4th December 2014 | Politics
Another box should be added to the ballot paper in May 2015. No, I’m not talking about a political party, this is something much more meaningful and in a way would be a game-changer in the political world. A non-voter box. It seems unnecessary at first thought, why should we care about those who refuse to vote? Because they’re not all the same. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype about not voting, as if it means you don’t care for politics. However, there are two kinds of non-voters, there are those who go about their lives uninterested in politics and then there are those like myself, who feel passionately about politics but at this moment don’t feel they are represented by any of the parties or have any trust in them either. Politicians have for far too long categorised people non-voters as being people who won’t listen to them because they don’t care enough. This view has to change.
Once we get a non-voter box we can finally see the difference between those who care and those who do not. We can finally find out roughly how many people out of the 35% that don’t vote are willing to vote if things change. It may seem a small step to changing the system, but its a realistic proposal that could change politics for the better. Those who turn up to the polling station should be given a non-voter box, not only to show that they care about politics, but to distinguish between themselves and those who don’t.
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4th December 2014 | Politics
I’m a swing voter, I firmly believe that far too many people have political allegiances based on factors other than their actual views. The whole idea of “voting for party X because I always have” is to me a key fault with today’s politics in Britain. Due to this I will go into every election year with an open mind, deciding which party I think will do the best job for that term. Not voting is an extremely depressing idea to me, but this is the situation I find myself in. While I can’t legally vote in the general election next year I am imagining the hypothetical situation whereby I can vote. For a guy that spends so much time talking politics, the decision to not vote is one I would not take lightly.
Why won’t I vote? I tend to use the process of elimination to make decisions that I’m unsure about. Starting with the opposition party, Labour, my main concern is with the leadership. Before you think Miliband, I have to make it clear that while I don’t trust, like or approve of Mr Miliband, it is not him that worries me the most in the Labour party. It’s the other Ed, Ed balls, who is the shadow chancellor that puts me off voting for Labour in 2015. Yes, Miliband has a lack of charisma, energy and likability but I don’t see him as the slimy snake that I see Ed Balls as. The vast majority of people (including many of those in his own party) know that Ed would Balls up the economy.
It was a shockingly poor decision to keep Balls as shadow chancellor instead of getting rid of the deadwood from the Gordon Brown years and moving…