Voted for Labour. Got a Tory
How many fewer than 3
in every 10 eligible voters have to vote before it is recognised that
UK politicians increasingly govern without popular consent. Voting in
a Labour government and ending up with a Tory leader can hardly have inspired
young people's confidence in the two party system. When your result produces
this kind of anomally, not voting makes a great deal of sense.
I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the stronger political statement
is not to condone the status quo with a vote, but to deny a vote (and
therefore, credibility) to a very flawed system which suits the power
Isn't it more likely that a fundamental change in the flawed two party
system will occur only by more people refusing to condone the status quo
with a vote.
Let's say 1 in 10 people end up voting. No one can pretend that this
is a healthy democracy.
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