As much as I try to be open and honest, there are two things I don’t often get into conversation with people over;
Religion and Politics
Today, however, I’m going to break one of those rules. Although only a little bit, though. Regular programming will resume shortly.
With Trump being elected President of one of the most powerful countries in the world and the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union, 2017 seems to be the year of absolute chaos politically. There is uncertainty, a lack of stability and, quite frankly, a lot of panic.
This morning made it no better, but what tipped me over the edge was finding out that our Prime Minister, for the sake of making her side “stronger”, has sided with a party against all that I stand for.
Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party gained ten seats during last nights election. TEN. But it was those ten seats that won / will win the Tory side a higher majority and a “stronger” side.
For the sake of what? Being able to pass new policy? Creating a stronger Brexit deal? Who know’s. But what they’ve done is create more problems for themselves, and potentially their people. I can’t imagine what deal has been made for the DUP to agree to form a coalition – it’s hardly a gold medal. The DUP is well renowned for their religious led political views, with their most controversial policies being around climate change, abortion, and LGBT rights.
What does this mean for us?
Will I suddenly be refused business because of who I love thanks to a ‘conscience clause‘?
Will my son face prejudice (any more than what we worry about already) or be the subject of child protection issues because bigots believe that “children of [Rainbow Families] are more likely to be abused or neglected?”
Will female or my niece be refused the right to choose what happens to their bodies thanks to archaic abortion laws?
Will my marriage be null and voided because others feel we don’t “conform” to “traditional” marriage values?
Those are but a few of the policies that are out there in the open that the DUP don’t deny and have no qualms about pushing through parliament, not to mention their sexist views, and dangerous beliefs.
I’m worried. Angry. Scared.
Although “winning” an election means you have more physical seats, it doesn’t necessarily mean you can change law. It still has to pass through parliament. The other seats. And thank the gods.
But with coalitions forming, I still can’t help the little niggles that are forming and growing in my head thanks to the uncertainty that is my very own government. The future does not look bright.