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  • morriss 2 Nov 2013 10:37:13 71,284 posts
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  • ResidentKnievel 2 Nov 2013 21:21:34 6,374 posts
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    In the last election neither of my parents voted, me and one of my sisters voted lib dem, my other sister voted conservative and my brother submitted a blank vote. My Dad's extended family vote labour because "we always vote labour" while bringing up politics around my Mam's side is a bad idea as it always provokes heated arguments.

    Not that how my family vote means anything anyway as it's a safe Labour seat where most of us live.

    Can't really be arsed to vote in the next election after the British public voted against democracy in the STV referendum. My Tory voting sister's reason for voting against STV was "it's because that's what the Lib Dems would want," completely oblivious to the fact that an STV system would allow her vote to be more meaningful in the area where she lives.
  • Deleted user 2 November 2013 21:31:43
    'public voted against democracy'
    :'D
  • Moot_Point 5 Nov 2013 11:27:36 4,778 posts
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    Will it never end?
  • Mr_Sleep 5 Nov 2013 11:32:40 18,157 posts
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    Moot_Point wrote:
    Will it never end?
    Shittest response ever.
  • whatfruit 5 Nov 2013 11:33:45 1,958 posts
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    After basting band in the Paxman Thunderdome it now turns out that the
    Paxoanator didn't vote either!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jeremy-paxman-i-understand-why-russell-brand-doesnt-votei-didnt-either-8921410.html
  • Moot_Point 5 Nov 2013 11:40:07 4,778 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep Yeah. He is running out of steam fast. That's why I posted about him being the wrong man giving the right message. The only protest vote is not to vote at all, because politics has turned into a game for the career politician.
  • whatfruit 5 Nov 2013 11:48:06 1,958 posts
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    ah forget it.

    Edited by whatfruit at 11:48:44 05-11-2013
  • Moot_Point 5 Nov 2013 11:56:13 4,778 posts
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    @LeoliansBro I would vote, if I could find a party who didn't lie to gain power. So my point still stands.
  • Mr_Sleep 5 Nov 2013 11:56:28 18,157 posts
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    Moot_Point wrote:
    @Mr_Sleep Yeah. He is running out of steam fast. That's why I posted about him being the wrong man giving the right message. The only protest vote is not to vote at all, because politics has turned into a game for the career politician.
    I do hope all the conversation keeps rumbling on in the public though as something needs to change. I think Billy Bragg had some good suggestions in his recent RSA lecture but I can't see the public giving a toss about what he said.
  • Deleted user 5 November 2013 12:05:48
    I think it's naive to think that revolution is a wonderful cleansing thing that rids a system of corruption and unfairness and brings a better status quo with it. This is rarely the case. You don't have to go back very far in history ( a year will do) to see how revolution can utterly fuck a country up, and that's in countries with far far worse systems in place than we have. Revolutions create vacuums of power into which extremists and dictators often step. Even in the best case scenarios revolution ends with a system not unlike what we currently have anyway.

    That's not to say they can't be a good thing, but I think it's idealism in the extreme to see it in the terms that Brand appears to.
  • Moot_Point 5 Nov 2013 12:08:06 4,778 posts
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    @Mr_Sleep If this had blown up six months before the election, it may have had some sort of effect. But we will see what happens between now and then.

    Your point is duly noted about an alternative LB, however voting for a person doesn't change the fact that it is the party which will determine what will be achieved whilst that person is elected.

    Edited by Moot_Point at 12:08:35 05-11-2013
  • Grax 5 Nov 2013 12:08:25 3,966 posts
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    Guy Fawkes wanted revolution :)

    sorry 5th November link
  • DFawkes 5 Nov 2013 12:19:27 25,817 posts
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    Grax wrote:
    Guy Fawkes wanted revolution :)
    I want no such thing!

    I've always lived in what has generally been a really strong Labour area, so if people in my area didn't vote, I can't say I blame them. Looking at the numbers, it'd have been a very different story if we'd got AV, but we didn't so I can't see it going any other way.

    I'll still vote though. For all the time it takes, I don't want to not vote. If I even get to vote in another general election that is, which might not even happen (but probably will).

    Edited by DFawkes at 12:22:25 05-11-2013
  • Moot_Point 5 Nov 2013 12:21:18 4,778 posts
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    @LeoliansBro Nicely sculptured reply! ;)

    Just because someone is wealthy and has no fear of the future because of that, doesn't mean that not voting is an indulgence of the rich. There are many people who want social and economic change, but it will never happen whilst the wealthy cling to their millions/billions whilst others cannot even afford to live.

    I agree with kalel that you cannot change the structure of a country without an infallible alternative to replace it. However, the longer it is left, the harder it will be.
  • GiarcYekrub 5 Nov 2013 13:14:38 4,613 posts
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    Personally I say withdraw the party whip and allow each MP to vote the way they and their constituents want, regardless of whether it tows the party line. Its the people they represent and their views they should be voicing IMO.
  • Mr_Sleep 5 Nov 2013 13:30:48 18,157 posts
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    Party whip is a difficult one as they enforce the party line which is kind of the purpose of being aligned to a party in the first place but in principle I do think they weild too much power.

    The real revolution that needs to happen is a slow change that brings our parliament closer to what is required in this modern time. We still hold to many dogmatic and archaic methods that no longer work for the public. You don't need to abolish the whole thing to improve it.
  • Inertia 5 Nov 2013 13:49:04 679 posts
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    The system runs a pretence of authority. As soon as big business says they don't like something it doesn't get done. If the people complain we get a tireless PR exercise in why it is good for us. And it gets done.

    The system is corrupt not necessarily because of the parties or the politicians as a whole. So voting isn't an effective way of changing the system. The parties just do what will get them power within the system. If people refuse to except its authority the system will collapse. The illusion of capitalist democracy is that it is the only reasonable form of government. This is the lie. We could have a much more regional form of politics that would make corruption more difficult and privilege less effective. Away from the reach of faceless lobby groups that decide the political agenda for this country.

    This is the problem. We know government do the will of the rich. No one can argue this. So why elect a way of legitimising this corruption and then getting the poor to think they have freedom by voting in a system that obscures the corruption and sets up patsies to take the blame for it. Of course these puppets are well rewarded in the future if they tow the line with easy consultation roles and made-up corporate positions.
  • LetsGo 5 Nov 2013 19:22:49 6,324 posts
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    So Paxman doesn't vote either, what a joke.

    A guy who interviews political figures week in week out!

    Edited by LetsGo at 19:23:54 05-11-2013
  • Lukus 5 Nov 2013 20:22:27 19,643 posts
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    If anything at least he's sort of impartial.
  • Bremenacht 5 Nov 2013 21:39:48 21,602 posts
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    whatfruit wrote:
    After basting band in the Paxman Thunderdome it now turns out that the
    Paxoanator didn't vote either!

    http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jeremy-paxman-i-understand-why-russell-brand-doesnt-votei-didnt-either-8921410.html
    That almost certainly means some craven Tory will write an opinion piece for the Daily Mail claiming the BBC are politically biased etc.

    I've mentioned spoiling papers as a protest vote before. Maybe someone should encourage potential non-voters to spoil their papers by writing 'Russell Brand' or 'Paxman' on the voting slip, and telling any press or party counters outside the voting station that you've done that. Not that I like Brand or agree with everything he says, but that I agree with the sentiment that UK politics is just toxic sludge.
  • rudedudejude 6 Nov 2013 10:23:53 2,275 posts
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    Brand responds, round 2!

    DING DING!
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