For those at the sharp end – the low-paid, the food bank users, bedroom tax debtors and all who struggle with rising rents and unpayable bills on fallen incomes – life will become more or less bearable according to the swing of the electoral pendulum. For middling earners fretting over inescapable commuter rail fare rises, outraged by the energy companies’ cartel, anxious over their children’s chance of finding a decent footing in work or housing, what happens at Westminster matters more than ever. Those feeling alienated need to know that not voting is no protest: it’s a vote gifted to those you most detest.
For the country, another five years of Conservatives alone or in coalition, inflected by Ukip influence, would leave us barely recognisable to ourselves by 2020. Read Polly’s full article below –
2015 will be a year of political thrills – and colossal dangers | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian.