There is no point voting if you don’t understand the issues

Brian Rogers makes some valid points.

[…] The Electoral Commission and some parties are very keen for a big turnout, but some of us are not so sure it’s a good idea to encourage it among those who are not particularly interested.

It’s a silly idea for people to vote if they aren’t sure, or haven’t been following the issues; despite the campaigns to drag people to the ballot box.

Voting should be based on sound, reasoned, and long-term viewpoints of how the various parties and candidates have performed.

Surely this is something that sensible people do, in the course of their daily lives and over the years of the term?

There are many swinging voters out there, and contrary to some expert opinion, I don’t believe they’re divided in their choice; more likely they haven’t been paying enough attention.

There’s no point in voting if you’re not qualified; and that means understanding the issues.
It’s a dangerous situation to have people voting at the last minute without having properly assessed the issues and policies that matter to them […]

Well said.  People should be asked to explain clearly at least three policies of the party they intend to vote for before being handed a ballot paper.

Brian’s next problem is election hoardings:

[…] Apart from the visual pollution and distraction to drivers, they play no useful role in conveying a candidate’s or a party’s policies or beliefs, and more likely result in citizens making voting decisions based on a catchy sales pitch, swanky haircut or a grinning set of white gnashers.

There will be some folk who vote for a name, simply because it’s the only one they recognise.

That is not useful. The decision on who runs the country should be the result of due diligence by electors.

So if you’re not sure who to vote for, don’t be suckered in by the ‘make your vote count’ brigade and the PC whining that ‘everyone needs to have a say.’

If you think you don’t know what you’re doing, you’re probably right.

Leave it to the people who’ve done their homework and bothered to follow the news, the issues, the policies and understand the motivations of their candidates and parties

He then moves on to another topic dear to my heart.  Swing voters.  I cannot understand how people can be “undecided” at this point in an election cycle.

[…] I don’t believe that after three years if you’ve been intelligently following the issues, anyone could not have already made up their minds about which party to support and which candidate has presented the best case to win your vote.

If you’re relying on some magical piece of information to materialise out of the last week, or waiting to catch a glimpse of a decisive-looking billboard with just the right smirk, comb-over or Photoshopped cleavage, you’re probably not qualified to be deciding the leadership of the nation


And yet, these uninformed undecideds are all given a vote. It is called Democracy, something that Benedict Songy wondered about in the 1800’s when he asked “whether democracy were not its own worst enemy”.  While reverting to the system where only the landed gentry are allowed to vote is probably not the right answer, it seems that we would all be better served if there was some basic level of political understanding required before people were allocated their two ticks.

And then there are those who want to extend the franchise to prisoners …

This post was written by Intern Staff.

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