What Is A Vote Worth?

Before the referendum vote in June 2016 our local MP, Damian Green, had a breakfast debate with Michael Howard. Mr Green supported The Remain Campaign and Tory grandee, Lord Howard supported Brexit. Now, post the general election, our local MP has not only been returned but has been elevated to First Secretary of State in a government intent on leaving the EU.

Tim Farron has resigned from the leadership of the Liberal Democrats because of the incompatablity he feels in leading his party when he holds strong personal religious beliefs. Of course, Theresa May is a more appropriate example of the same behaviour. In her case, she was not a very vocal supporter of Brexit, but, nevertheless, sceptics may be excused for being suspicious of her volte face.

Shouldn’t we expect our political representatives to consider the incompatabilities in their beliefs when they stand for election? Is our vote for or against them to be judged so lightly? Or are we right to be cynical about why they wish to represent us? Winston Churchill accepted a time in the political wilderness until his prescient view of German rearmament ensured a return on his terms.