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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'm a socialist, and there is no socialist...

I'm a socialist, and there is no socialist party left in Britain any more.

written 23rd Apr 2005


Gavin replies: ...Thankfully...

written 23rd Apr 2005

Tom Cochrane replies: Yes there is... and it is getting a large share of the vote.

written 23rd Apr 2005

Anonymous replies: well england then :)

written 23rd Apr 2005

Tom Cochrane replies: Why not move here?

written 23rd Apr 2005

Max replies: Tom Cochrane says there is a Scottish Socialist Party, but this is a reformist party, formerly Militant who tried to steal the name of The Socialist Party of Great Britain who are standing a candidate in Vauxhall in London.
See their manifesto at
If you don't live in Vauxhall, you can still support them in other ways.

written 1st May 2005

Julie replies: Vote Lib Dem - they may be a long long way from socialism but they're the only major party who advocate proportional representation. Without PR even if there was a socialist alternative in England they wouldn't get a look in.

written 2nd May 2005

Max replies: Julie, you are wrong. When a majority want socialism, it can only be established by an overwhelming majority--proportional representation will thus be an irrelevance. Without that overwhelming majority to support its running socialism could not function.
Socialism meaning the common ownership of the means of production and distribution (not including "exchange" as the Labour Party would have it--or had it--if things are held in common, there would be no use for banks)by and in the interest of the whole community, with production for need, not profit.
Also, socialism could not be established just in England (do you mean Britain?), but on a worldwide basis.
To establish socialism will involve much more than putting your cross against a socialist candidate's name and waiting for socialism to be established on your behalf--it would involve your total commitment to that new system of social equality.

written 2nd May 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.