so, i put my x in the box today (and my numbers in the weird and confusing other bit too)
i’m not going to talk about who i voted for – but about voting in general. it really freaks me out me how many people i know aren’t voting this year – more than ever before it seems. i’ve had conversations with a few friends about this so if your reading and you are one of them it’s not directed at any one person, that’s kind of the point.
it pisses me off for a number of reasons. partly because it shows a massive apathy in this country towards something as basic as our say in who runs the it. i believe that if you don’t vote you don’t have the right to complain. and partly because the right to vote – the right to democracy – has been a hard won thing and is worth protecting. i’m not going to pretend i am some kind of card carying activist – but i’m sure as all hell going to have my say.
it is frustrating when, as i think a lot of people feel this year, you are not passionate about any one party but if you opt out completely then those who are may be voting for someone you are passionate against. there seem to be a lot more weirdo, militant and extremist candidates this year – it is, for example, the first time i have ever had a flyer for the BNP through the door – and it worries me that all those lost votes are going to swing in the favour of these ‘wild card’ candidates.
i’m not too worried about the guy whose sole manifesto is to dress up as dracula though. he’s just silly.