Can you feel it? We’re almost there.
Though, in reality, it’s been less than two months since Theresa May declared a snap election on the steps of Number 10, it feels like we’ve been doing this forever.
Since 2014, Britain seems to have existed perpetually at a crossroads; what began with the Scottish Independence Referendum in September of that year culminates – for now, at least – with tomorrow’s vote. Like the EU Referendum that preceded it and the 2015 General Election that set the former in motion, this is a moment of reckoning in the country’s immediate future.
In a move that reeked of malignant complacency, the prime minister abandoned promises on April 18 by announcing an early election she’d sworn wouldn’t be happening. Few were under any illusions as to why. With the saga of Article 50 bringing with it a second wave of Brexit protest, the Tories were in desperate need of a leg-up. In Labour, the May saw an opposition in disarray. Plagued with instability, indiscipline and in-fighting, Jeremy Corbyn’s doomed party presented the government with a golden opportunity. They could twist the knife, strengthen the mandate and tighten the grip on post-Brexit Britain, all in one foul swoop. I mean, so what if it stunk a bit? It wasn’t a question of whether they’d win, nor how much they’d win by. It was whether Labour would ever come back.
But that didn’t quite go to plan.
In this campaign, we’ve seen a different Labour party. We’ve seen a different Jeremy Corbyn. In blinding contrast to Theresa May, the 68-year-old has relished the platform the snap election has provided him with. As the Prime Minister has hidden behind empty, mechanical regurgitations of strength and stability, Corbyn has thrown himself head-first into the frontline. He and his party have generated hope, verve, unity and a real feeling that things could be different; better.
While the Conservative manifesto promises more of the same in terms of a nasty, failing socio-economic framework, Labour offer genuine change. Jeremy Corbyn has promised to abolish university tuition fees, tackle the housing crisis, pump investment into a desperate and depleted NHS, introduce a £10 living wage, end welfare cuts and go nose-to-nose with a Food Bank Britain conditioned under years of unforgiving Tory governments. As Theresa May has demonstrated her chilling detachment from real life, Corbyn has created something resonant and unifying.
A vote for Labour is a vote for a progressive, decent Britain that seeks to help those who most need it. It is to jump from Donald Trump’s pocket straight into a forward-thinking, generous society that seeks to unite as others sow division. It is to stick two fingers up to the idea that things cannot be changed. It is a vote for the good.
Words by HQ