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Not Apathetic

Tell the world why you're not voting - don't let your silence go unheard

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To vote for a candidate is to give your aproval for their policies, to grant them the right to represent your franchise in Parliament. I do not want to give either to the avalible candidates. Basicly, this is a slighty more elaborate version pf the 'none of the above' argument.
Currently all the parties fail to recognise the simple fact that the purpose of a government is to serve - not to rule. The monarch is the one who rules (and does so perfectly in my opinion - ie not at all). In America, they pay at least lip service to the concept of 'public service', and do so vocally. Here they speak of 'leadership' and 'government'.
The state directly controls about 40% of domestic product. If you include indirect influence they exert far more control. They're running the 'I don't do politics' adverts on TV again. For at least half of the examples, all I can say is why is that a matter for politics?
The government takes our money and decides what we want for it - yet fails to recognize that many of us don't want anything from them - of rather want what we want, not the approximate 'one size fits all' offering from the state. The best form of government is none at all, that it is needed is a necessary evil, and my 'apathy' stems from this - I disapprove of all the options, because they fail to recognize that idea.

written 8th Apr 2005

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Peter replies: Just a few points I realised after posting:
a) I do vote in the US (I'm dual national)
b) Spoiled ballots may be counted, but they are counted as spoiled, not "none of the above". Thus, they're a waste of time to fill out ... and to count.

written 8th Apr 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.

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