They're not voting because...
- There is no candidate standing in my...
There is no candidate standing in my constituency that I can actively endorse and no party that properly represents my views.
I would like to vote for a Green Party candidate, but there isn't one.written 3rd May 2005
David replies: Well, vote for whoever is closest, thats absolutely no exuse.written 3rd May 2005
RKP replies: Then why not join the Green Party and stand for them in your area next time. It really is that easy.written 3rd May 2005
Alistair replies: That's the thing. There isn't even anyone close and after breaches of trust on several levels by every party with a candidate standing, none of them get my vote.written 3rd May 2005
Alistair replies: RKP - Easy? Riiight.
This area is so full of rancid Tory voters that I'm leaving it as soon as I can anyway, so hopefully next time it won't be a problem.written 3rd May 2005
Tiger43 replies: You might find a candidate sitting in your constituency, if you look carefully. There quite illusive, allmost nocturnal.written 3rd May 2005
Alistair replies: Nope.
Just the main three, plus the vile UKIP and Veritas.written 3rd May 2005
Screaming Lord Sutch replies: The spelling here is appalling. Vote for the Monsters and we will eradicate bad spelling forever.
www.omrlp.comwritten 3rd May 2005
tiger43 replies: It iss my rite as a frea purson too spelle badleewritten 3rd May 2005
Alistair replies: I actually have voted for Lord Sutch.
The very last time he stood, in the Winchester by-election. He did a free show in the town, that I went to, so the least I could do was vote for him.written 3rd May 2005
RKP replies: Yes Alistair, it is easy. The Greens haven't got enough candidates otherwise you would have one in your area, wouldn't you? If you joined and wanted to get active, they'd jump at the chance.
Of course, you could just sit on you arse and moan.written 4th May 2005
Alistair replies: To RKP - Umm.. no. Wanting to vote for a party that doesn't have someone standing in my constituency doesn't mean that I have any obligation whatsoever to stand myself or lose the right to complain if I won't.
I have no desire whatsoever to enter politics.
Not liking the situation doesn't mean I'm just sitting on my arse and moaning, or being apathetic. I actually consider it to be a much more principled stand to not vote for candidates you don't like or support instead of the wishy-washy 'vote for whoever is closest' position.
I'm really sick of the 'If you don't vote you don't have a right to complain' nonsense, which is just rhetoric dreamed up to try to convince people to vote for people they don't like.
I'm going to go in to spoil a ballot, to show that I'm not just an apathetic stay-at-home, but that I'm unwilling to give an endorsement either.written 4th May 2005