This is the third in a series of guest posts, in which regular readers of this blog explain why, from a Christian perspective, they intend to vote for a particular political party—or, in one case, why they intend to spoil their ballot paper. In this one, Ali Campbell, who is Youth and Children’s Ministry Consultant at The Resource and lives in Haywards Heath, explains why he intends to vote Labour.
It was the spring of 1979 and I was Jim Callaghan. There was an election. I lost to Margaret Thatcher. I don’t think I have ever recovered.
I was only 10 at the time, but in my stump speech I thought I was convincing and spoke with passion (I was encouraged to thump my lectern when hammering home a point). I might have warned too much of the danger of a Conservative Government and not spoken enough about Labour’s own policies . . . or, it could simply have been that when it came to the vote the boys in my school mostly voted for me and the girls mostly voted for Thatcher (I don’t remember the girl’s name). There were more girls in my school and I couldn’t do anything about that.