Wednesday, 29 April 2015

"I'm not going to vote"

The blog title is a comment I’m hearing from several people whilst door knocking as part of my election campaign.

I have to say, I really don’t understand why people wouldn’t bother voting at all.

If you don’t vote, then you don’t have any right to complain about the government, whether that be local or national government.

I understand (although I don’t agree) that some people feel it isn’t worth voting because apparently all politicians are “in it for themselves” (If anyone can point out what personal gains I have made during my 12 years as a local councillor beyond the allowance paid to all councillors, then I’d love to know what those gains are…), or because “they’re all the same, and it doesn’t make any difference”.

If people really do feel like that, then I’d rather they go to the polling station and write something like that on their ballot paper – actively registering their protest rather than not taking part in the election at all.

People in many countries around the world are denied the right to have any say in how their country is led – you might not like the choice you are faced with, but it’s better than having no choice at all.

On May 7th, please use your vote.


  1. A good post Gary. My Mum used to remind me that 'women died so you could have the right to vote' and my Dad pointed out that it was many years before Nonconformists were allowed a vote. We must cherish the freedom that we have. Even if we disagree with some politicians, or feel aggrieved at their decisions, I would rather be here than in Burma or Russia. And as a Christian it ispart of my God-given responsibility to care about my community and act where I can to better the lives of others. xx

  2. Yes, very important!! We have been doing a mock election in school and as our 'Mp' was elected after 2 weeks of canvassing, prep, policy and debate, the parting message was ensure you vote when you have the chance x