Democracy rules

If you do nothing else today

I believe in democracy. I believe in using my vote. I believe in you using your vote, even if I don’t agree with your political views. I am very excited about tomorrow’s election and the possibilities that it holds. Whatever else you do tomorrow, if you are eligible to vote in the UK then use your vote.

Stephen Fry, of course, said all this more eloquently than I could. But I will try to explain briefly. Politics is important because it’s not just boring old men bickering about complicated stuff in London. Politics is everyday life, your life. It’s everything from how much tax you pay to how and when your rubbish gets collected, from the number of nurses staffing a hospital ward to how quickly potholes get fixed. Your biggest opportunity to have your say in all those things is to use your vote.

If you don’t yet know which way to vote there are some great websites to help you make up your mind – VoteMatch, VoteForPolicies, and of course the manifesto of each party is on their website. More specific to your local area, you can read about your MP candidates at TheyWorkForYou.

2 thoughts on “Democracy rules

  1. lillput May 6, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Seconded, here.

    I’m hoping that the huge amount of debate I’ve seen in Twitter alone is an indication of the beginning of the end of political apathy.

    Someone somewhere said “Decisions are made by the people who turn up” – Jed Bartlett quoted it in the West Wing…and that may be fiction but it doesn’t make it any less true.

  2. Nose in a book May 6, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    lillput Absolutely. I think people who use Twitter tend to be more lefty liberal than the general population, but it’s still not a bad sign.

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