Time to build positive and inclusive society

Time to build positive and inclusive society

27 November 2019

ALLIANCE’S South Down Westminster election candidate Patrick Brown says next month’s parliamentary poll presents an opportunity for people to vote for the values they hold and the type of society they want to build.

He said the party’s candidates stand proudly on a platform of being “positive, progressive, pro-remain, cross-community and inclusive for all.”

Mr Brown said Alliance will fight against Brexit, stand up for the environment, vote for fair pay for public sector workers, fight against health service privatisation and Tory-led austerity and work toward a fairer welfare system.

He said there has been a lot of talk in South Down during this election about tactical voting to keep others out and how a vote for ‘any other party’ is a wasted vote.

He continued: “It has also been said that South Down is a two horse race. First off, there is no such thing as a wasted vote and saying that is actually quite disrespectful to how important having your democratic say is. 

“In addition, a lot has changed since the 2017 election results and Alliance in particular has shown this year that it can win against the odds – polling well ahead of the UUP and SDLP in the most recent NI-wide election in May. To continue with the horse racing analogy, Alliance might just be worth a punt at the bookies this time around.”

Mr Brown said that most importantly, voting isn’t about keeping anyone out and is not about having to choose between two parties you don’t really like that much.

“Frankly, if all a party can offer the electorate is ‘if you don’t vote for me, you’ll get them’, they shouldn’t be running in the first place,” he continued.

“I am standing for election because Alliance represents the values and ideas I want to see in politics here — liberalism, a shared society, environmentalism, human rights, transparency, internationalism and economic justice. Win or lose, every vote for Alliance is a vote for those values. That is never a waste.”

Mr Brown said he is asking voters to think about the values that best reflect what they want to see in politics, their identity and their views.”

He added: “It is my bet that a lot of people will join me in rejecting tactical voting and demanding better instead.”