@Ed_Miliband Believe in Democracy and give us a referendum on EU membership #noneoftheabove

Letter sent to Daily Express (1/4/15).. original and published versions.

Original:

I agree with Ann Widdecombe that we should all (voluntarily) vote but, as she implies, there are only set plates on offer.

However; rather than spoil our ballot papers with scribbled comments, which won’t be read, by either victors (too triumphant), or losers (too deflated), it would be better, if we could at least voice our discontent with what is being offered.

 Ann’s way takes very little notice of voter discontent, as spoilt papers are ignored, as the figures for 2010 show:

% in terms of votes cast :             Cons. = 36.1% Labour = 29.0% Lib Dem = 23.0%, Other 11.9%

% in terms of registered voters:     Cons.= 23.5% Labour = 18.9%   Lib Dem = 150%,   Other 42.6%

 These figures would be worse if they included those eligible to vote but haven’t registered.

The point to note is that more people oppose the main political parties than support any one of them.

This election, voters have become so disenchanted that more of them have come together to form new smaller parties, including The NHA Party (nhap.org) and Leftunity (leftunity.org).

More importantly there are parties where voters just want the inclusion of a “None of the above” box on the ballot paper (voteaboveandbeyond.org + nocandidate.org.uk + notavote.co.uk + nota-uk.org).

This would be my preferred option, as those votes would have to be included in the above tables.

Politicians might continue to ignore them but they couldn’t just discount them.

 As long as the main parties and The Media berate none voters but deny them an effective voice, then this discontent will continue to grow; mainly via Social Media.

Perhaps The main political parties should embrace voter apathy and stop trying to engage voters.

All they are doing is wasting money reminding people of how much politicians and, more particularly, their policies are disliked.

 

Published:

Angry voters need ballot choice of ‘none of above’

I AGREE with Ann Widdecombe that we should all vote but, as she implies, there are only set plates on offer (“Do not vote Labour into Downing Street”, April 1).

However, rather than spoil our ballot papers it would be better if we could voice our discontent with a `none of the above’ option.

Almost 35 per cent of people eligible to vote did not bother at the last election, and it would be higher if you counted those eligible to vote but not registered, so a higher proportion didn’t vote at all than voted for any main party.

Perhaps the political parties should embrace voter apathy and stop trying to engage voters. All they are doing is reminding people how much politicians and their policies are disliked.

 

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