They're not voting because...
- I am not voting because we live in a...
I am not voting because we live in a "formal" democracy not a "real" democracy. Political parties are reduced to little more than a handful of leaders who are totally out of touch with the needs of the people. Through the party machinery, powerful interests finance candidates and then dictate the policies they must follow.written 26th Apr 2005
Miss Dipsy replies: This is certainly true of the main parties, but not of most of the smaller ones. OK, so most of them don't even stand a chance of getting a single seat in parliament, but you could be lucky to live in an area where a smaller party has a lot of support and has some chance of winning, or at least getting enough of the vote to give the bigger parties a shock. Unfortunately not many of us do!written 26th Apr 2005
glenneroo replies: true true, same as in the US... only the Ds and Rs make it to the top, although realistically voters would have voted for somebody entirely different to represent them, but its just the way the system is...written 26th Apr 2005
Michael M. replies: Voting for a candidate and party once every five or so years, basing your choice (or guess) on a manifesto and bunch of promises, is just not a good system. We can select problems and ideas as "issues" to be debated by the people and voted upon. If government neglects some important problem or strays way off course then we can intervene with a veto referendum. All this is possible with the methods of direct democracy. More detail is at http://www.iniref.org/written 26th Apr 2005
Tiger43 replies: To poster..... I agree. I would much prefer an informal democracy, at least then I could dress in a more casual way instead of shirt and tie at work. (Its the shirt collar round my neck), its very annoying, probably a bit starchy. Any suggestions as to how I can make it more comfortable?written 26th Apr 2005