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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...

All of the major issues - Economics, ...

All of the major issues - Economics, Healthcare, Education, Environment etc require LONG TERM strategies based on solid funding and research.

The failure of the Treasury's yearly spending review system is the sole reason why PFI/PPP projects are actually embraced by many of our public services. It ensures long-term and stable income flows which they hope will enable better planning and management - even if the costs are higher than tradtional state-funding would have allowed.

A five year electoral cycle that provides nothing but an extended ad-campaign for short-term bribes to would-be voters *cannot* provide workable solutions to these problems.

Furthermore, successive governments' support for the bankrupt and indefensible polices of the WTO, IMF and the World Bank have actually reduced our influence over our own affairs to a greater extent than the European project that so many seem to consider a major threat.

For these reasons I refuse to legitimate any of the political parties, and have withdrawn my mandate permanently.

I look forward to the day when turnout falls so low that Westminster is forced to replace the current system with one that is actually equipped to deal with the real world, and which stops short-changing the people it claims to serve.

written 18th 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.