At the end of April, the Daily Mail printed their newspaper with the words "Crush the Saboteurs" printed across the front page. The article effectively went on to say that the opposition and their voters were attempting to sabotage the current government.

Unfortunately - and I'm not prone to scaremongering - this line is so often repeated to crowds of oppressed peoples by their viscous dictators, and whilst I think we're a far cry from that, we must utilise our critical faculties to analyse and criticise the governments decisions.

The idea that we should be blindly obedient to the government because "they know what's best for us" is a terrifying thought and one that invariably leads to catastrophe.

Theodore Roosevelt once said "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."

In effect, being patriotic means supporting your country and not necessarily your government.

Whatever you believe, the most important thing for all of us to do - especially with election time looming - is to engage with the facts that are out there and critically analyse them.

We all saw - whether you voted to leave or remain - after the EU referendum those voices that spoke out, and public and on social media, and said "accept the verdict, we've decided".

You, as a voter in a free country do not have to accept anything. You're right - I might even say responsibility - is to stand up and engage with your personal opposition and say "This is what I think, and here's why..."

Free speech is not only the right to express your views however you wish, but indeed, and quite possibility more importantly, the right to hear those opinions different from your own.

Christopher Hitchens once said "My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line, and kiss my ass."

Brexiteers, Remoaners, Conservative voters, Labour voters and everything in between and beyond. The most valuable you can do is to stand up and speak up.

Sam Littler