Friday, March 04, 2011

64.6% could not be bothered to vote in yesterday's referendum.

One: A staggering 64.6% of people who were registered to vote in Wales, could not be bothered to vote in yesterday's referendum.

Two: 517,132 of the people who could be bothered to vote, thought it was a good idea for the National Assembly for Wales to have extra law making powers. The "Yes" vote attracted 63.5% of the votes counted in the referendum.

I am shocked at these results. I think that a voter turn-out of just 35.4% is disgraceful for democracy. What is up with these people? We get very little chance at all to have our say in anything important. To throw your vote away and not be counted is no better than being a member in a flock of sheep.

This referendum went against my opinion, I voted "NO". The "YES" vote of 63.5% is so far ahead of the "NO" vote that I concede defeat. This referendum is representative of the people of Wales. It shows very clearly two things...

One: The majority of people living in Wales have given up on politics and are not bothered by what happens in Westminster or Cardiff Bay.

Two: The majority of people living in Wales want to pay more money in taxes, so that they can enact more laws that are only applicable within Wales.

I hope that the United Kingdom Alternative Vote referendum on the 5th May 2011 will have a much better voter turn-out than the miserable 35.4% in yesterday's referendum in Wales. The question posed will be:

At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead?

...and my vote will be "NO". This was not a difficult decision to make and I just hope that people will be bothered to vote, rather than blindly live their lives like sheep. You only have the one vote, every once in a while, so get your lazy backside off the sofa and along to the post box or the polling station.
I agree entirely with u Steve, but unfortunately the apathy shown is simply down 2 the fact that politicians in this country are liars, 2 faced, Lilly livered, corrupt and downright waste of space!!
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