Re: Local Elections - Turnout.
I think you've missed the point completely. You assume that if we vote there'll be change.
Originally Posted by frank1
As you say, the only thing we can do is vote i.e. choose between Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee every few years. Yet everyone knows neither of them will vote in parliament as we would wish. They vote as they are told to by the PM. Period. Parliament is not democratic.
The change we need cannot be found within the current party/constituency system. We need constitutional reform to make our government democratically responsible to the people who elected it.
We can't even choose our PM or any other government minister, (the most powerful group in Parliament), and on top of that we have no say whatsoever in how they vote anyway. What sort of sham democracy is that?
Once upon a time the Lib Dems claimed to want proportional representation. Ah, but that was before they gained power. Now they never mention it and we can do nothing about that. You see the Catch 22 we are in?
To blindly repeat the mantra about not having a right to complain if you don't vote demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of where the problem lies in British politics.
"The fate of all mankind, I fear, is in the hands of fools" (King Crimson - 1969)