ZELLA COMPTON: Go out and vote - and don't let anything hold you back

Tomorrow is the big day, the General Election.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th June 2017, 7:21 am
Get out and vote, says Zella
Get out and vote, says Zella

Go and vote. You don’t need to take your polling card with you – all you have to do is go to the polling station and put your cross in the box.

Don’t let anything hold you back, because if you do, you have no recourse over the next parliament to moan about what happens in your local area, or nationally. You’re stuffed.

And remember, your vote does count and will be counted.

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So you may end up with an MP you didn’t vote for, but the party you did vote for will know how much support it has, and can really focus on your area next time, or vice versa.

Or vote tactically, whatever you want.

But please, please, please vote.


Anyone who has watched this season’s Britain’s Got Talent will have noticed that Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon have both succumbed to shopping in the beachwear sections of boutiques.

I don’t mean to sound prudish, I really don’t. But I can’t take it any more, seeing these women look like they are entering the swimwear section of Miss World.

They are both intelligent, funny, have had wonderful careers and are inspiring to people the world over, as well as being stunningly beautiful.

So why do they wear such odd clothing? For those who haven’t seen what I mean, they’ve both appeared in dresses whose bottom halves are made of old-fashioned gym/swimming pants with a bit of see-through netting.

Can you imagine if we all started to adopt this latest trend? Wandering around ASDA in knickers with a bit of lace and criminally high heels?

Yes, I know, it’s not the same and Amanda etc are appearing in high profile roles. But still, what’s good for one is surely good for another?

And what if we chose to adopt this trend without the judicious use of a razor?

Then we come to slenderness. Is it promoting body shaming if we, as the general unwashed, unkempt and unslim, chose to adopt such a swimwear costume and then were gawped at for showing too much of our flesh?

We can conclude, then, that to wear this new style, we must be super thin and shaved. Because that’s what being a woman is, obviously.

My other problem with the fashion parade is dresses with cleavages down to the navel. If you’re going to wear something like that, please make sure that you’re confident it’ll hold.

There were numerous occasions when we caught glimpses of the ladies making sure that their nipples were tucked in and that the cleavage slit wasn’t actually revealing the whole torso.

We all make wardrobe mistakes, but surely at their ages, and stages of careers, both Amanda and Alesha know that if you have to check at, or tug on, items of your clothing, you’re wearing the wrong outfit.


The Obamas and the Camerons have both posted pictures of their feet relaxing, polished and pedicured, in somewhere hot and lovely.

These days it appears to be the ultimate couple shot.

But aside from the political annoyance (Cameron’s arrogance has torn this country in two and still he has the gall, while we’re fighting yet again to regain some poise in the election, to show his feet), who really has decent enough feet to parade them in this manner?

Seriously. I don’t even like to look at mine, let alone photograph them.

As for my husband’s, yikes!

We’d be mistaken for living in the Shire were we to show our tootsies to the world.

I just hope that this isn’t the start of some disturbing new trend.