Election Apathy

I am PASSIONATE about politics as a rule. I have strong ideas about wanting things to be better, fairer, kinder, happier, less greedy, less money orientated, huggy, snuggly and warm. Yet this election is leaving me a little bit meh to be honest.

I desperately want the result to go the right way (and to me that is definitely the left way, in case my second sentence didn’t make that obvious enough!), yet as things stand with the electoral system I feel like my own personal vote counts for very little.

every vote counts

I can (and probably will) vote for the party that has my heart , yet where I live that is virtually valueless as they will never get elected here. Or I can vote for a party who I don’t fully trust or believe in, but they are better than the party of the present incumbent and have more chance of winning here than my party of choice (albeit a slim chance).

I don’t want to vote tactically. I want to vote for the party who I think will do the best job, who sit nearest to my own personal beliefs. And I want that vote to mean I will be represented in government by somebody I chose to put there. As things stand currently I have an MP who’s views on the majority of topics are far, far removed from my own – and yet he is my only voice in government. He does not speak for me. His party does not speak for me. Yet he is all I get.

And it isn’t just me. The outcome of the election is really decided by very few votes in very few constituencies, and that bugs me a bit. I believe STRONGLY in democracy, and believe PASSIONATELY in using your vote, I just wish mine counted for something.

Yes. I want proportional representation, so that my cross in a box actually counts towards the make-up of the government, rather than just being a statistic somewhere. The argument against PR used to be that it leads to hung parliaments and  coalitions  – well, we had that this parliament anyway, and it looks pretty likely that will be the outcome again this time around.

No, I don’t know the specifics of how you make it work, I am ALL about the big picture – but loads of other countries manage it, so why not us! And I reckon more people would bother to vote in the first place if they knew there was a guarantee it actually counted towards something. It is time for a change I think, not just of government but of the whole way they are elected in the first place.

I will still be in the polling booth on Thursday, of course. But I would enjoy making my mark that little bit more if I thought it was likely to achieve something.

 

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  1. May 5, 2015 / 10:34 am

    My 11 year old son was talking about this yesterday. I feel naive but I still feel that if we all voted for who we wanted (rather than trying to get a certain party out because we don’t think our party stands a chance) then we may be surprised to find that our party could win.

    But yes maybe there could be a split voting system where you could tick for a party you really want – if it would make a difference tick, and one for the actual party. My husband said we should vote for policies rather than parties which I think would be good.
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  2. May 5, 2015 / 10:39 am

    I feel very much like I am voting for the lesser of two evils here. That said, the predicted majority has increased from less than 2% to almost 10% now so I’m not sure it will make a great deal of difference anyway. I also happen to like my MP at a local level, she has done a lot of things but the party policies do not reflect my own views (and I was disappointed to learn how she has voted in parliament over recent bills).
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  3. May 5, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Well said. I just wrote about exactly the same. I still feel we need to teach out kids to take the paths they believe is right in their hearts rather that just because everyone else is doing something. Vote with your heart. We are all just 1 statistic but together we are strong.
    (Completely agree that things need to change in the way voting is run too)
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  4. May 5, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Oh I completely agree. My husband and I have been discussing this as in our area, we always have the same party and we can’t decide whether to vote for the party we want; knowing that it will be a wasted vote, or tactically, which doesn’t seem right. It is a really strange system and doesn’t seem right really.
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  5. May 5, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Yip, totally agree, I know who I want to vote for, but I fear it will be a ‘lost’ vote, things need to change. Let’s start a campaign now for the election 2020…

  6. May 5, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    Same here. It is so heavily blue that any other vote is pretty much a waste of time. But to not vote feels wrong.

    I think it is time for a real shake of our political system in this country. Starting with teaching it in schools and then making sure that every vote counts and that the government we really want gets into power.
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  7. May 5, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    This time it is a nightmare. I’ve always voted the same, and the colour of the area I’ve lived in. However this time, we’ve a new MP as the old one retired, and she’s not taken part in any of the unofficial hustings online vs 3 (out of 6) standing. Those who have taken part have done well. For the NHS I want to vote for them, but they’ll never win the seat, let alone make a dent in whatever the coalition ends up being. But the rest of their policies are a load of tosh. So then it takes me back to pretty much my original…but then I’d be hoping that (if they got in), they’d have others in the coalition to block what they wanted on the NHS. But that’s a risk.

    Oh and there’s the fact that I’d have to probably lie to my OH about who I’d voted for if I didn’t vote as I normally would.

    I’m staggered that with 2 days to go, I’m still no nearer to knowing what I’ll vote for.

    I think they should have a ranking vote.
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  8. May 5, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    I am always voting who I believe in and who I think represents me the best, hoping that they make it. You never know, with so few people voting these days, you might just be lucky…

  9. May 5, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    THIS! Completely and utterly agree with you. The whole political system here just is a bit of a farce. The fact that there are people using vote swapping websites for the election just proves this. I am so so torn as to which way to vote in this election. Interestingly we have a Tory MP at present, but there’s a very real chance that she will lose her seat to a Lib Dem! I know it sounds crazy, but it is possible, not based on his party’s politics, but based on his personality and what he has done for the area. I really hope it happens personally, but it’s still making me very unsure as to who to vote for. Do I go with my gut, or do I give the Lib Dem my vote to help get rid of someone who not only doesn’t represent my views, but also can’t even be bothered to live in the area!
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  10. May 6, 2015 / 7:04 am

    Amen to that! I voted for the party I wanted when I was 18 and have pretty much voted tactically ever since. Our area is a two-horse race (and I’m guessing it’s the same two horses you are referring to!). They said on TV last night about how SNP will get about 4% of the UK vote, yet could have 50 MPs. That seems crazy when L-D will get about 10% of the vote and 30 seats!

  11. May 6, 2015 / 9:35 am

    …..Totally agreed. I’ve voted for who I believe in and it certainly isn’t the present Government – given that it will probably be another hung Parliament I am all in favour of PR – at least then votes will counted. I just want to see a fairer, kinder society again. X
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