Totally gobsmacked to see Labour Party activists in Christchurch High Street yesterday. (If you don't know, it's a very Conservative voting sort of place). As I went past, one of them stepped in front of me holding a leaflet. I stopped to talk.
I don't support any political party, just policies that I think will make a positive difference. So, I told him I believed the voting public would find it hard to forgive the Labour Party if they didn't stand up against the hard Brexit that we were heading for due to the incompetence of the Conservatives at putting their own house in order. I explained I felt that they wouldn't be able to implement some of their progressive policies if the country was broke, and my fear is we would be broke for the next 15 to 20 years if we continued on this hard Brexit path. It was their responsibility to do the right thing for the country and minimise its impact.
His reply was to say that the Lib Dem’s (he'd decided I was a Lib Dem supporter. I'm not). were the only party against Brexit and their share of the vote was dropping. That, for him, seemed to be why Labour weren't going to do that. It's almost as if the plan is to let everything go to pot and then pick up the pieces.
He seemed to think it was more important just to win, post-damage, than it was to prevent damage in the first place. A view I disagree with.
BTW, I'm not sharing this story to discuss Brexit as a topic. There's plenty of those already.
I'm sharing it to ask if, as a general principle, we think politicians should focus on representing us and act in our best interests even at the expense of winning an election, or if they should let bad things happen in the short term if it means more seats in the future for their particular ideology/team.