If You Don’t Vote, You Can’t Whinge!

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At the last general election, only 61.3% of those eligible to vote actually made the effort.

Which means that 38.7% of people didn’t.

Which is a bit odd, because I don’t think you’d find that that 38.7% don’t care about how the country is governed. Or that the fact that they didn’t bother to vote, stops them whining about it when the government does something they don’t like.

To be honest, I think a turn out of less than two thirds of the electorate is a bit shameful, especially when you look at countries where the right to elect your own government is not taken for granted.

Places where voting for the opposition party can incur brutal retaliation from government controlled forces. And that’s without thinking of all the people who fought and died to get the right to vote in Britain.

Now I know a lot of people say that there is no real choice between the parties, or that their vote doesn’t count but at the end of the day, I think that we get the democracy we deserve. And if more than a third of us can’t be bothered to vote well maybe we don’t deserve very much.

So when the next general election, or local election comes around, make sure you take part who ever you vote for, just make sure you vote.

Go to this website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk fill in the form and make sure you’re registered.

1 thought on “If You Don’t Vote, You Can’t Whinge!”

  1. SirClucky says:

    Title says it all really!

    I’m not 18 yet, so I haven’t been involved in any of the elections lately and the exact thing that I didn’t want has happened – due to people who have the vote who aren’t using it.

    When people say “They’re all as bad as one another” I always answer with “You have to pick the lesser of the evils presented to you” – They’re never going to do exactly what you want, but laziness or uninterest may lead to others missing out also.

    And Hannah, I agree – I don’t know how they are possibly trying to be a coalition 😛

    I do feel that the way things are going, we’re heading for a seperate Parliament, like Scotland, or possibly even a republic – which I personally want to AVOID!

    Rant over! xD x

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