Voting

I turned 18 in 2003. In 2005 there was a general election and I was given my first chance to vote. In 2007 there was a Scottish election and I had my second chance to vote. It’s obvious that I should’ve voted in both, but only in the 2005 General Election did I make any effort to vote, and even then it was slightly un informed and without any conviction, and in 2007 I just ignored the whole affair because I honestly think the Scottish Parliament is a bit of a joke. That’s my opinion though. My vote wouldn’t have actually counted because who I would’ve voted for ended up being voted in, and the overall outcome wouldn’t have changed by my one vote.

And now, in the General Election week of 2010 I have, for the first time, a serious interest in the result and who I will vote for because of several reasons:
- I am older, and wiser. I suppose that means I know who to vote for, but it in practise makes me think I know even less.
- I pay taxes. I now contribute a healthy amount to the country every hour I work and this means I feel I can complain about the levels of service the country gives me back if I wish to.
- I have an interest. It’s a passing interesting, sure, but listening to PM’s questions week in week out has given me a knowledge of what’s going on beyond what I had in the past.

So will I vote? Yeah, this time I feel like I have a say and that it might count. I think that if I vote and my party fails to win a majority I can take that because I had my say and I took part in voting that is my privilege. The interesting thing is that I know some people who can’t vote but do pay taxes. They are also immigrants into this country, but add massive amounts to the economy and culture of the country. I don’t know if I think its right they don’t get to vote… but then would they if they had the chance? I didn’t when I could have.

Anyway, this is the last time I will mention it because it is deathly boring. I am bored even writing this.