The 2005 General Election Campaign and the Democratic Party The 2005 general election campaign has been a defective democratic
event in many ways. Yet beneath the surface there has echoed a
national conversation of passion and seriousness. Thoughtful people
have debated for months with families, friends and colleagues - and
with themselves - about how to vote in this contest. Much of the
electorate is still undecided. It is an imperfect choice conducted
under the imperfect electoral system, which is nevertheless the only
one that we have got. What can be decided as the main issues everyone
is debating on? Let's be honest: it is difficult. Some issues seem
particularly important to some but to others, trivial.
The main issues - considered by most - which all three parties are
concerned with in particular, are that of Health, asylum/immigration,
education, war on terrorism/Iraq, crime and pensions. The main parties
consisting of Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all deal
with the same latter issues. The current Government: Labour, is
concentrating on gaining a strong economy with higher living
standards. They are also committed to attaining faster NHS treatment
to individuals. Labour is also committed to bettering results at
schools, as they believe good education is a fundamental right to
every citizen. The party is also calling for tougher border protection
and for safer communities. They have also pledged to give more aid to
Africa. However the main priorities of the Conservatives are to lower
taxes through savings on bureaucracy, bring about tougher school
discipline and more school choice. Conservatives also wish to create
cleaner hospitals and attain shorter waiting lists. They are have also
pledged to bring in major immigration controls and situate more police
on the streets, with less paper work and finally to create more
prisons. The main priorities of the Liberal Democrats, which are
similar to latter parties is to put patients not targets first. Bring
about free personal care for the elderly. Scrap student tuition fees.
Bring about the change in schools, which creates smaller class sizes,
and finally, recruit and position on the streets, 10,000 more police.
With regards to the main issue of health, all the main parties are
offering patients a choice of where and how they have their treatment.
“The public perceptions of how the health service is faring will be a
huge influence on how votes are cast, due to the fact that health
spending having tripled in the past 10 years, voters will be asking if
the investment has paid off” (TheGuardian.co.uk, 2005a). Health care
is the single issue named by most of the public as being very
important in helping them decide how to vote, as was also the...