They're not voting because...
- A life-long Labour voter I feel that...
As a life-long Labour voter I feel that I cannot give them my vote this time around purely because of the unecessary war in Iraq. I may vote Lib Dem but to be honest I live in such a Tory stronghold my vote is wasted at the best of times.written 19th Apr 2005
idle replies: No vote is wasted. Just get realistic about how much your vote counts whatever party you choose. A vote that is not for the govt. reduces their 'mandate'.written 19th Apr 2005
Roger Smith replies: >unecessary war in Iraq
The reasons given were not the right ones, but the war was necessary to get rid of that despot saddam who was killing his own poeple. Or is it a case of 'we are ok so why should I care about anyone else?' To do nothing would have been a bigger crime.written 19th Apr 2005
Matt K replies: No vote is wasted, eh? If you live in a nice safe constituency, it doesn't matter whether you vote against the sitting MP - they'll still get in. It's the same whether 2,000 or 20,000 vote against them, as long as they get the most votes.written 19th Apr 2005
As for reducing their mandate as a tactic, will they care? Only about 24% of the electorate voted for the government last time around, and look at the size of their majority. If their mandate goes down to even 20% - i.e. having 80% of voters not supporting them - they'll still be in a position to do anything they like and claim that they were democratically elected.
Ray replies: Roger: If reasons were wrong (no WMDs, no terrorism etc) then the war was illegal. It also had no UN mandate. Since when we start going to war in current civilized world to remove dictators. if so do you support war against Cuba, North Korea, Zambabwe or these countries do not matter as these are not neighbours of Israel nad do not have oil or oil piplines projects either. By the way, the most UN resolutions have been torn apart by Israel alone and has huge nuclear arsenal. Perhaps these do not count as at the moment they rule US mindset.written 19th Apr 2005