If I may pursue the apparent argument we got into over on twitter (I am not stalking you, even though you are a damned handsome young fellow), I am in broad agreement with you, but find my attitudes tinged with an overwhelming cynicism. I am not just slightly nostalgic for the days when the left had a voice in parliament, but saddened by how many intelligent young people accept the consumerist culture without question. I have voted, for a party who represent about 10% of my views, and hope that we get some electoral reform. My hopes are not in alignment with my expectations.I expressed my views on the value of my vote here:http://vicusscurra.blogspot.com/2010/04/it-is-still-no-excuse-for-bollocky-bad.html
May 6, 2010 at 11:03 AM
To all those who say that there's no point, I give you Noam Chomsky:"Choosing the lesser of two evils isn't a bad thing. The cliché makes it sound bad, but it's a good thing. You get less evil."
May 6, 2010 at 11:17 AM
Stephen Fry was interesting (if lengthy) on this - you can read his seven (!) page blogpost here: http://www.stephenfry.com/2010/05/04/how-i-will-vote/ He doesn't tell you what way to vote either (did you exect him to?). But since my granddad died to protect my right to vote, amongst other things, I do feel I ought to make the most of the opportunity. The only wasted vote is one that isn't used. Couldn't agree more about Cowell and the Sun - whatever happened to news?
May 6, 2010 at 12:31 PM
It was a pretty clear choice for me, but I wouldn't presume to tell others how to vote. Just to vote is the thing. I live in a split household and, as you'll see from my blog, my husband and I have different coloured stickers on our front window. Still, it's a democracy, although I know I'm going to be outnumbered at the election party at my house this evening.
May 6, 2010 at 6:30 PM
The thing I hated most about the Cowell/Sun front page is that I don't think the reasons Cowell gave is the actual reason why he's backing said party.
May 6, 2010 at 7:12 PM
posted by Dave Gorman at 9:40 AM on May 6, 2010