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Remember to Vote Today!

Well, I might be feeling like shit today but it is election day. Polling Stations in my area (and presumably yours too) are open until 10PM this evening.

I'm intending to wander out to vote around lunch time as I can then combine it with a short hunter-gatherer type trip to the shops to track down todays feeding delights :-p

If everyone that thought 'my vote doesn't count' or 'why vote Green/UKIP/Respect/BNP/whatever' went and voted it could have a massive impact on the putcome of the elections. Just think if turnout is 30% in your area if everyone else voted Green (or another small party) then they would get in on a massive majority. By not voting you are depriving your party a chance to make a difference and represent your views locally, nationally, or internationally.

It's also important to vote if you are anti-party 'X' to help make sure they do not get into power due to general apathy or (depending on your hated party) retain power to do more damage.

The extreme parties generally motivate their voters a lot better than the moderates do, which is another reason you should go and vote. Don't let parties such as the BNP even get a glimmer of hope they have a future.


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Jun. 10th, 2004 02:45 am (UTC)
I know - I must admit, I am highly concerned about the BNP gaining some success out of this :( *worried*

Then again, it would be interesting if the Green Party did well, seeing as they've never been in power before so I'd be happy to give them a chance.
Jun. 10th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)
I stole your BNP argument to motivate a friend, thanks :)
Jun. 10th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
I wish I could vote. I certainly would. But I can't and it annoys me greatly. I've voted since I was 18 and allowed.

Not voting means no right to bitch. People shouldn't throw their choice out the window.
Jun. 10th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
If the BNP get some power (a seat or two) it may shock the general government enough to try to correct their mistakes. Not one of them is willing to take the blame for voter apathy. Why are less people voting? I'm sure it's not because they don't care about where they live.

the BNP candidate and Livingston will ruin London. Respect and the Workers party want to raise minimuym wage to £7 something. I'm getting closer and closer to just writing a tirade on my ballot paper. (I know for a fact that Portillo read spoilt ballots, mybe more politicians can be bothered)
Jun. 10th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
>>>By not voting you are depriving your party<<<

But I don't _have_ a party. They're all utterly, totally odious. I genuinely don't want to encourage any of them.

Then again, I do customarily go in to write rude messages on my ballot paper, so at least they know I'm fed up with a Menu of Clones.
Jun. 11th, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
Is this because no-one represents your views or because you don't believe in the system?

I'm genuinely curious. I think 'democracy' as it stands in nonsense. I don't think any party represents my views (and maybe can't). But I do think people's views need representing and 'True' anarchy (my personal choice) is only for mature well educated citizens, which is discouraged by The State. I'm just trying to divine the best method of exerting myself to change. I think its time to renegotiate the Hobbesian Agreement.

Jun. 11th, 2004 03:40 am (UTC)
Hiya Rich.

It's both, to be honest. I believe the system is set up to serve (1) the system and (2) those at the top of the pile -- very much in that order. I also genuinely feel that 99% of all politicians are either in (2) or want to be in (2); the few good people who manage to get to the point of standing for a party seat with their humanity intact quickly lose it after election, when they twig that this wonderful, well-paid, high-status job is on the line -- and that there's all these people queueing up to help keep them there in return for a little favour or two...

I think that representation of this sort is inherently corrupt. Although the sheer blatancy that Bush has taken it to is rather breath-taking.

I also think that none of these assorted assholes have *any* interest in making Real Life(tm) better. Some of them did, once, before they had to compromise themselves into oblivion -- but most of them, frankly, were odious little shits to begin with.

I would love to see an anarchy of mature, sensible, selfless people, but unfortunately we're human, and it would never be possible. In a 'Dove'-driven society, 'Hawks' prosper so blatantly that imitating them becomes a survival requirement. Our own nature destroys us. Besides which, no-one wants to do the shitty work, and the shitty work does have to be done...

The best answer I've seen is benign dictatorship. I spent a while in Dubai, which is effectively that (well, comparatively benign anyway!), and it works really well. Finding someone sane enough to be a benign dictator (and stay one) is almost as hard as maintaining an enlightened anarchy though.

And before you ask, no, I really, really wouldn't want to be that benign dictator.

Maybe an AI-run world is the answer... :)

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Jun. 10th, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
Received your email. I will reply probably tomorrow as I have a lady friend round at the moment scowling at me for typing even this!!! :-p
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