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Not Apathetic

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

They're not voting because...

Apparently all the people who are not...

Apparently all the people who are not voting are simply content and complacent. Their 'apathy' is a direct result of comfortable affluence and the minimal differences in emphasis between the two major parties who have apparently agreed a statist, social democratic, agenda of state spending in the three areas of the NHS, Education and I forget the third one.

This is bull - most of the people I encounter are either simply deeply indifferent and disengaged or actively cynical and disillusioned. It doesn't take a genius to work out that the system is deeply undemocratic with less than 2% of the electorate in marginal seats deciding the outcome. 40% of the 59% voting last time produced a totally disproprtionate majority of 150 seats for Bliar. MP's who openly aver that they 'are not delegates' change party mid term (some even doing a double switch) without having the integrity to stand down and contend a by election. The system does not even require them to do so. This is a slap in the face for 'democracy' and most of all the deluded voters.

Lord Hailsham recognised the phenomenon of 'elective dictatorship' in Thatcher's days. And this is what we have today - voting as an act is one of meek submission that simply grants a blank cheque to those in charge of the political party that has massaged the electoral boundaries and surfs the system most skilfully. Bliar has the most amazing gall and arrogance - today (19th April) I heard him on the radio accusing the Tories of concentrating on the marginals in order to 'get in by the back door'. This from the man whose party is doing precisely the same thing - writing personal letters to marginal swing voters that even get backed up by personal telephone calls from ministers of the crown! Bliar's attitude suggests either that he is relentlessly cynical or supremely self-delusional.

Whatever the cause is of voter indifference, the 'none of the above' party will form the biggest constituency at the forthcoming election' and relentlessly continue to grow.

written 20th 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.