Thursday, 7 May 2015
Several times in the past few weeks I have heard people say "I don't vote, it's a waste of time, nothing ever changes".
There are a number of ways to interpret that statement, "I can't be bothered". Fair enough but don't complain when it has become clear that nothing is going to improve in your particular areas of interest.
" I don't trust politicians". Politicians are people and behave like people, some are trustworthy others are not but you can't go through life trusting nobody.
"They say they will do such and such, but once they're in power they forget all their promises"
There are many ways in which you can influence that. Local complaints and campaigns to rally support. If you don't speak out nothing will change that's for sure.
"I don't like so and so, he talks posh, he doesn't understand working people". It is quite likely that his 'posh' speech has been slowly and carefully acquired over a long period of time in order to be accepted by the rest of his party.
"She is a working class snob, she resents us and our money is not safe in her hands". It may or may not be true, but if your monied and privileged background hasn't taught you how to look after your wealth, tough!
The one that really gets to me is "I'm not interested in politics they're boring, nothing to do with me".
Really? So 'we' are one thing and in our own little cloud and 'politics' is in a little box, just over there, nothing to do with the stuff of ordinary life.
Well I've got news for you. Life is politics. Every single thing we do is influenced by politics and failing to use your vote to at least attempt to change the things you don't like.or to improve the things which are already in place, whether your interest is in housing, education, health, community or any other aspect of daily existence is a shameful waste of opportunity.
In this country we have a reasonably democratic way of life, with many freedoms not available to people in many other countries. It is our right certainly but also our sacred duty to use the vote our predecessors fought so hard for.
Not going to vote? Shame on you.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 11:24:00 am