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

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In truth, I will vote, as long as my...

In truth, I will vote, as long as my voting card arrives. I also believe that voting should be compulsory, even if you spoil your ballot paper or they add a 'none of the above' option (preferably with an option to say why).
Whilst this site seems to be proving that there are a large number of people who choose not to vote for a variety of reasons (some clearly more valid than others), I'm sorry to say that of the proportion of people who don't vote at all, I'm convinced that the majority of non-voters fail to turn out because they simply can't be arsed.

written 14th Apr 2005

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Jeffrey replies: Or that they feel it has no effect. My 1 vote will have very little effect on the overal outcome. Plus I have never seen or heard of the candidates in my constituency. And 1 hour of my time to get to a polling station, vote and come back really isn't worth it.

written 14th Apr 2005

SW replies: Yup, can't be arsed is dead right. I can't be arsed, for a load of (IMO) very good reasons; not least amongst them is that I am vehemently opposed to the idea that we need a centralised government at all.

written 14th Apr 2005

Gavin replies: What would you prefer, SW? A return to warring tribes perhaps? ;-)

written 14th Apr 2005

SW replies: I could explain in detail but I just can't be arsed ;o) Warringh tribes would be more democratic - and more natural; man is, after all, an animal, with animal drives. But no; direct democracy is the answer. The system we have today is an anachronism; it dates back to times when communications (transport and tele) were difficult if not impossible. Today we have the post; internet; text messaging; interactive TV; etc etc. We could quite easily make our own decisions and decide which issues are important. We don't need a bunch of fat old men talking shop in a talking shop shop and deciding for us what we need or what is good for us. We could and should be doing it ourselves.

written 14th Apr 2005

monkeynuts replies: yeah yeah, participative democracy is a fine idea in theory, but it's ridiculously impractical.

I'm all in favour of increasing participation in the democratic process, but there simply aren't enough people with enough time, education or inclination to make properly informed decisions on executive policy.

As I see it, the only practical solution to increasing participation is to devolve certain policy and spending decisions to regional government, which tends to be more representative of the local communities, and allow for local residents the opportunity to help shape the local policy.

Do you honestly believe that if such a large proportion of the citizens of this country don't vote in the bits of democracy they can participate in, they would somehow magically be more motivated to take part in a decision on policy issues?

You'd end up with a small number of people who consider themselves to be 'enlightened' bothering to take part in the decision-making, looking after their own vested interests (or those of the highest bidder). Which isn't massively different to what we have now.

written 15th Apr 2005

Andy replies: Monkey, have to argue the "ridiculously impractical" part of your comments, it's perfectly practical if someone could be bothered to invest some time into it.

I think you might find that people would be more inclined to vote, and more often, if they felt their vote actually did something.

As I said on my original comment on this site, no matter who I vote for my wishes and what I want are irrelevant. However, if I could make a direct vote on certain issues; well, that is a whole new ball game.

written 15th Apr 2005

TL replies: "people would be more inclined to vote, and more often, if they felt their vote actually did something."

Totally agree.

written 15th Apr 2005

Al replies: "fat old men, talking shop in a talking shop shop"

I can't stop laughing at that line!

The idea's a nice one, it'll never happen - not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.!

written 15th Apr 2005

Michael replies: monkeynuts on 15th Apr 2005 wrote:
"yeah yeah, participative democracy is a fine idea in theory, but it's ridiculously impractical.
I'm all in favour of increasing participation in the democratic process, but there simply aren't enough people with enough time, education or inclination to make properly informed decisions on executive policy."

The reforms which we propose would give the electorate an option to put some bit of "executive policy" up for public debate, detailed scrutiny and if necessary referendum. What you call "ridiculously impractical", for instance citizens' initiative, selective veto of gov. bills, recall of elected persons, have already been up and running for many years in countries similar to ours.

See arguments http://www.iniref.org/case.html
and proposals, resources http://www.iniref.org/index.html

written 15th Apr 2005

Michael replies: monkeynuts on 15th Apr 2005 wrote:
"yeah yeah, participative democracy is a fine idea in theory, but it's ridiculously impractical.
I'm all in favour of increasing participation in the democratic process, but there simply aren't enough people with enough time, education or inclination to make properly informed decisions on executive policy."

The reforms which we propose would give the electorate an option to put some bit of "executive policy" up for public debate, detailed scrutiny and if necessary referendum. What you call "ridiculously impractical", for instance citizens' initiative, selective veto of gov. bills, recall of elected persons, have already been up and running for many years in countries similar to ours.

See arguments http://www.iniref.org/case.html
and proposals, resources http://www.iniref.org/index.html

written 15th Apr 2005

M.Gandhi replies: Gavin seems to think that Government represents an advance on "warring tribes."

In fact warring tribes have never killed a fraction of the number people wiped out - and still being wiped out - by governments.

As my great namesake, Mahatma Gandhi once put it when he was asked what he thought of Western civilisation: "I think it would be a good idea."

written 16th 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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