Elias Pelcastre

A break from tech: My views on the UK´s 2015 General Election

To kick off the politics section, an article I published on my website EPELTECHMagazine after the UK General Election 2015.

Let´s put the tech world aside for a moment. I studied journalism in Cardiff, Wales, for three years. Since I left the UK, I´ve been reading The Guardian to improve my writing skills and give you the best tech news and reviews possible. I´m still working on that and know my English is not perfect. Since reading The Guardian I got to witness the evolution of the UK´s political, cultural and social scene, and I have to admit I´m besotted. I can´t go a day without knowing what´s happening in Great Britain.

I followed the 2015 general election very closely and honestly thought Labour was going to win. I was afraid that the Scottish National Party (SNP) would be behind the red party pulling the strings, but knew an issue-by-issue arrangement would take place, and that Labour´s leader, Ed Miliband, would at the end of the day make the shots.

After Labour´s wipeout, Scotland´s independence is still an eminent threat; the Conservatives just used a scaremongering tactic to make voters cast a majority in favour of David Cameron.

I honestly can´t believe Cameron won the election. I know Brits had to choose between him, who has been PM for the last five years and was “the lesser of two evils”, and an Ed Miliband supported by the divisive Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP. But come on, David Cameron again?

You knew having him as a re-elected PM meant at least 12 billion pounds in cuts and an EU referendum. I´m Mexican/Swedish, and assure you I never asked for a penny in benefits – now it will become harder for me to live in the country where I did my Uni days and spent 27K in international student fees.

I get it; Nick Clegg didn´t stand a chance of forming a second coalition after a triple-fold raise in student fees in 2010, but he added a pro-European balance to the Eurosceptic-led Conservative party. Miliband may have seemed anti-business, and couldn´t overcome Tony Blair´s shadow, but at least, he was willing to keep Britain in the EU.

As you can see, Brexit affects me – and I bet a lot of businesses and people – the most, but if I were living in the UK I would also be concerned about the Conservative wave of cuts that is on its way “to get rid of the deficit”. I bet Cameron knows what 12 bn of cuts mean “for working people”, and the effect they will have on the country´s quality of services and life.

Yes, the Conservatives inherited the financial crisis from 2005´s Labour. And yes, they say they are going to “finish the job” they started five years ago to fix the economy. But I think Brits and the rest of people who live/want to live and work in the UK will suffer from this “tactical” decision of not having a more “humane” party in power.