Thursday, December 18, 2014

Follow no-one, not even Russell Brand. #UseYourVote

"Don't vote - it only encourages them".
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal".
Russell Brand is speaking for a lot of people, especially younger people, when he says the system is so broken it is not worth trying to use it.
Greens fully understand your frustration with the political system.
In fact, since we have spent 36 years engaged on a daily basis with the stupidities of the UK political system, we can claim to understand it better than most. But we persevere in trying both to use and radically change the system.
Because, although the UK democratic system is weak, antiquated and set up for the convenience of the rich corporations, it is, despite everything, a democracy in that we do have an element of free speech, a (diminishing) freedom to demonstrate on the streets, and the power to kick out a government every 5 years.
And this is truly better than living in a dictatorship.
Yes, you can argue that it is an elective dictatorship, that it works for the rich against the poor etc etc, but nevertheless we do have more freedom than they do in, say, North Korea or Zimbabwe. And if you say no we don't, go live there for a while.
People died for the right to vote. Don't take it for granted.
You may not want to join the Green Party, or work for the Green Party, but surely at least you can take 5 minutes of your time to register to vote at your local government website and another 5 minutes to pop into a polling station to put an X against the Green Party. It is a small thing, your green candidate is unlikely to win, except in Brighton Pavilion and one or two other places, but your Green vote is another act of defiance against the lying, self serving political elite personified in the LibLabConUkip parties.

Register to vote here. You need your NI number. Do it before the deadline - 21st April 2015.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You're right. Not a perfect system but still a lot better than others. Same with our justice system - not anywhere near perfect but better than anywhere else.