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  • Disillusioned

    Thursday 3rd of May was the local election day in Britain. A third of the councillors have to go to the Polls every year.

    Since I have had the vote I have never missed voting in an election. I feel that I owe a duty of respect to the generations that fought for the right to vote. I also want a say in who represents me in Parliament, Europe and in the Local Council.

    This year I found it hard to muster enthusiasm. We have a Coalition Government made up of The Conservatives and the Liberal Democratic, the cabinet is comprised of 21 millionaires and Multimillionaires - Mainly Very Posh boys

    " who do not know the cost of a pint of milk or loaf of bread!. "

    How can these people represent the ordinary people!

    MPs are now drawn from professional politicians. Many new MPs' career are political researcher, then advisor to Party Leaders, and they then are put forward as preferred candidate to local parties in safe seats. They have no knowledge of the real working world.

    Anyway enough of that back to Thursday. It was a grey day with continuous chilly drizzle and biting winds. I was cold and wet when I got indoor. I did not feel like turning out again to vote but I had a shower washed and dried my hair put on dry clothes and set off to the polling station. I walked there, it was still drizzling a cold miserable evening. When I got there there was not one member of any party outside to greet people and take the poll cards which traditional they have done and shared the information between the parties. Each party armed with that information would then go out and knock up their voters who had not turned and get them to the polling station.

    Never in all my voting life had this happened before. I was fuming and almost turned round and walked off. The council seat was marginal but the parties had not mustered any one to do this essential work. My ward has often been won with only 50 or a hundred votes between the parties!

    I was fuming because I had bothered to turn out and the Parties' members had not. I almost walked away but I have the right to vote while people in Burma have faced prison and torture for the right to vote! I value my freedom to cast my vote.

    The number of people who voted was less than 30 percent. The majority of people no longer see how their vote will change anything. A sad indictment on our Politicians.

    The House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said:

    " Voters feel let down by political parties because they are "suspicious or even despairing" about the political system."

    I feel disillusioned. I feel the political parties are merging together into a elite grey mass that has no comprehension of the majority of peoples' lives and the hardship the current recession has caused to so many of us.
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