“Being from Sheffield, I was brought up as a Labour voter but, in recent years, voted Conservative as I thought they would be better for the economy, writes Leicester lawyer David Heys.
I admired Jeremy Corbyn’s principles but felt he had little personal charisma and unrealistic policies and didn’t see him as electable.
However, in less than 12 months, two Conservative Prime Ministers have taken massive electoral gambles with our futures for political reasons.
Each assumed they would win – David Cameron on the In/Out referendum, Theresa May in the General Election – and gave little thought to the consequences of losing.
Both PMs had every advantage, especially timing, but then ran appalling campaigns.
Mr Cameron never got across how we benefit from the EU and people did not understand why Theresa May’s majority of 40-plus wasn’t enough for strong Brexit negotiations.
Worse, Mrs May launched her manifesto and then immediately back-tracked on social care reforms but denied she had done so.
And did she really think it was a good idea to hold an election after triggering Article 50?
As a result, all Mr Corbyn had to do was turn up, keep calm and wear a tie for a change – hey presto, instant credibility!
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I am not annoyed that Mr Cameron and Mrs May took a risk – life, and especially business, is all about taking risks.
Nor do I resent them making mistakes – we all make mistakes, me included.
What really bugs me is that, having taken the risk, they did not throw themselves into the task of making sure they got the right result.
This is a lesson for all of us – if something is important, we must do everything we can to make it a success.
If it doesn’t work out then we will have done our best and no-one can ask anything more.
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Mr Cameron and Mrs May might have made things a bit harder but the future is in our hands.
The challenges have brought out the spirit, passion and determination of the people in this country, demonstrated so clearly in the aftermath of the terror attacks in both Manchester and London.
The UK is still the fifth biggest economy in the world.
Living in Leicestershire, I see people working hard and getting on with their lives.
Like any business, Lawson-West Solicitors has had its share of tough times but we have emerged stronger thanks to our fantastic people and clients.
Business is in our blood, especially in Leicester where immigrants have come to build their futures.
So for me, the certainty is that Britain and my adopted home, Leicester, will get on with it and flourish.”