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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...

Voting is the fig leaf that covers up...

Voting is the fig leaf that covers up our lack of real choice, and participating in this occasional piece of public theatre just supports it. Actual shifts in power are almost always achieved by direct action and visible protest.

All 3 parties have identified the same basic position to fight for, which is supposedly moderate, but which I consider to be radically anti-social, nationalistic only in useless ways and supportive of a social system based on a narrow upper middle class/aristocracy and a broad group of poor. Nonetheless, they manufacture an image of ideological difference in order to lure customers to their own brand, and spend a great deal of time and effort on maintaining it. Thank God that, unlike the US, we have a professional, unelectable civil service that can actually administrate, free of the need to chase poll ratings.

In short, given the option, I would choose to vote actively against all three main contenders.

written 8th 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.