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

They're not voting because...

The electoral system is a sham

The electoral system is a sham which serves no purpose but to give us an illusion of control over our society.

The only power we have is through action and organisation. Tennant's groups, unions, campaigns can change things, but voting never will. The only time any government improves things for the majority, as opposed to the ruling minority, is when we force them to.

I met an ex-MP a while back who quit because the power was "all with the civil service and the corporations". I agree. Most of our day is ruled by employers not politicians anyway.

One day, we will create a directly democratic society, and then I will vote. But in the meantime, I'll stick to organising and taking action directly to improve my life. Voting in a sham would only help to legitimise it.

written 17th Apr 2005


gwroe replies: I am very sympathetic with your views, but the only way we are going to change the electoral system is voting for politicians that want to change it. Why not try the Greens?

written 17th Apr 2005

sans replies: I do agree with your views. But I must say change does happen albeit the pace is slower than most of us would wish for.

Nad yes, vote for a policitian who is sympathetic with your views as gwroe pointed out.

written 17th 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.