Saturday, 25 April 2015

To vote or not to vote……

…….that is the dilemma facing every adult in the country who has the right to elect our government. Russell Brand (who?) says we should not vote. Well he is entitled to his opinion, but is that good advice? Should Brand use his celebrity as a public buffoon to advise the rest of the country what to do with their blood stained ‘right to vote’?

I say blood stained right to vote because once upon a time the only people who could vote were landowners and then not all of them. In order for ordinary people to get that right blood was shed and more than just a little. People died because they believed that every man in the country had a right to have a part in deciding the future of this country. A right to democracy.

These days its a bit moot point. The wealthy control everything. However like all things that we fight for we must stick with it. If we lose it now our great grandchildren will have to fight for it all over again. More than enough blood has been spilt on this.

Back on track Russell Brand is wrong! He is not only wrong but he is getting you to play into the hands of the politico’s who are quite happy that there are 7.5 million eligible adults in this country who cant vote because they couldn’t be bothered to register. Indeed the law has been changed to make it easier for apathy to rule the process. It was once the duty of the householder to register the household members. Now it is each individuals duty. Is this important? Yes it is. In 2010 there were only 6 million eligible people who failed to register, so there has been a 1.5 million increase in the numbers that wont be able to vote. this year. 7,500,000 people who the parties do not have to consider.

Add to that those who have registered and wont vote because the parties are not talking to them and people who just can’t be assed to take a few minutes out of their lives and walk down to the Polling Station. People who  don’t vote don’t get counted. Yes the government know how many but they have not made a statement of their wishes. Russell Brand and his puppet masters know this is the case. If you say nothing you get nothing because you can’t be heard.

So how can you make your vote count? It is vitally important that we all make some effort to understand the issues that will affect us and come to some decision that will, if not right, we can live with.

There are countries that have a ‘None of the above’ option on the ballot paper. This would be a good thing for us to have because I think more people would come out to vote.

Have you ever taken any real notice of the results? There is always one score that is not on the ballot paper.

Conseratives  XXXXXXXX
Labour             XXXXXXXX
Lib/dems        XXXXXXXX
Greens             XXXXXXXX

Spoilt Papers  XXXXXXXX

That’s the one Spoilt Papers. A spoiled paper is not a no vote. A spoiled paper says “we are not happy with the system”, it says, “we are not happy with the people on offer”, and it says, “we are not happy with the policies”. It also says “we came out to let you know we are not happy with the way you run things”.

What it doesn’t say is we are apathetic, we don’t care enough to vote, or Eastenders is getting really exciting.

The spoiled paper was advocated by the suffragettes. You may have heard of them, they were some of the people who shed their blood so you could have the right to vote. Lives were lost!

If you don’t think the parties or the policies are going to work for you please DO NOT vote for the man who will fuck you up the least. That is acceptance of this crazy system and that is not acceptable!

I don’t care who you vote for, I don’t care if you spoil your paper, I do care that you make the effort to go down to the polling station and pay your respects to honour those who lost their lives fighting for your right to VOTE! Anything less is shameful.

Don’t let me down!

6 comments:

KevinTOO said...

100% right Maffi, get of your bums folks and make a mark!

I put my X in the box on Tuesday :)

Kevin

Dave said...

Well said Maffi.

John said...

Entirely agree Maffi, especially about the option for a 'None of the Above'

Should point out though that the spoilt vote number is given on the official record, it's just the lazy journalists who can't be bothered to report it.

bohica said...

Hi Maffi, regarding the entitlement to vote, I read many years ago a book by Robert A. Heinlein, called "Starship Troopers" (nothing like the crap film they made out of the book.

The book provides very thought provoking ideas on who and who not should be eligible to vote...

The ideas discussed within the book were not without merit....

Anonymous said...

Maffie, we should all vote but currently we have politicians that dare not show their passion and belief. Only 15% of votes actually change the government and they must not be frightened off!
My vote doesn't count I live n a "safe" constituency. I voted by post yesterday when I finally lost all belief in one of the party leaders - that he will do anything to get the keys to number 10.
My father taught me that if you don't vote don't complain. As true now as always.
nb Cleddau

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