voted

But I did it for the suffragettes. Not because I have the least clue about who these candidates are, or what in the wurruld they’re standing for.

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  1. And straightaway read this –
    http://www.scottishreview.net/KRoy266.shtml

    “There are so many good reasons for not voting today that I scarcely know where to start.
    First there is the question of apathy – not my apathy; their apathy. Only two of the four candidates, the Conservative and the Independent, have bothered to shove a leaflet through the door, and I don’t fancy either of them.”

    And:

    “I might have voted for the SNP and Labour – it is one of the absurdities of the system that I could have voted for both – but, uniquely in my experience, the candidates of Scotland’s two main parties have not been near the neighbourhood, and I only discovered their names by checking the dismal website of [insert local council name here]. I don’t feel inclined to support candidates who refuse to tell me who they are or what they stand for.”

    Etc.

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  2. I spoiled my ballot paper which I don’t believe I have ever done before. I felt really bad but my only options were the Greens, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives. I have decided not to vote for the Conservatives until the powers that be return the Conservatives to a more *ahem* MORALLY Conservative position on at least one major issue. I did write to David Cameron, my MP and the local Conservative association to explain the reasoning though so hope that made up for it. They seem to be paying some attention to the general unease though if the news is anything to go by at the moment so there is hope. Can’t imagine voting in Scotland now though! Sounds like Northern Ireland. Mum and Dad generally don’t have a clue who to vote for a lot of the time with all the little parties.

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  3. I so, so nearly spoiled my paper this time. I didn’t, but actually as soon as I posted it (into a ridiculous plastic tub, without folding it, having had the option of *numbering* *all* the candidates) I wished I had spoiled it.

    Then I stomped home in a foul mood and thought bracing thoughts about the Pankhursts.

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  4. The foul mood was because I’d only arrived back from work at 9.30pm and it was a mad dash to make it before polls closed at 10, but it just seemed so pointless.

    If you read that article by Kenneth Roy linked above – I nodded at every point, but it still doesn’t add up to an argument *not* to vote. The whole idea of a “protest non-vote” makes no sense. Either you hold your nose and vote, or you spoil your paper, but I really can’t see not voting as an option.

    Is it better to spoil your paper with a witty and succinct political message? or does a scribble do the trick?

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  5. Elspeth – I fail to understand the connection between political parties and local councils. What a pity you have so few options! Incidentally we lost one of our three independents and got a Liberal Democrat, Jamie Stone, who had previously represented the area in various places including the Scottish Parliament. I find it hard to regard local elections where one is electing people to run the council and help local people as some sort of referendum on the progress of the Scottish Government or the UK Government.

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  6. The connection between political parties and local councils is, at least for me, that in the absence of any campaign literature whatsoever from candidates standing for local council election, their party affiliation is simply the only piece of information you can use in order to avoid putting down your X (or rather, numbers) at random.

    If that makes it sound like a farce, well…

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