- Who's not voting in the EU election?
The main parties are now an indistinguishable self-serving, corporate-dictated irrelevance. None of them worthy of voting for. I’ve voted Green, as they appear to be the only ones who are even remotely aware of whats happening in the real world. And believe me, thats a sentence I never thought I’d ever utter.Posted 3 years agooffthebrakesSubscriber
I used to vote Lib Dems purely because they supported proportional representation for all UK elections, which if implemented would allow my vote to actually count.
But their idiotic decision to be fobbed off with a referendum on PR rather than legislation, means that fond hope has been trashed for the foreseeable future.
Labour – never after Iraq.
Tories and anything to the right of them – obviously not.
So looks like the Greens for me by default. And at the Euro elections my vote actually DOES count.Posted 3 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
I’m not. Only the three main parties and the fruit loops are standing where I live. I’ve not even the opportunity of a protest vote.
Basically, what you’re saying is that you can’t be arsed to vote, which is a disgusting attitude in itself. I’d be embarrassed to admit that I wasn’t going to vote in an election, be it local, general, or EU.
I turned up and just wrote “SPOILED” across the whole ballot paper. You could easily have done the same. It is an INSANE privilege to be able to do that and you clearly don’t realise how lucky you are to have the opportunity.
Being able to vote is one thing; being able to say, safely, that you think all the parties on the form are a crock of shit with no comeback is something else entirely.
If you can’t even be bothered to drag yourself to the polling station – I mean, you could even have cast a postal vote and not even needed to leave the house – then you can’t expect to criticise the incumbent parties. Or UKIP. Or the BNP. Or the greens.Posted 3 years agoSandwichSubscriber
My wives and I’s postal vote was delivered next door, they kindly gave it to me yesterday when i got home from work as they hadn’t seen me for a few days
Submit the form at the polling station, it will count. Voting on the way home tonight, there may be drawing rather than X on the ballot.Posted 3 years ago
Haha, the ol’ pitchforks are out today.
You must be crazy if you think your little bit of paper is actually going to change anything. Sure it might put a different bum on a seat – but they’re just be serving the same bulls*t as the bloke before him.
Yes, I sure am privileged to live under this illusion. There is a reason turnouts are falling year on year, because people are waking up and realising this. If it makes you feel better (possibly in the same way people believe in god for an afterlife) then go ahead put your little scribble on a piece of paper and take comfort in knowing you changed a large piece of history.Posted 3 years ago
I presume you’ve started your own grass roots party aimed at righting the wrongs then? Or joined one of the main stream parties with a view to fundamentally changing their constitution?
Or are you just smugly mocking whilst sat on your arse doing nothing?Posted 3 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
You must be crazy if you think your little bit of paper is actually going to change anything.
I must be crazy then.
As someone else said: it’s not a perfect system, but it’s the best we have.
I realise that nothing will ever be perfect, but my ballot is a drop in the ocean of having a say in how this country is run. That’s called democracy.
There are other ways to change a country, but few that purely require me to put a cross next to the party I think would do the best job of running the country, or representing my area in Europe.Posted 3 years ago
Or are you just smugly mocking whilst sat on your arse doing nothing?
You go ahead and continue to think you can change the system… it’ll plough on regardless of what we all think. You’re under the illusion that whatever party your bit of paper votes in is actually in charge, and makes the decisions. Politicians are just the puppets.Posted 3 years agomiketuallySubscriber
I voted on my way to work this morning; I think I was the 12th person to go to our polling station and the clerks in there looked like they were prepared for a long, boring day.
I voted Green, which seems to be the new choice for those of us who were fooled into thinking the Lib Dems were a progressive party.Posted 3 years agodazhSubscriber
There are other ways to change a country, but few that purely require me to put a cross next to the party I think would do the best job of running the country, or representing my area in Europe.
You’ve expressed in one sentence exactly what the problem is. The greatest irony of what we call ‘democracy’ is that it has removed the power from the people which it claims to provide. It’s the illusion of choice and power, when in reality all you’re voting for is more of the same.
And don’t give me the ‘people died for it’ rubbish. You really think the Suffragettes, Tolpuddle Martyrs or any of the millions who died in the wars would look at today’s society and think this was worth dying for? Many of the things they fought for have been destroyed or so watered down that they wouldn’t recognise them any more.Posted 3 years agoBigDummySubscriber
I don’t even begin to understand what it is that the suffragettes fought for that has been so utterly destroyed that voting is no longer worthwhile.
(I would quite like to understand this novel claim, so happy to read your thoughts on the subject. It just strikes me as a rather odd idea.)Posted 3 years ago
So if apathy is not the appropriate response, and democracy does nothing to make change – what is the answer?
There are huge numbers of people out there who are not going to be voting because they feel exactly the same. Thinking their so called ‘vote’ will change nothing.Posted 3 years ago
Democracy does nothing to make change…..Errr….
i think the voting that’s going on the minute and in the near future may lead to the break up of the UK, the UK leaving the european union – do you not think these are significant issues? If you don’t you’re clearly thick and we’d all benefit from your abstention.
Also you can get involved in any campaigning group that suits your own perspective whether that be Greenpeace of the EDL they do influence policy directly and indirectly.Posted 3 years ago
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