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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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I do not feel that there is a single...

I do not feel that there is a single party that is credibly capable of forming a government that has any interest other than electioneering in the bad sense - focus groups, twisting words, half-hearted sentiments and limp-wristed handshakes - let alone a genuine ideological agenda in the same region as mine. I identify most with Orange Book liberals, who are an ineffectual minority within an ineffectual parliamentary party whose ideals, governed as they are by an internally conflicting background of social democratism and liberalism, are hazy and changeable at best. The two leading parties are such squabbling rabbles, with such desperate would-be demagogues as leaders, that voting for them would be anathema. Of course I could get involved, and after the election I intend to: I am a paid-up member of the Lib Dems and will become a far more active member after May. But the trend against genuine political current towards media-market led vote grabbing is inescapable, and leaves you feeling an acute sense of futility at any act of political 'involvement'. I shan't merely abstain; like, I suspect, many others, I'll be spoiling my ballot (probably quite graphically). Not that it will make a blind bit of difference. Aye, there's the rub.

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.