To be (vote), or not to be (vote): that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
Next week the local elections in the UK will be held and many people will not even bother to vote suggests a report in the Independent Newspaper today . Despite the open discontent with current political and social changes I am amazed that people do not see that voting is their only way of showing their concern? This is the only time that every person truly has a voice and is more authentic than any consultative/listening exercise is ever going to be. With an introduction by Shakespeare (from Hamlet) no less I will try to persuade you why you must vote this week
- People have fought for your right to vote don’t waste their efforts and suffering
- Political parties will be watching very closely to see if they have the ear of society
- Not voting is a passive and not very effective way of showing your concern
- Local elections mean local changes that will have more effect on our personal circumstances like council tax etc.
- You cannot complain about a political party that you did not vote for
- Political parties develop ways of controlling and managing society do you really want to leave them to it?
- If you have children their future is at stake
- If you have older or disabled relatives their dignity and quality of life is at stake
- If you have beliefs about a fair and just society they are at risk of being ignored
- we should encourage everyone to use their vote, don’t leave it to others to decide your future
I personally do not think it is nobler in the mind to suffer and so will take arms ( literally not actually) wherever I can and always within reason of course. Politics (and using our vote) is one way we can all get involved in making choices about our future. Therefore our democracy depends on each and every one of us, not just the politicians.