Election 2017: The Final Countdown Has Begun

As the clock ticks closer to the polls opening tomorrow, JT looks at the last attempts by the leaders to sway the vote their way.

We are now less than 14 hours from the polls opening and the race has well and truly heated up. every party putting out all the stops to ensure they win the most votes. let’s take a final look at the parties campaigning.

The Labour Party 

In the past two weeks labour have maintained a very steady lead over the Conservatives, Jeremy Corbyn has managed to draw in crowds with his passionate speeches. The Gateshead rally managed to attract over 10,000 people. The largest crowd since the 1997 Election.

The Conservative Party 

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Theresa May, just about managing to keep the mantra of “Strong and Stable leadership” together. From no showing debates to even refusing interviews, Theresa May cannot keep the cabinet from tearing into Labour over Jeremy Corbyn’s past involvement with the IRA.

The Lib Dems 

The Lib Dems haven’t been in the spotlight like Labour and the Conservatives. Very little is being done towards the last few days. It seems that the Lib Dems are not looking to win but rather gain seats to influence in the opposition.

UKIP  

To say UKIP has ruffled feathers is quite the understatement, Bumbling through the campaign and putting up bad after bad performances. Refusing to suspend campaigning after this past weekend’s attack in London didn’t help UKIP’s cause.

When the Clock hits midnight tonight, campaigning time is over and the time for voting begins. it’s in our hands now who we want as the next leader of the UK. Who will be leading our Brexit negotiations? who will oversee the police and the NHS?

Its our time to answer so tomorrow. Only you the electorate can decide this! I Won’t tell you who to vote for, all I can say is GO and vote!

For Journaling Thoughts I’m Jordan Dodds, Stick around for the article on the outcome of the election. Until then a discussion is welcome in the comments below.

 

 

Election 2017: The winners and Losers From The BBC Debate

In this week’s article, we focus on the BBC debate. All seven parties were present with five leaders and two representatives.

as we reach the penultimate week before the big day on June the 8th. another major event happened. The Second Televised debate between the parties; The BBC Presented this round with Mishal Husain presiding over events.

In a bitter and at times uncomfortable debate, winners shone through while the losers crashing and burning. Let’s look at the winners and losers from the BBC debate.

Winner: Labour 

For only announcing his participation a few hours before the event, Jeremy Corbyn had the strongest performance of the campaign. Staying on message and tearing into Amber Rudd on the disastrous Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how the Tories “are wanting to take PIP away from disabled people”.

it wasn’t just Amber Rudd on Jeremy’s shredding scope. UKIP took a few hits, on the issue of business rates Paul Nuttall tried to imply that business would leave the UK if rates were made higher, Jeremy tore that insult down with “It’s complete nonsense”

Winner: The Green Party

Another really good night for the Green Party, Caroline Lucas put up a scathing attack on the conservates. referring to the cuts imposed on the NHS and services that help the most vulnerable as “Insulting”.

The Green Party are having the best performance ever, without a doubt on election night there could be more green voices in the chambers of Westminster.

Biggest Loser: Lib Dems 

the Lib Dems had a really good night, however the tone struck by the leader Tim Farron killed the performance. consistently attacking all sides with bitter and uncivil words. at one time, Tim Farron told the audience ” Theresa May is outside eyeing up the cost of your house to pay for social care”

 

Loser: The conservatives 

Not only did Theresa May not even show up to the debate, Amber Rudd has an absolute nightmare of a performance. Struggling to keep the debate civil at all and being the target from each and every side.

It wasn’t just the attacks that caused the poor performance, it was the sound bites. Constantly telling Jeremy Corbyn there “isn’t a magic money tree” for all the ideas. Another poor showing from the Conservatives.

Looser: UKIP and the SNP 

sadly, the SNP didn’t put up a good fight in the debate, acting more as a filler for a podium. nothing memorable at all from the SNP.

As for UKIP, It’s gotten worse for Paul Nuttall. Another bumbling and stumble-filled performance saw UKIP seem irrelevant. going for the patriotic approach didn’t work at all.

That was the BBC Debate wrapped up, for Next week’s final article I will be concluding the coverage with a personal opinion piece on the campaign with my predictions for the next government. Check back next Wednesday for that one.

For Journaling Thoughts, I’m Jordan Dodds. A discussion is welcome in the comments below