Round the Bleeding Polls

By John Murray

With two days to go until the United Kingdom goes to the polls, UWS News went out on Ayr campus to garner the thoughts of students ahead of Thursday’s general election.

Despite it only being 48 hours until polling day, some students still haven’t made up their minds about what way they would mark their ballot.

Mental Health Nursing student, Stephanie Coleman, 35, said: “I really don’t know anything about it.

“I don’t know which way to vote, it just seems pointless but I always vote because my mum makes me.”

Nursing student, Stacey Wilson, 38, had a similar opinion:

“I never voted before, I don’t feel I know enough about any of them. I don’t follow it. I’m not a political person.”

At 18, David Holland represents a younger generation but he was up front about the fact the UK’s political system escapes him:

“I don’t understand what’s going on with it.”

His fellow sports coaching and development student Aidan Keller shrugged his shoulders and said: “I don’t know who I’m going to vote for.”

However, he added: “It will probably be the Scottish National Party. I did read the Tory manifesto and I didn’t think it seemed fair.

“They are talking about spending £20 billion on education but it’s not fair because it’s for schools in England.

“I want to see minimum wage increased and I’m depending on a coalition with Labour.”

Mental Health Nursing student, Gail MacDougall, 48, was undecided until Sunday but after she heard Phillipa Whitford, Member of Parliament for Central Ayrshire, speak she decided to vote for the SNP:

“She’s just such a good advocate for the National Health Service.

“The SNP has a lot of positives for student opportunities and bursaries but they are not available in England.”

Her colleague Suzanne Wright was not a fan of the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon:

“I’m voting for Labour.

“Sturgeon isn’t representing her party – just herself.”

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