Reasons not to be apathetic 3- Votes count.

April 20, 2010

The polls have started to behave strangely. Now don’t get me wrong, I am far from convinced by Nick Clegg, but his ratings in the polls following the leaders debate, show that the tantrum I threw – was not a tantrum I was having in isolation.

You could probably have sent the dancing dog from Britain’s Got Talent up there, and he would have garnered some of the frustration that people feel at the choice between Labour and Conservatives. Have someone stood there, who made the right call on Iraq, with a Chancellor who has been vocal about banking reform? Ouch. That isn’t a dancing dog.

I may not be convinced by Nick Clegg yet, but I am convinced by the British people. We have long been accused of being apathetic, when the reality is that many of us are just so angry at politicians. The financial crisis, our age of perpetual war, the erosion of our civil liberties-the willingness of politicians to demonise us for business’s mistakes- have all resulted in a loss of confidence in our two main parties.

The polls going haywire, shows that we still have a choice. I have long thought we were coming to a culture change. The internet means that the silent majority cannot be dismissed as silent any more- and there are many candidates standing who could do a great job for Britain. All political parties start from the grassroots. Our votes matter.

This election gives us a chance to change the shape of our parliament radically, and the polls indicate that we are more than ready to do so. I have heard predictions that this election may have one of the highest turn outs in recent years, and I believe it might. Democracy does work.

There are never just two candidates on the ballot. There are independents, there are Lib Dems, there is the Green Party. There are MP’s on all sides of the house, who work hard to ensure that they serve their constituency.

I believe that electoral reform is an inevitability, but right now you can vote, and you don’t have to vote for someone you don’t believe in, because you fear your vote might be wasted. What would happen if everyone voted to their conscience? Would it be so bad? Would the logistical difficulties of a hung parliament be so difficult to overcome, if the alternative is a parliament that doesn’t represent anyone?



  1. I’m becoming slightly bileous at the CLegg-mania that the press are pushing. Obama style downloadable Clegg posters on the guardian website? A hundred invited on facebook to join ‘yay clegg’ groups.

    no thanks.

    However, If he’s serious about discontinuing trident, well then is there any choice? We make such bold statements about non-proliferation and yet we have a looming thirty-year contract to maintain the nuclear subs that have beseiged Iran these last five or ten years, unofficially of course, since it’s totally illegal.

    If anyone hears Clegg being even remotely specific about his plans for nuclear discontinuation please proliferate the link. It’s the clincher for me in this election.

  2. we should let politicians know what is important to us. hopefully the website http://www.digitaldemocracy.org.uk/release_190410.php can help facilitate that.

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