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As an expatriate UK Citizen I'm disenfranchised...

As an expatriate UK Citizen I'm disenfranchised.
I know no-one in the constituency I used to live in, and I can't register to vote at my parents' address.

written 6th May 2005


Max replies: Why aren't you voting in your adopted country?

written 6th May 2005

G. Holt replies: Not many expats retain a vote when they emigrate, but provided application is made within 15 years of emigrating I bslieve it is quite possible to retain a vote in the UK. I didn;t realize this until it was too late for me to apply. If I had had a vote I would have given it to the Liberal Democrats because that Party had indicated that they would at long, long last right the disgraceful pension injustice they suffer if they emigrate to Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Souht Africa. If they settle in virtually any other country in the world they remain entitled to the same Age Pension as those who remain in the UK. But if they settle in one of these four countries, immediately their pension ceases to be Index llinked, so that with the affect of inflation each year if become worth less. It seems unblievable that this blatant discrimination has continued year after year. It is totally illogical thatthe country of residence should affect the amount of one's pension. It's as crazy as if the Government were to ordain that all dark haired people were to receive less than fair haired ones! Let's hope that the Liberal Democratat will remember their promise and use their voting power to force Labour to rectify this glaring injustice.

written 6th May 2005

Tiger43 replies: I recommend you move back to this great country of ours and come the next election, you will be able to vote to your hearts content.

written 6th May 2005

Richard Dyason replies: Firstly, Australia is not my 'adpted' country - I hate it.

Secondly I too feel disenfranchised, but DO vote in Australia - Laobor(sic) of course.

Thirdly, I will be returning to the beautiful country of England in September this year. My wife and I are having a narrowboat built in Mirfield West Yorkshire. We shall also be puchasing a home in the UK.

All of this paid for by the Australian Governmnet - Quite a laugh eh?

written 7th May 2005

About Not Apathetic

NotApathetic was built so that people who are planning not to vote in the UK General Election on May 5th can tell the world why. We won't try to persuade you that voting is a good or a bad idea - we're just here to record and share your explanations. Whether ideological, practical or other, any reason will do.

A lot of users would like us to mention that if you spoil your ballot paper, it will be counted. So if you want to record a vote for "none of the above", you can.