Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am always prepared to excuse a person who made a conscious decision not to vote.
But how many of the hundreds of thousands of people who didn't vote, or didn't even bother enrolling, fall into the "consciously decided not to vote" category?
I imagine a good number of them instead fall into the "something was good on the telly so I stayed home" category", or the "nah, politics doesn't affect me" one.
In Egypt there is an election where people are queueing for hours and hours just to be able to vote. Old folk in their 80s are voting for the first time in their lives, and they are thrilled at the chance they have been given.
I won't hold it against you if you didn't vote, because you may have had a good reason not to.
But if your reason was "too busy mowing the lawn to bother," or "had a big one the night before so stayed in bed all day", then I don't want to hear a single whinge from you during the next three years about either the government or opposition parties. You had your chance to make a difference.