The election is over, the votes have been counted and we have a new Conservative government. I will freely admit that this wasn’t the outcome I was hoping for and I am feeling somewhat despondent today. And like thousands of other people, I expressed that disappointment on social media.
It wasn’t the comments and status updates from those who are celebrating this result and openly happy about it that bothered me. It was the ones that were along the lines of “The Tories won. Get over it and stop moaning” or “if you don’t like it, move elsewhere.”. Why do some people have such an issue with those expressing disappointment about the outcome? Are we not all entitled to our own feelings about the issues that are important to us?
One of the key factors in my decision about which party I wanted to vote for was the future of the NHS. As a mother of a child with complex medical needs, this is an issue which is very important to me – the thought of a potential future where an insurance company dictates whether my child can have medical care is one that keeps me awake at night. I am not a core voter, I have voted for several different parties in the last eighteen years and my political affiliation may change again in the future. I do not criticise those whose political views differ from my own – we live in a democracy and I respect the right of others to vote how they wish. I truly believe that the vast majority vote for the party that they believe is best for this country.
Yes, I’m disappointed. Yes, I have openly admitted it. And yes I’ll get over it. And if you’re happy about today’s outcome, I respect your right to openly celebrate it. But please can you also respect my right to express my disappointment without belittling and insulting me for doing so.