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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 don't trust Labour or the Conservatives...

I don't trust Labour or the Conservatives. I don't know what the Lib Dems stand for anymore. Whoever gets in will put up tax and use tricks with words to say it doesn't contradict what they had previously said. All three main parties support state funding of religeous schools which, as an atheist, I am against. I live in a safe conservative seat. Whatever way I vote, the Conservative MP will be returned. By voting I only give legitamacy to a system that is unfair, unrepresentave and supports goverments voted in by a minority of the population claiming a positive mandate. The euphemisms that they use to put spin (bias) onto what they are say is accepted by the media. "Hard working families". As opposed to "Lazy money grabbing families" perhaps? etc etc.

written 25th Apr 2005


Gavin replies: I'd have to go along with pretty much all of that.

The Religious Schools thing is a dreadful idea. Britain could copy the fantastic example of Northern Ireland, where religious schools divide up communities. How anyone could think it will unite communities, I don't know. Dividing kids up on the basis of their parents' religion is a missed opportunity for beginning relations with varied ways of life at an early age. It also tends to smooth out people's beliefs. But, of course, that's not what fundamentalist religious leaders want - it's all about indoctrination. If it really kicks off the way they say it will, I may have to seriously condsider moving to France before I have any kids.

BTW, the National Secular Society are a good place for info on such things...

written 25th Apr 2005

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