The People’s Republic of Brighton & Hove

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It’s a sorry state of affairs when a party who cater for richest 1% alone come into power with a majority vote. How can this can possibly be the case, I hear you ask? How can the Conservatives, a party whose main intent is on increasing the wealth of the rich whilst forcing the poor to suffer, be voted into power by the public? Everyone over the age of 18 is entitled to a vote, so why have people voted against themselves? This is something that leaves me genuinely perplexed.

In a survey taken by over 820,000 people before the election took place based purely on policies and nothing else, the public voted Labour top with 24%. They were followed by Green, then Lib Dem, then UKIP, and finally Tory at the bottom – at 14%. This is a clear representation on how the right wing media influences the working class, and Rupert Murdoch and the like’s brain washing tactics appear to have worked. Ed Miliband was made out to be some sort of fool in the media, with a poorly timed photo of the now former Labour leader eating a bacon sandwich being plastered around the papers. Of course, how the man eats his food has literally nothing to do with how well he’d be able to run the country, but it appears that many people disagree. Clearly, the ability to eat bacon sarnies with beautiful panache and grace is an essential cog on the way to become prime minister. God forbid he could actually be a human being.

It’s a real shame that the public have been so misguided, but in amongst the disappointment and fear for what is to come, one city on the south coast displayed a shining light. That city is, unsurprisingly, Brighton & Hove.  An island of hope in a sea of the dreaded Tory blue, the city stood out like a sore thumb – with Brighton Pavilion re-electing the Greens’ Caroline Lucas and Hove collectively deciding on Labour’s Peter Kyle.

Ollie Stephenson, 18, who contributed to Lucas’ triumph in Brighton Pavilion with a vote for the Greens said he is “very proud” about the result, and that “it’s good that Brighton hasn’t been sucked in by the Tories, unlike the majority of the country”.

Once again, the Green’s only seat is Brighton Pavilion. This is a crystal clear display of how different Brighton & Hove actually is in comparison to the rest of the UK in its attitudes and opinions towards life. For this reason, I propose a change. We must create ‘The People’s Republic of Brighton & Hove’, and break off from the UK. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the idea as ‘The People’s Republic of Brighton & Hove’ Facebook page was created just after the results of the election were revealed – and as of now it has racked up almost 15,000 likes and was also featured in the guardian. There is also a petition on proposing the same plan, and this too has racked up one and a half thousand signatures. Clearly, the revolution is in in full swing.

Soon we Brightonians will have our own separate Passports; we’ll have our own currency in which we will pay for our groceries in decimals of hugs and joy, and rain will be permanently barred from the premises. This is obviously a rather hyperbolic wonderland that I have just described – but in comparison to a lot of the rest of the UK; really, that’s what Brighton is.


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