I asked each candidate to send me a brochure, if they hadn’t done already. I can then ignore character (largely) and a media savvy personality. They would have to sell me on their ability to put into print their key objectives and manifesto.
Now I sit and await their responses (if I get any). I have emailed, filled out forms and Tweeted, depending on the contact information that’s available. Here is the message I sent:
Hello!
I live in Bury St Edmunds and will be voting in the upcoming General Election on 8th June. I want to make sure my vote counts for the party who will best represent me and my concerns for the country. These are difficult times and to me it is crucial that I ensure my vote is placed carefully.
To make sure that I have the right information, and to ensure the playing field is level, I have decided to base my vote on one factor only. I won’t be considering news reports, social media efforts or the number of posters I see in my area. Instead, I will only be reading one pamphlet or brochure from each candidate and basing my decision on that.
No candidate will be able to win my vote with a media savvy personality, social media bombardment or opposition attacking headlines. I want to make it a fair fight.
So, to that end, could you please forward me, either by post or by delivering to my door, one leaflet that represents you and your policies in the best way possible?
I will not answer the door,  speak with you in person orr answer emails that serve to underline or emphasise your points. My decision will be solely on the information you can deliver to me in print.
My mailing address is …
I will, however, make one exception. If you could provide a PDF version instead, I will make sure it gets the same consideration as printed leaflets.
Thank you for your cooperation.
May the best candidate win!
~Nick Burman
I’ll let you know how it goes. I hope they all reply.
 

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