I’m not good at decisions. I like to think that this is because I’m fair-minded (or try to be), so take time to gather all the facts, research the background and weigh up both sides of the argument. I’m very much an “on the one hand, but on the other hand” sort of person and I usually have “just one more” question. I like to be able to give a reasoned, well- thought out response.
On-the-spot decisions are a nightmare and planning more than two days ahead, or even two hours ahead, can raise my stress levels to life-threatening proportions. Okay, maybe I exaggerate. But not much.
I need thinking time, imagination time, dream time. And sometimes it looks like prevarication.
And sometimes it is prevarication. Which brings us to the General Election.
Living in a dyed-in-the-wool Labour constituency usually makes voting a bit academic.
Whilst I’m happy with the current MP as a person – conscientious and fair minded, I’m reluctant to support the Labour Party with its incontinent spending plans and anti-Semitism.
It’s also a strongly anti-Brexit city, which might give the LibDems a shot at the prize. But the constituency has a strong working class element which might tip the balance towards the Tories.
There’s is no way I’m going to vote Tory (although, on paper, they have, surprisingly, the best policy on tackling rough sleeping – a cause close to my heart) and I find the tone of some of the LibDems policies sinisterly authoritarian.
The Greens can also be authoritarian – like the LibDems they are very keen on dictating the minutiae of school curriculums. However, unlike the LibDems, they have no chance of winning in this constituency. A vote for the Greens may help to raise the importance of environmental concerns on the national political agenda and deny support to any other party.
So that’s it then. Decision made.