Okay, so, who keeps up to date with modern British news? Yesterday was the day of the Police and Crime Commissioner votes. Yep. Yesterday. Statistically, if you’re in the UK, chances are you didn’t vote. What do I think about that?
Good. I’m pleased. In my eyes, you shouldn’t have voted, or at least, not if your pre-vote run-up was similar to mine, anyway…
I knew the election was happening, heck, I intended to vote. I was always going to vote, more as an experience thing, than as a “get what I want” thing, what with this being my first chance to vote since I turned 18. You’ve got to vote your first time, right? It’s like smoking and drinking on your 18th. You’ve just got the urge to do it. It’s almost as though it’s law.
Well, I didn’t, for one simple reason. No-one cared about my vote. Not a single person, that mattered, cared what I wanted to vote for. How do I know? Other than my polling card, no-one sent me ANYTHING about the elections. Not a single campaign leaflet, not a single knock on the door, not a single care in the world trying to convince me to vote for them.
But surely, as the voter, it’s my duty to research the options? No. Not a chance. Why? Because their job, before they actually get voted in, is to try and convince me to vote for them. Why should I do the legwork when they’re going to get paid £65,000 – £100,000 for getting the job. The least they can do is tell me who they are, right?
So, yeah, long story short, if they didn’t campaign to you, directly to you with a leaflet, or a knock on the door, or whatever else they do, and you voted, as far as I’m concerned, you’ve abused democracy. You voted blindly. You voted based on what you thought about people you knew next to nothing about. There was a perfect example, on BBC News, tonight. The exchange went as follows:
“You’re the first person I’ve found that voted… Can you tell me who you voted for?”
“Nope. I can’t remember.”
How can you have made an educated vote if you can’t even remember who you voted for? Seriously? It’s ridiculous. No wonder people we all realise were bad choices, get positions of power. It’s because morons vote randomly and fuck everything up for the rest of us.
That’s what I think…
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