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

They're not voting because...

Politicians are self serving egoists...

Politicians are self serving egoists; themselves first, part second and public third (if we're lucky). They promise the earth to get elected and then ignore the electorate for the next 4/5 years.

written 18th Apr 2005


Michael Harris replies: I occassionally devote my weekends to helping a political party. It sickens me that political debate and politicians themselves are abused with cheap ad hominem attacks. If you don't like the current political system, or your local M.P. then go and join your local constituency party and vote to oust them. Only by engaging in the political process can you expect your opinions to become valid. Most of the views on this website are indicative of the self-obsessed nation we have become, politicals is about collective action. If you don't like a party then get involved and change it - though don't expect political parties to exactly represent your views, this isn't going to happen. In the fifties, over three million people were a member of either the Tory Party or the Labour Party. Stop being self-indulgent and get involved.

written 18th Apr 2005

Ed replies: Michael, I congratulate you on your willingness to give up your personal time for something you believe in. Through the course of my job I have met many politicians, local and national, of most political persuasions; the one thing they all had in common, was their own self importance. Most politicians seem to believe everyone else should be grateful for their involvement. My own personal opinion, and it is my opinion, I do not force it on anyone else, is that anyone who wants to be involved in politics should be banned from doing so.

written 19th 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.