Fifty percent of people won’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent

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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.

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9 thoughts on “Fifty percent of people won’t vote, and fifty percent don’t read newspapers. I hope it’s the same fifty percent

  1. yup… and meanwhile the trail of apathy leads towards reports of it loking like the fucking snp are going to kick labour out of the scottish parliment, leading to, them apparently scrapping council tax..what the fuck that is going to do to this beautiful city may the guilt hang heavilly on those that voted for that lunacy (basically if you dont want to pay for this beautiful place then you should fuck off out of it)

    and even worse, a majority win by the snp will lead to a devolution in 2010….great, so we’ll cut ourselves off from a strong economy to be “Β£600” a year better off and be a bunch of sepratist twats to boot….

    anyway, here’s hoping thats all shite eh?

    those of you that didnt vote are not elligible to comment πŸ˜‰

  2. “a bunch of sepratist twats to boot….”

    πŸ˜€

    any polotic that utalises the word ‘nationalist’ is a little too close to the wire for me. and it’s the greatest irony of modern socialism that it all boils down to money grabbing ‘me first’

  3. I have to agree with both you and omega male on every point.

    It really pisses me off when I have discussions with people about polictical issues and they moan about the government etc and then it turns out they didn’t even vote. Major bug bare or is it bear? Also the SNP don’t get me started. It would be the worst thing possible for this country if that bunch of fish got in. I could go on and on and on and on but I won’t. I really really hope they don’t get in.

    Yes we’d all like the poll tax, sorry showing my age, I mean the council tax scrapped or made fairer or whatever but where will all the money come from if we do scrap it. I know one idea is to put 3p on income tax but whatever happens we won’t like it one way or another.

    What also saddens me is when women don’t vote. Now I am not a raving feminist but I just think it is kind of sad when women fought so hard to be respected and treated equally in many ways including getting the vote and they just don’t use it.

    I will now decend from my soapbox though I don’t know if I’ve actually said anything.

    x

  4. if that bunch of fish got in

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    What also saddens me is when women don’t vote. Now I am not a raving feminist but I just think it is kind of sad when women fought so hard to be respected and treated equally in many ways including getting the vote and they just don’t use it.

    i couldn’t agree more – that’s why i used the pic i did to illustrate my post. i was going to talk about that aspect more in it but i was worried i would make it seem too much about something ‘long ago’ when it really is about NOW. also there are places in the world where it is still a big deal to get or have the vote, and not just fo women. but yes, i totally agree. the suffragettes were hard assed ladies and i, for one, feel indebted to them…

    *marilyn’s shampoo also climbs down from her soapbox*

  5. i did vote you know. I think our conversation the other day ran a bit out of where I expected it to go. I was always going to vote, I just tried voice some disdain for scottish politics in general and then found myself in a bit of a hole I couldn’t climb out of.

    I still see the whole of scottish politics as a bit of a pantomime, and not, as the nationalists say “because they still have their hands tied by westminster.” It’s because they all seem to treat it as a chance for a bit of celebrity. Jack McConnell is a case in point. In his time in power he has seemed to have spent more time at new york tartan week than at holyrood. And also, when a westminster MP like fuckin toadface or charles kennedy (who i quite like) comes up here, they are treated as a politician of a higher calibre. which further demeans our parliament and puts london on a pedestal. the whole thing is a fucking badly run mess of upper middle class idiots and weegie socialists. and it’s only going to get worse now that salmond and his band of merry men are gaining ground. pssh.

    hey porno, maybe we should write a political song. and i’ll put che guevara on the front of my amp?

  6. glad to hear it! i do know quite a few people who didn’t though. but i will remind them of it next time they moan the state of the nation.

    they all seem to treat it as a chance for a bit of celebrity

    do i even need to say the words ‘tommy’ and ‘sheridan’ ?
    there is that aspect to poloticians that the people who want to do the job are usually the people that shouldn’t – but still, i’d rather even just vote for the ones i hate least if there is no other option πŸ˜‰

    he has seemed to have spent more time at new york tartan week than at holyrood

    πŸ˜€

    as for the che on your amp… i think you should use this instead

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