They're not voting because...
- Have to vote absentee ballot (not in...
List of reasons:
Have to vote absentee ballot (not in UK), didn't find out until *after* the deadline had passed.
UK still has a representative democracy, not a real democracy. (read this as an elected aristocracy, it amounts to the same thing)
Parties are a terrible idea - how can you agree with a manifesto? Answer you can't, I agree with X of one and Y of another and Z of yet another - oh and endorsing either X, Y, or Z means ignoring the two options that I'd really like to support.
Tories: Jingoistic, racist, whatever, I have a "foreign", "immigration-seeking" wife - think I'll vote for them?
Labour: ID card bill, Prevention of Terrorism Act, WMD, Iraq, Suspension of habeas corpus,Trial by jury limitations - Blair, Blunkett and Jack Straw are 3 of the most right-wing politicians that have ever had a sniff of power in the UK.
One last thought:written 8th Apr 2005
When enough people give up on the political process, doesn't it suggest that the process needs to be changed? Free-market capitalism with a dash of democracy is no longer viewed as the best option, we should change the system - problem is that trying to do so is at best extremely difficult.