They're not voting because...
- Northern Ireland elections... what's the point?
I live in Northern Ireland, if anyone can give me a good reason to
vote i'd be glad to hear it.
As things stand our elected polititians have no input into the running of this state, all decisions concerning health, transport, education etc. are made by civil servants appointed by whoever happens to be in Downing
street (something we have no say in).
So, Northern Ireland falls further and further behind both the Irish
Republic and the rest of the U.K. as our polititians squabble over flags,
the right to march, or whether Northern Ireland should even exist, leaving the people to live with a second rate infrastructure, healthcare, job prospects etc.
I feel that by voting i am endorsing this farce, the incompetence, impotence and downright stupidity of both our polititians and the political setup of this state.
If we are really a part of the U.K we should have the chance to vote
Labour, Tory or Lib Dem, Parties that will end up making decisions (good or bad) that affect us.
I want to be given the opportunity to cast a vote based on real political issues & concerns, rather than what side of the sectarian divide i find myself on.written 4th May 2005
Max replies: You say "I want to be given the opportunity to cast a vote based on real political issues & concerns, rather than what side of the sectarian divide i find myself on."written 4th May 2005
So you admit you are part of that sectarian divide. The sooner Irish workers realise that they have a common interest in ridding themselves of their exploiters, instead of squabbling amongst themselves over which mumblings to utter to an unproven entity, then the sooner we can move to a system of social equality.
Have you noticed this sectarianism doesn't occur in the richer areas of Northern Ireland? Those at the bottom of the pile find themselves looking for another group to blame for their situation. In fact, both are to blame for the continuation of the exploitation, because that's what they vote for at every election. Choosing whether to be exploited by a Catholic or Protestant master is not a solution.
Jax replies: Any agnostics standing?written 5th May 2005