I was lucky enough to attend a brilliant current affairs debate a week ago (thank you Institute of Ideas!), which asked simply: Is there anyone worth voting for?
It was a pretty open discussion, which managed to bring up a huge range of issues. Some laid into Conservative inheritance tax policies, while others contested the Lib Dem’s rejection of the Trident nuclear programme along the way. Partly because of this, no one was able to argue a convincing response. It seems that it’s both within your right in a democracy to choose not to vote, while you’re simultaneously rejecting democracy by not actively choosing your political future…
I don’t agree with not voting. We’re fortunate enough to be given the choice of who and which party represents our political interests, and people have spent their lives fighting for this right. By not voting you’re giving away this hard-won freedom through sheer apathy.
It seems like British politics will continue to be about the less of three evils for the forseeable future. This isn’t ideal, but it’s a start. Look at what’s being offered and decide what kind of future you want for yourself, your family and your friends. And if you still can’t decide, try this:
Finally, if you’re still torn between parties/ utterly disgusted by what you see, then spoil your ballot paper. You’d be making the effort to register your vote and that vote would register your unhappiness with politics as is. Vote for “none of the above” and you’re giving a clear signal to all parties that there’s room for improvement.