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

They're not voting because...

I shan't be voting in this general election...

I shan't be voting in this general election because I no longer believe we have a democratic system.

In today's predominantly two-party system, party leaders must learn to control their parties in order to achieve leadership.

This means that when they assume power, control of parliament rests effectively in the Prime Minister's hands. It is a form of dictatorship.

The House of Lords provides little in the way of checks and balances (and is itself by definition, non-democratic)

Add to this state of affairs that the election can be won or lost in less than 200 marginal seats (or fewer than 800,000 votes), the opinions of the majority can never be expressed.

Our democracy is dead.

written 18th Apr 2005


piersh replies: Wasn't it ever thus? Somehow you need to balance the need to be accountable to the people with the need to have effective governments, unlike Italy with its annual change of PM & massive corruption. I think you have an idealised view of what democracy can deliver.

written 18th 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.