I don't really understand why you seem to regard not voting as a badge of honour, Des? If you don't vote it's unclear what message you're trying to convey - is it none of the above, is it any of the above or do you simply not care? Whatever the reason, non voting will simply be viewed as an expression of apathy, as a tacit endorsement of the status quo. They'll make noises about engaging voters, but there's little reason why politicians especially ought to care that you didn't make it down to the polling booth - at the end of the day it's not harming their party's vote share. Ultimately, the reason why young people get so reliably and consistently screwed over by those in power is because they don't vote in sufficient numbers. It seems inadvisable for us not to vote.
I do fully understand a lot of the frustrations, and I do rather think that a lot of us aren't provided with a great incentive for voting for any given party. However, I do think politics is always essentially going to be about compromise. That's true of party politics and it's true of those of us engaging in the political process as electors. There's unlikely to be a party that represents all our values and ideals and so we have to find the next best thing. If that's not possible - if you really think that all of the parties are as bad as each other, if you think the whole process is rotten - then why not spoil your ballot? At least then you're expressing anger, disillusionment, something.
I appreciate why some people don't want to vote but I would advise them to look at the bigger picture.
You might feel that whatever government is in power wont affect you personally but what about everyone else?
This government has been a utter disaster for a number of things that are important to me but probably don't directly affect me. (Drug policy/treatment, Badger cull, Fracking etc)
That is enough reason for me to try to engage and hopefully encourage some change even though the chances are slim. Voting is just a small part of that action.
What do you hope to achieve by not voting? Or is it just so you can smugly say to your friends that you didn't vote because it doesn't make any difference and at least you didn't engage the system?
Are you doing different things? I don't know your other views so you could well be leading protests against voting reform which would be cool.
Much better than chatting rubbish on a football forum anyway.
So go ahead mate don't vote. It's nothing special it's what lots of people do and it plays directly into politicians hands.
Okay so you feel that the current system is rubbish. What are you doing to change that? Genuinely intrigued.
My attack plan is 3 fold.
1) Don't vote. Don't partake. Don't encourage the madness.
2) Voice my opinion in a public arena, such as this. Prior to the closure of TFF I had an audience of roughly 20,000 I was able to subtly influence on a daily basis.
3) Educate. Everyone knows the best way to change the future is by passing wisdom onto the next generation, and then hoping they will have the intelligence and strength to do what we have failed to. As such I'm currently training to be a teacher.
Hope this helps mate, cheers.
Personally I think you're the idiots for believing anything they say or do. They're all the same, not one of them has the best interests of the common man at heart, it's all about personal gain for them.
Enjoy voting, I hope you all feel really satisfied when your vote has no effect on the outcome