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

They're not voting because...

don't complain....

when Labour introduces ID cards, imposes further restrictions on my freedom, tells lies about a rogue state possessing weapons of mass destruction, etc or when the Conservatives come in a screw up the economy, cut spending on public services, make people lose their jobs and homes I will have no reason to complain as I didn't vote.

written 12th Apr 2005

Responses

Andy replies: By 'rogue state' I assume you mean the USA?

written 12th Apr 2005

azad replies: rogue states being discussed here...
http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/election2005/archives/2005/04/11/dont_mention_the_war.html

written 13th Apr 2005

azad replies: rogue states being discussed here (2)...
http://tinyurl.com/635po

pls try this link instead.

written 13th Apr 2005

azad replies: rogue states being discussed here (2)...
http://tinyurl.com/635po

pls try this link instead.

written 13th Apr 2005

Anonymous replies: "don't complain.... when Labour introduces ID cards, imposes further restrictions on my freedom, tells lies about a rogue state possessing weapons of mass destruction"

Agreed, but the Conservatives would not be any different in this regard.

The number one desire of ANY Government is to stay in power (because that is the only way that they can continue to control the country according to their own particular agenda). The motivations of any Party (no matter how well meaning intially) soon becomes displaced by the drive to remain in power. Even those with supposedly "good intentions" soon realise that they can't implement these intentions if they are not in power. So ultimately all Governments become obsessed with self-preservation and, over a period of time, become prepared to do whatever it takes to remain in power.

Thus draconian measures to monitor and control the population may seem unfeasible and undesirable while in opposition, but they soon become recognised as a means maintaining their grip on the Country, which could then be used to politcical ends.

Don't think that something like this could happen? Just look at what is going on right now with Postal Voting in marginal seats. Why are there postal ballot request increases of 400% in marginal seats, but not anywhere else?

Another example: Look at Labour's scathing criticism of how the Tory Goverment massaged unemployment figures to make them look much lower than they actually were (effectively accusing the Tories of 'lieing' about unemployement numbers) . Tens of thousands of people were not counted under the Conservative Government's new unemployment figures. Yet did the unemployment figures dramatically rise under a Labour Government due to the correct numbers being used? No. Labour suddenly went very quiet and just continued to use the Tory method of counting that they so criticised in opposition.

Likewise, the Conservatives may "say" they are "concerned" or even opposed to issues like ID cards, RFID tracking, central citizen databases etc. but if they became the Government, they would soon realise the vast power that these systems would give them over the population, and they would just take advantage of the seeds that Labour had sown previously.

Couple this with the fact that huge sections of the general public are total morons (who believe rubbish like 'ID cards will prevent Terrorism') and you have a population that will in no way resist even the most Orwellian intrusions into their life because they think that Civil Liberty / Privacy is a utopian myth (rather than any kind of human right).

written 16th Apr 2005

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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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