The Citizen’s Jury and the need to vote
Some commentators have said this has seemed like the longest run up to a general election for a long, long time. We are being told the polls are too close to call, we’ve had the ‘leaders debates’, we’ve had politicians criss-crossing the country. We’ve had the stats, the counter-stats and some shiny new promises. There has been criticism that ordinary people have been kept at arm’s length from any of the leaders of the biggest parties, with staged, sterile events. Looking back at the past 5 years, we have highlighted reports which highlight the impact of the cuts and know that our votes will decide how many, how deep and where more cuts are to come over the course of the next parliament.
The Campaign for a Fair Society is supporting the Learning Disability Alliance, and the Citizen’s Jury in April was an opportunity for political parties to set out their policies and be accountable to people. The Green Party, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP all fielded a representative. The Conservative Party did not. Invitations were sent months in advance and despite calls, letters and e mails to David Cameron and Central HQ, there was a no show for the Jury. What is this telling us, and why are we not being told where those £12billion of welfare cuts are coming from?
We believe in a Fair Society, as outlined in our manifesto. On May 7th we will be voting for representatives who share our principles and will continue to hold elected representatives to account for their policy development and decision making.