... to vote BNP or to not vote at all
:thumbs:2 possible reasons for not voting:
No candidate who represents you
2 possible reasons for voting BNP:
Being a racist thug
Allowing their rhetoric to cloud your view of what they really stand for.
I'd rather be apathetic or unrepresented than evil or stupid
Disclaimer: I don't really think that you have to be stupid to vote for the BNP. But assuming you aren't racist, I do think you must have allowed yourself to be fooled. But clever people get fooled all the time.
I can't divorce wanting all people with a different skin colour to be deported from racism in my mind, but let's assume for a moment that the first does not conclusively prove the second, and you honestly felt that the first would in some manner help the country without causing a humanitarian disaster and destroying our economy anyway. Surely knowing that their reason for their policies was the racism thing, you still wouldn't be able to bring yourself to vote for them.
I know that a great many people feel as you do, that we have to use our right to vote. I very much see the point, but I don't think it can be used as a catch-all, and be correct for all situations.Good post Bazza - you worded it far better than I could have done.
The only thing I would have added is the issue of a 'wasted vote', as I see 'the vote' as something we in the UK are very fortunate to have. Some people dont have the same rights as we do.
:thumbs:Well saidI would say it is worse not to vote.
People have died for the right to vote, and not voting is almost as bad as giving your vote to an extremeist party.
I don't agree with telling people not to vote BNP though, they should make their own minds up. Telling people who to vote/not vote for is something that happens in places like Zimbabwe.
Instead we need the non-racist mainstream parties addressing voters concerns, so that there is no need for the BNP in the first place..
:thumbs:I've already put forward reasons why the last two posts don't make sense in my opinion. Rather than just repeating the same old point again, why don't you explain what you think a spoiled paper achieves for the first, and what you think someone should do if they don;t support any of the options for the second?
I always scrawl NONE OF THE ABOVE. I'm still having my say. I don't care if only one person reads it and marks it as generic 'spoiled'. That, to me at least is preferable to sitting at home with an unused voting card on the mantlepiece.I've already put forward reasons why the last two posts don't make sense in my opinion. Rather than just repeating the same old point again, why don't you explain what you think a spoiled paper achieves for the first,