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I am by no means a politician, but I was brought up to always vote. So today I am taking the bull by the horns with a rant.
My parents told me about the way that suffragettes had died or been imprisoned so that I could have my vote. This left an impression on my mind and I have always voted when the opportunity arose.
There are countries today who do not have the privilege of voting and whose people would give anything to be able to do so.
We take for granted our right to vote and I wonder if it was taken away from us, whether there would be indignation, an uprising ....or wouldn't anybody notice?
Why were there no other voters in the building when I popped into my local voting station at 9 am? The time when many mothers would have dropped off their children and had an opportunity to call into the local polling station?
Why, when I travelled by bus later on in the day, passing several polling stations on my journey, didn't I see any people going in or coming out?
Why do we have this total apathy when it comes to local government voting?
People grumble all the time when they don't like what the City Council does or doesn't do.
Surely they realise that this is the chance to do something that could change things?
We didn't have a local government vote this time but there was the chance to vote about whether we wanted the AV or not and I would have thought that this would have provoked some strong feeling one way or another.
Seems like I was mistaken. Not many seem to care or understand it.
Today, I was listening to my local radio programme where listeners were invited to ring in and say whether they had voted or not and give their reasons why they had or hadn't.
It seemed to be the older generation who phoned to say they had voted. Younger people said that they had been too busy, couldn't see the point, that all politicians were the same no matter who you voted for, or that they didn't understand it.
So there we are...... lets hope that when the non voters don't like something that is going on in local government, that they will not grumble when they haven't even taken the trouble to vote.
Should voting be made compulsory like the census?
What do others think?