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Policy, Policy, Policy

“It's my policy”, “you'll find it in our policy statement”. MPs often refer to two big things in the run up to an election, their manifesto and their policies. With every party having a different set of policies, how do we know which ones are right, which are wrong, and who we should vote for?

Well you could start by reading all the manifestos, but some of us might get bored quite quickly and even after you've read them all, how would you know which ones are good? How would we know what parts of it they will keep to if they are elected? How could we be sure that they align to what we believe? Instead you might watch a couple of interviews or debates, this way you get a taste of what the candidates are like, as well as hearing their policies, and get a greater understanding of what they believe the impact the policies would be.

On a local level you could attend a local hustings, or talk to those who are campaigning in your area to find out what they will do for your town if they get elected. Even if you aren't old enough to vote, you still have a right to question those who are standing in your area because they will be representing you for the next five years. You could ask them what they will be doing to represent young people, or what their views are on social justice, or question them on a different local issue.

What policies are important to you? Do you know which party has the most policies that align with your views? If you don't, you might want to check out voteforpolicies.org.uk, this is a website that allows you to choose which areas of policy you care most about (e.g. welfare, education and the economy), it then asks you what you think of each party’s views before telling you which party’s policies you mostly agree with. If you are able to vote and are unsure on how to vote, a tool like this will help you decide. If you are not old enough to vote yet, something like this will help you see what matters to you, and give you a clearer idea of your political identity.

What would the policies of God look like? If he was campaigning what would his talking points be? I believe he would be spending a lot of time talking about social justice and poverty. Somewhere in his manifesto you would most likely find, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matthew 22:36-40)

In a couple of weeks time many of us connected to The Salvation Army will be loving our neighbours by taking part in ALOVE’s I'll fight day. We will be doing all sorts of things to help out within our communities. You could be praying for those taking part and for those that will be impacted on the day. A key issue in any election is social justice and caring for those in need. I'll Fight Day is just one way outside of politics that we can actively help others and tell them about God through our acts of kindness.

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