Soap box Why vote in the election?

March 01 2015

How many of us have already decided who to vote for in the General Election and will definitely exercise our democratic right to chose the next government?

How many of us have already decided who to vote for in the General Election and will definitely exercise our democratic right to chose the next government?
How many of us will actually read the manifesto of each party and then made a considered judgement?
How many of us have decided not to vote or just simply don’t see the point?
Wouldn’t it be a delight to have a ‘none of the above’ option on the ballot paper on May 1st?
Having read all of the main political party manifestos last time round it was clear that on the main issues all were pretty much agreed. We would all like to see a fully functioning NHS not overrun and unable to cope; we would all benefit from a buoyant economy with full employment; law and order, education; all key to our successful future and therefore at the heart of every politicians agenda?
The only real difference is how each party proposes to achieve this utopia, and that is where the problem lies. Add of course our now deep distrust of politicians in general and it is no wonder that making a choice on May 1st is a real headache.
We do have to consider how lucky we are to actually have the right to vote. If you live in certain parts of the world you may only have a single candidate, usually the ruling head of state. In others you may not have a choice at all.
Don’t we therefore owe it to ourselves - and to future generations, - to exercise our right and at least make an effort to pick out a half decent leader for our country? The final decision of course is yours and yours alone.
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Before the election, The Voice will include details of all the main parties with a statement from the local candidates to help you decide.