I think there’s some kind of vote on Thursday?
The thing is, I’m not 100% sure what it’s for. In England I think it’s about changing the voting system to the Alternative Vote. Here in Scotland (where I live) there’s something else going on. We’re electing politicians to be Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) but I think we’re voting on AV as well.
I’m not sure and nor does anyone else I’ve asked about it.
Why is this and what can be done about it?
Well, the most obvious answer is: don’t have an election… (at least not this week). Everybody I’ve talked to is weary of politics; the debacle of the General Election is still fresh in their minds and they don’t want another round of stupid arguments. Think about it for a moment. The AV vote in England (we think) is more of an internal thing. The Liberal Democrats made it a condition of coalition government that they got this vote.
No-one else, it seems to me, is particularly worried by it (apart from a few others). I know we should all be terribly bothered and all that, but I just can’t get interested… it’s as though it’s an internal thing with the politicians shouting at each other and not learning the lessons of previous elections where they act like children with everyone else laughing at them.
(And here’s a side note: Be careful what you wish for because you might get it. A couple of days before writing this it would seem that we are heading for a ‘No’ to AV vote with the polls showing a 55% to 45% victory for the ‘No Camp’. And where will that leave Nicky Boy and the LDs?)
The other problem, of course, is the timing of this election… buried behind the Royal Wedding and then the Americans had the temerity to find Bin Laden, which further robbed the election campaign of news headlines.
But the biggest issue facing the politicians is this (in the words of Catherine Tate and Lauren); ‘We ain’t bovvered.’
Some of us are, but most of us ain’t.
The politicians are, but we ain’t.
Of course we should be, but we just ain’t.
Because it doesn’t feel relevant to most of us. Like my blog last week about training being useless unless it’s relevant, politics is the same. To me it seems as though the politicians have got hot under the collar because of their internal issues and forgotten, once again, to make the debate relevant for everybody else.
For example, will a change to AV make a difference to me and my business? I dunno… and that’s the issue. The debate is about who would get elected and who would lose their safe seat. It’s politics.
Please, politicians, do learn that to be relevant to everyone else, you have to make politics relevant.
Sweepstake on the % turnout? I reckon 28%.