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Theres no election for me. I have serious...

Theres no election for me. I have serious political interests and believe that the next Government will have a historic impact on the outcome of society for the next 50 years. I have considered all my options and am very depressed.

The party that best represents my concerns is not standing in this constituency so I will have to consider giving my vote to a party that doesnt fully cover my concerns and has some policies I absolutely reject but they have precious little chance of winning the seat anyway.

I live in a rock-solid constituency where, for the last few elections, even the combined vote for all the losers doesnt surpass the winners vote. When I write expressing my concerns on various issues, he only pursues those few that he agrees with, and of those he disagrees with he just forwards my concerns onto the Government and forwards me their reply. So if I want to unseat him whose party has precious little chance of forming a government anyway - I will have to resort to tactical voting.

Usually tactical voting takes place in marginal constituencies to deny or endorse an MP from a party that has a chance of forming a Government. But in this case tactical voting is as meaningless as voting for any of my choices.

I must be one of thousands, if not millions, of people who are effectively disenfranchised and I have to ask myself Is it worth voting?. But for a small number the undecided in marginal constituencies they hold the balance of power in the country. Is this just? Is it fair?

When will get a meaningful election process in this country. I was speaking to a retired doctor recently who snorted with derision when I said that at least we live in democracy. He said he had voted all his life and had never had anyone represent his views at Parliament. I dont want to get to the end of my life feeling so impotent, frustrated and disengaged.

Jeremy Wire

written 20th Apr 2005


James replies: I agree - why not at least have 'ghost' MP for each party for every constituency - ok, this risks splitting votes, but I've always been put off by the fact that I lived somewhere where the party I wanted to vote for didn't stand.
Can't we just have a simple system where you get to vote for your local / national government and then you count all the votes at that level and the winner is the one with the most votes? Why add layers of complication?
We have MPs representing safe areas of the country who have little relation to that area in order to ensure they make it through to the next round, well, all we need do is have a spare seat if a party without a local representative wins locally which a member from elsewhere in the country can have - the party can pick them if they like.

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.