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    Compulsory Voting ?

    Should voting be compulsory ?

    Just been to vote and when someone said the last government got in power with approximately 18% of the total eligible vote, I thought is that democracy ?

    Whether that figure is accurate or not if it was compulsory to vote that would be a true reflection of English people.

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    Not sure how it could be enforced, but it makes some sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda View Post
    Should voting be compulsory ?

    Just been to vote and when someone said the last government got in power with approximately 18% of the total eligible vote, I thought is that democracy ?

    Whether that figure is accurate or not if it was compulsory to vote that would be a true reflection of English people.
    It is..... so people can therefore CHOOSE whether to vote or not.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlab View Post
    It is..... so people can therefore CHOOSE whether to vote or not.....
    Are you implying that the sacrifices made for our freedom should be ignored, by failing to cast at least a spoiled ballot?
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    Going by some of the moronic opinions I've heard from some folk, my view is that you should have to pass a test to demonstrate basic intelligence before you're allowed anywhere near a ballot box.

    It vexes me that that my vote (to which I've devoted many hours of thought, consideration, conscience and consideration) can be casually cancelled out by some mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging cretin who falls out of his sweaty pit and rolls up to vote without giving it even the slightest thought. Still, that's democracy, hey?
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    I'll be voting later today - not because I have to, but because I can....rather than have the country ruled by an unelected Dictator.

    "What's the point in voting, it won't make any difference....". Well you won't have the opportunity to make a difference of any kind if you can't be bothered to get off your arse once every 5 years and make your contribution to how the country is run. You may not agree with the outcome, but at least you have done your bit to influence that outcome.

    If you don't vote, don't then moan about the 'state of the country'. (Potential) voter apathy genuinely surprises me. Is it REALLY that much trouble to put an "X" into a box, or are individuals SOOOOO disinterested and disengaged with what actually affects their day-to-day lives?

    One snag with enforced voting....you then have the Government telling people what to do - which is exactly what many people seem to resent. Tricky one isn't it?

    Right, I'm off to make a brew, crack on with the spreadsheet I have to do, and then head to the polling station later on today......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoda View Post
    Should voting be compulsory ? I thought is that democracy ?
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    "Democracy is the device which ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve." (Shaw?)

    Isn't not voting still a vote?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    It vexes me that that my vote (to which I've devoted many hours of thought, consideration, conscience and consideration) can be casually cancelled out by some mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging cretin who falls out of his sweaty pit and rolls up to vote without giving it even the slightest thought. Still, that's democracy, hey?
    An understandable frustration, but as the man said at the Putney debates in 1647:

    “the poorest he that is in England has a life to live, as the greatest he; and therefore truly, sir, I think it’s clear, that every man that is to live under a government ought first by his own consent to put himself under that government; and I do think that the poorest man in England is not at all bound in a strict sense to that government that he has not had a voice to put himself under”

    Of course I think that Colonel Rainsborough probably assumed the "the poorest he" would give it a bit of thought. Although in 1647, that guy almost certainly couldn't read. Incidentally, people go on quite a lot about those who have died for our democratic freedoms, thinking about WW2. But in terms of dying for democracy in this country, it's really in the Civil War that that happened. At the Putney debates, we were really going places... And then Cromwell knocked it on the head, and everyone decided to go back to how it was before. Missed opportunity there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharkey View Post
    Isn't not voting still a vote?
    Might be better if there was an additional box on the ballot paper to register dissatisfaction with the offerings.

    Or maybe space to write your own reason for not casting a meaningful vote:

    "None of the above as there is no discernable difference in their policies" (assuming they have any as they seem to be in short supply)

    As an aside, this election campaigning period must go down as the most stage-managed in UK history. I can't recall any of the party leaders offering themselves to open meetings where they can be questioned and, dare I say the word, heckled! Everything has been manipulated by the spinners to the nth degree to ensure they only address the party faithful and don't have any embarrasing moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    Going by some of the moronic opinions I've heard from some folk, my view is that you should have to pass a test to demonstrate basic intelligence before you're allowed anywhere near a ballot box.

    It vexes me that that my vote (to which I've devoted many hours of thought, consideration, conscience and consideration) can be casually cancelled out by some mouth-breathing knuckle-dragging cretin who falls out of his sweaty pit and rolls up to vote without giving it even the slightest thought. Still, that's democracy, hey?
    Surely our university graduates aren't that bad,,,,,,, but thinking about it, a lot are.

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