By the time you read this, you will probably, unless you are a ‘political junkie,’ be a bit fed up with election broadcasts, in depth analyses of the polls, politicians seeming to score points off each other and comedians making funny, but ultimately cheap, comments about the failings of whichever party, or politician, they are against.
I could never be a politician. I am far too thin skinned, (the only part of me that is thin!), but I do admire those who stand for public office. You may think I am naive but I believe that those who stand for Parliament do so out of a sense of duty and public service. As a nation we seem to have become very cynical about our elected
representatives over recent years. Scandal does, of course, make for great headlines. Less newsworthy are the men and women who work away tirelessly for us at both local and national level. Less newsworthy yes, but without them our national life could not function. Now I am aware of the dangers of clergy dipping their toes into the
political waters but I am not urging you to vote for anyone in particular: what I am urging you to do is to vote for someone. I have spent a significant part of my life living in parts of the world where the ability to vote in an election was a dream that could only become a reality with the aid of foreign troops and observers to guarantee a fair election. In those places people swarmed to the polling stations to cast the vote that you and I take for granted. In these last few days before our General Election, however jaded you are with all the media overkill, please make sure that you use your vote. Who am I voting for? Well that is between me, God and the ballot box. I shall be travelling on Election Day as I go north to collect Becky from University, but before I set off I shall be in the Village Hall casting my vote. I hope you all make your way there throughout the day to carry out your public duty by voting for those who will govern all of us. We have been blessed to live in a country where democracy is the norm. Let’s give thanks for that blessing by voting. A simple thing that so many in our world cannot do.