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View Poll Results: How politically engaged are you?
I vote occasionally 5 10.64%
I vote regularly 33 70.21%
I work/volunteer for a political party 1 2.13%
I work/volunteer for a single issue/pressure group 0 0%
I'm a parish councillor 1 2.13%
I'm a town/city councillor 0 0%
I'm a mayor 0 0%
I'm an MP/MEP/MSP/etc 0 0%
I'm a Lord 1 2.13%
Don't do anything. 6 12.77%
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Politics, How engaged are you?

We all moan about governments on here,
but how involved are you in the political
process?
 
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Vote regular. Can't find a political party I'd be happy volunteering for.
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I vote regularly. I must be a bit strange though as I find politics interesting.
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Do a few leaflet drops regularly, although my wife actually does more than I in reality. Younger and fitter you see.
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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

I have never voted, for two reasons:

1) My national views on which party to elect contradict my local feelings on which MP to elect.

2) Have never felt a preference for one parties policies over another.

I know people say you should vote anyway, and you 'have no right' to complain if you do not, but it's utterly ridiculous to suggest that it is somehow more worthy to vote randomly than to abstain as you have no preference.

The next general election will most certainly see me voting though. The current party have done enough on matters which I understand to make me want them out. Mostly they have lied in the most obvious and blatant of ways.

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I always vote. 2 Reasons:

1. Millions of people died to protect the right to vote. Bit of a waste if no-one exercises that right.

2. If you don't vote, you have no right to pester the powers that be and remind them what a cr*p job they are doing. (Which I do. A lot).
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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

Always do the voting thing, even knowing that my party will never win hammer
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I could have said yes to more than one
 
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They're graded responses.
I assumed people who are e.g. councillors
or MP whould also vote.
 
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Christian Aid Week it is chaps. ID's and envelopes at the ready. :
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I vote when i remember

I think politics should come out of the dark ages and get a good whacking with the modern stick. Listening to them all prance about like spoilt schoolboys at playtime is embarrassing and totally unwarranted.

And i think the first step towards that is to make the PM a certain Mr Clarkson. At least give him a go at it.
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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

I always vote... though most of the time it gets my back up 'cos their all thieving lying gets

but as others have said.... you can't moan at what you've got if you don't partake...

no vote is as good as a vote for who's in
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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

Rubbish Ferdi. So you're voting for someone whose views you disagree with, and who you do not like or support?
How is that democratic? How is that helpful?
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To a point that's fine, but a lot of people
(not you Bazza) use the "I don't agree
with any of them" excuses to just not
bother getting off their arses and getting
down the polling station. Even if it is
just to spoil a ballot paper. (Which I have done
a couple of times.)


I'd love to have a right to vote in general
elections here, but I don't.

My right to vote in the UK runs out next
year, I think.
 
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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

Well yes, if the 'I don't believe in any of them', is just an excuse for 'I can't be arsed', then the person doesn't have any right to complain.
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Interesting link culled from The Reg:

The Public Whip — Counting votes on your behalf
 
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I vote whenever the ballot drops through the letterbox, (normally nowdays spoil the paper with 'none of the above')
And pay a keen interest to politics, would like to study politics as a subject, perhaps as an online course or open university.

My grandad was a counciller for many years, and became leader of Thurrock council in the 90's.
 
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I vote when I feel the need to. Once I didn't because I didn't agree with any parties views, now though I just want Brown and this government out. At the moment I see Cameron as the lesser of two evils, and don't like that we didn't get a say over Brown.
 
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Regular voter here.
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Well I think this kinda explains why uk.gov
is getting away with what it does.


Time for AO to put up some candidates?

 
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Rubbish Ferdi. So you're voting for someone whose views you disagree with, and who you do not like or support?
How is that democratic? How is that helpful?

I see what your saying Bazza.... I should probably not vote because I'm more or less opting for the badge I dislike less than all the others... however If I/we don't vote then will not apathy reign... thats how Numpties like the BNP gain power... that and because my Mrs voted for them once because she thought they were UKIP - I made blummin' sure I pointed out the differance for next time

I can't help but feel that its the Civil Servants that are running the show regardless of the face or the badge in the top slot

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Re: Politics, How engaged are you?

Ferdi - if you are voting for the one you dislike least then, sad as I find it, I do think that is democratic. Or as close as we're likely to get sometimes.

It's when people have absolutely no preference at all, but apparently are still supposed to vote.

Any decision based on a preference is a good thing. But saying that putting your tick in a perfectly random box is better than missing out the tick altogether is nonsense in my opinion.
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Ferdi - if you are voting for the one you dislike least then, sad as I find it, I do think that is democratic. Or as close as we're likely to get sometimes.

It's when people have absolutely no preference at all, but apparently are still supposed to vote.

Any decision based on a preference is a good thing. But saying that putting your tick in a perfectly random box is better than missing out the tick altogether is nonsense in my opinion.

If one has no allegience or favour towards a particualr party then a spoiled ballot paper does the trick.

None of them get a vote, but your paper is still counted. you've still had your say.
 
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If one has no allegience or favour towards a particualr party then a spoiled ballot paper does the trick.

None of them get a vote, but your paper is still counted. you've still had your say.
HST - what does it count towards though
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HST - what does it count towards though
It is marked and noted in the final figures as 'spoiled', and credited to no party.

If everyone marked their paper as 'none of the above' instead of staying away from the polls, then the message would get across that if a goverment really wants a mandadte to rule, then they HAVE to change and get the backing of the silent majority
 
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