Our democracy is a sham!
Turnout percentages in elections is shocking, Now i am not going to use this post to endorse or slag of anyone one party (otherwise it will be a very long post), There are a thousand reasons why you shouldn't vote for any party But that doesn't mean you shouldn't vote.
Some will argue that withholding you vote is also a part of democratic processes, I agree, but (yep here comes the but) how then can we call our Government a Representative government? Less than 50% of turnout will propel a party into government. This is not democracy.
So i am now going to argue for compulsory voting (OK i am going to give it a shot), Its a simple policy and one i hope attracts support.
The main reason people don't vote in elections because they feel that it doesn't matter who they vote for a crook and liar will get in and after the expenses scandal who can blame them? Or parties going back on manifesto promises.
If we are to have democracy then we must all take part so i propose a small fine (no more than £30) for every person who is registered to vote who doesn't, you ill say that i am forcing people into an action they don't want to do, maybe i am, but then don't parents force their children to go to school? eat their greens etc (yes i know this article is about adults). The other end of this proposal is that a extra box is added on every ballot paper saying "None of the above", then you see parties would have to work hard for your vote.
In some places None of the above could win and that is democrcy!