Many years ago, people I've never known or ever met died to grant the right to vote to people who never had it before. This fact is flown in the face of people who complain about the current government but didn't cross their ballot paper. "You didn't vote, you've got no right to moan." The implication of this is that the voting system is perfect. In the same way that my spiritual views do not fall in with any organised religion my views on public affairs do not so far fall in with any political party.
Not a situation I'm entirely happy about but that is the way of things at the moment.A loose summary of my available options:
Labour - I think one of my first blog posts from 2 years ago had me washing my hands after voting Labour.
Conservative - Blair 2.0.
Liberal Democrats - Need to read the manifesto to see what they have that New Tories haven't stolen.
UKIP - Not anti Europe
Green Party - A few fundamental disagreements.
BNP - I'm a long stretch from being that right wing.
Respect - Never has a word been so misappropriated.
English Democrats - Too odd a premise
Monster Raving Looney - Using a vote for comedy value is a little wrong
Independent - None known to me.
Stand myself - If everyone was forced to this option we'd be in a spot of bother trying to run a country...
If my views are evenly represented by more than one party and one of those parties is guaranteed to get into power then voting is not worth my time. It doesn't do anything.
There remains only two reasons that I can see to vote:
1. My vote will go to someone who represents more of my views than anyone else.
2. The parties then evenly represent my views have a chance of being ousted by a party that represents me less. In which case I have to choose between them.
So enough of this if you don't vote you can't complain nonsense. In the case of these local elections there was more benefit in spending 20 minutes consolidating my thoughts and writing this post than going to the polling station. Next election I hope things are different.