May 03, 2018

UK: Why I’m Not Voting Today

Jack BuckbyRebel Contributor

Ever since I turned 18, I made a point of making it to the ballot box every single election.

In the last eight years of voting, I’ve voted against electoral reform (we wanted PR, but we were offered AV), and I’ve voted to leave the European Union. But in most general and local elections, I’ve actually just spoiled my ballot paper.

In general and council elections, I have only ever voted for a party once – and that was the Conservative Party last year. The 2017 General Election was pretty unique; it was the Brexit election. I can’t stand the Tories. They’re not real conservatives, but I wanted Brexit to at least have a shot of passing through Parliament. Sure, Theresa May could soon betray us on the Customs Union, but can you imagine the chaos if we had a Labour/SNP/Green/Lib Dem coalition in charge right now?

But most of the time, I use the ballot paper to make my feelings known to the candidates – not by putting a cross in a box, but by writing something. Interestingly, I find that a lot of people don’t really know you can do this.

But what’s the point? Well, the power of spoiling a ballot paper was made clear to me, when, during the count for an election I stood in, I was called to the front of the room to review the spoiled ballots with all of the other candidates. I recall standing there politely while a blushing returning officer had to read off a myriad of linguistically creative insults written on ballot papers.

We all had to just stand there and listen while voters let rip on what they thought about us. And it felt kind of good… Because I knew they weren’t talking about me. They were talking about the big parties and politicians who have let down the average voter across successive governments.

Today though, I’m not even doing that. I’m not even writing a snarky comment on my ballot. The local candidates simply aren’t worth my time. Admittedly, my decision was partly made by the fact that I’ve just moved house and couldn’t really be bothered to go through the process of registering – but it’s not just that. I’m getting tired of going through the motions – turning up to the ballot box, ticking a box for a lesser-of-two evils, or spoiling my paper, heading home and then watching as the horrors unfold on the overnight election coverage.

We live in a pretty dire political landscape. There is currently no national political alternative that will truly make change. I don’t believe Jacob Rees Mogg offers much hope, and I want to talk about this more soon (and I will). I’d be surprised if UKIP can turn its fortunes around. There are passionate people like Anne Marie Waters on the scene building a political alternative, which in time can grow – but right now, Britain’s political landscape is essentially a house of cards. It’s waiting to be knocked down, but for now, it’s still there. And it’s big.

It’s a shaky tower propped up by top-down lies, and reluctant electoral support from increasingly despondent voters. And I don’t want to be a part of that.

So for now, I won’t.

Today, I’m not voting.

 

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commented 2018-05-04 10:20:17 -0400
I’ll be at my local returning office on May 10th , the first day available to vote the dispicable Wynne out of office.
Luckily the goofy hapless Patrick Brown was turfed out as I’m sure he would have blown the election somehow.
Too bad we can’t dump Andrew Chipmunk Scheer because he is just another Brown/Hudak clone.
ONTARIANS VOTE EARLY VOTE OFTEN
commented 2018-05-04 06:27:38 -0400
This article sounds very familiar.

Andrew Scheer is a disappointment most PC’s. Trudeau is a useless cuck and not worth my time.

I can tell you this; If things don’t change with the PC Party I’m not voting and the 86K member rural Ontario association I belong to won’t be voting either.. It`s a waste of valuable time for more of the same BS..
commented 2018-05-04 01:49:50 -0400
Are there no patriots running for office? Do you just have Traitors seeking office? I don’t get it, if you have someone who would change everything for the better and put Britain back on the map? A person like Anne Marie Waters, why the hell would the majority not vote for her or her party representatives? I guess British Politics is a lot like Canadian Politics, a MESS.
Oh and Jack, if it’s too little too late, your done , it’s over and there is no going back, at least I’ve never seen it.
commented 2018-05-04 00:44:24 -0400
The UK is an Islamic sewer and “your” politicians are beyond hope and treasonous and useless , the only way forward is civil war or surrender to an Islamic caliphate
commented 2018-05-03 23:33:44 -0400
I just can’t stay home, though my voice may lost in the crowd….I still have a voice.
commented 2018-05-03 23:30:58 -0400
Wonder if they read the spoiled ballots to candidates here in Canada. I am still on the fence a bit if I will either vote Tory next year or do squat. If I choose the latter I would definatly spoil it if it was read to the candidates.
commented 2018-05-03 19:11:56 -0400
Robert, Not sure if Putin belongs in that line up of traitors you mentioned.
commented 2018-05-03 19:08:28 -0400
“Remember, today voting day. Get out and vote.” says the fellow who did not get out and vote.

Seems oddly contradictory, Jack.
commented 2018-05-03 17:54:35 -0400
were i live the ndp win every election, so i to do not vote, but if we actually had a close election i would need and have to vote. we just say no voting ever is basically saying any garbage out there like trudeau, horgan, corbyn, and putin are your next leader. rather at that point to have 100,000 tonne asteroid hit the planet.
commented 2018-05-03 17:15:14 -0400
I hate the attacks on NIgel FErrage because he went to a private school when he was a kid. So therefore, as idiot logic dictates, he is not blue collar like the new leader.
commented 2018-05-03 16:55:56 -0400
Hi Jack….as the UK rebel contributor shouldn’t you have c clip about the “Day of Freedom” organized by your friend and former rebel reporter, Tommy Robinson, for the Rebel viewers?
http://dayforfreedom.com/
commented 2018-05-03 16:06:33 -0400
I would vote UKIP, their new leader Gerard Batten knows what he is talking about and he has the ability to stand up to verbal bullies from the BBC and Sky News etc. He is like a reserved Nigal Farage, polite without giving an Inch.