They're not voting because...
- None of the parties represent my views...
None of the parties represent my views. If I vote for any party, they take it as a mandate to do anything they want.written 21st Apr 2005
Party Political Poster campaigns are not required to be legal, decent, honest and truthful. Even normal advertising is more carefully vetted.
Political parties are not mandated by law to do what they promise in their manifestos! And they frequently change their minds after being elected.
I talked to my MP once, and he wasn't interested in hearing the views of his constituents - he was more interested in his own bias and the party line.
A Disillusioned Belfaster replies: I've turned 18 just in time to vote, but there's a problem. I live in Northern Ireland. My vote will not have the slightest say on who makes it into Downing street because none of the main parties will have anything to do with us. And I can't blame them.written 21st Apr 2005
Within local politics, I can find no party I would trust with power. The Northern Ireland Assembly is currently in a state of deadlock because the DUP childishly refuses to sit in the same room as Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein are caching in on this situation, playing the martyr very convincingly, while making very little real progress at all.
I picked up a propaganda card from one of my local politicians yesterday. It had 5 points. Oppose, oppose, retain, restore and argue. It then ended with the line "Sinn Fein are unfit for government and must be excluded".
Sinn Fein's comeback to this is on their literature "...allowing us to challenge the discrimination and inequalities which still exist in our society."
It's not that I don't care - I just can't see a viable choice for someone who wants to see past the petty sectarian grievances my society has so deeply ingrained in its psyche.