Our Duty

So, if you live in the UK you’ll be aware that today marks the local elections. I am in no way politically minded – I actually can’t stand politics. I understand the role it has to play in a society and can accept that not all members will believe the same, but equally it shouldn’t be so difficult to know what things are ‘right’ and what are ‘wrong’. For me, politics blurs the lines far too much for my liking.

4a3e2be86cb83374824c26c53ab29f7dHaving said that I recall on the day of the general election in 2017 I met my neighbour for a drink and became quite agitated with her when she admitted she didn’t vote. So much so, that after I left she felt compelled to go and mark her ballot. It turned into quite a discussion in the end; specifically because it became clear that we wouldn’t have voted the same way…

Yet, I’m glad she ended up voting – even if she was somewhat coerced into it. Because everyone deserves their chance to be represented. Despite sometimes feeling that not ‘every vote counts’ (if you’re in the centre of a particular stronghold it can often feel that it’s barely worth it) I do genuinely advocate that it should be done. If only to maintain the right to complain when something like the bin collection dates become ridiculously far apart, or your local libraries start closing, and developers start to build carbon-copy housing estates on the greenbelt areas you adore.

As such, if you do live in the UK and are eligible to vote and haven’t yet: what are you waiting for? Stop reading and go and do it. This is a right that not everyone in the world has, and you’re wasting an opportunity to make a difference. Just think: if no one bothered to vote: what kind of society might we be living in?

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