‘N’ these people can fuck right off too

Making the day of each general election a national holiday has been endorsed by MPs as part of a package of proposed changes to try to boost voter turnout.

The Commons political and constitutional reform committee said it could help restore “greater esteem and excitement” to the electoral process.

There is no esteem and excitement to the electoral process. Largely because we know that those standing for election are, by definition, a bunch of shits. We just don’t care very much whether it’s the Pepsi or the Coke party that sits on the gravy train.

When there is an issue of importance at stake, as with the Sottish referendum, voting rates soar.

The fault is in the stars of the political system, not ourselves.

BTW, a bank holiday costs the UK economy £2.3 billion. So, in order to lavish more attention on political egos we should all be made even poorer?

22 thoughts on “‘N’ these people can fuck right off too”

  1. FFS, just make it a Saturday or Sunday – no disruption to schools and a day when more hardworking(TM) taxpayers are around to vo … oh, I see the problem.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    On the plus side it shows they are worried. The fact that they have to force more of us to bend over and kiss their rings suggests they know they face a “democratic deficit”.

    If they were confident they won a mandate, they would not worry how many of us voted. They know. They know we know. Rope ends cannot be far behind.

  3. Sooo basically it’d be a free bank holiday? And like most bank holidays the evening before would see people packing into trains and cars to go somewhere different for a jolly nice day out — away from the polling stations.

    “Our democracy is facing a crisis if we do not take urgent action to make elections more accessible to the public and convince them that it is worth voting.”

    What the fook is more accessible than walking down to the local school/church hall to scribble a cock on a piece of paper? There’s even postal voting options for the elderly, crippled or foreign.

  4. It takes, oh, 1 minute to actually vote and I reckon most people, certainly in towns, are 5 minutes or less from a polling station: let’s say the vast majority of the electorate spend less than 10 minutes voting. Moreover they’ve 15 hours within which to vote – and that’s if they don’t use a postal vote.
    We don’t need a bank holiday or weekend voting: we need a reason to vote ie a recognition by voters that the vote actually makes a difference.

  5. There’s a certain correlation with political systems (FPTP has lower turnout), but I think that turnout is more than anything about, as you say, what’s at stake. We’re not facing the possibility of Foot and Benn coming in and nationalising everything.

    South Africa’s first election had an 87% turnout. All those black people wanting to make sure that weren’t going to get the sort of government they’d been forced to have for so many years. The last election was 73% – many of those people are more relaxed about it.

  6. Surely the next day that needs to be a public holiday as well? So that we can all gather in public places to cheer on the new government. Maybe give them a ticker-tape parade.

  7. It’s worse than Dan says, most people will also take Friday as a holiday, either formally or informally, so it becomes a great long weekend, akin to Christmas or New year, and so a good chance for a few days away.

    So instead of packed polling stations we’ll have the usual bleat about airlines and holiday companies jacking up prices and train companies doing engineering on the one or 2 days that the vociferous use them . No doubt air traffic controllers or baggage handlers will see it as an opportunity to add to the misery as well.

    File this one under yet another fucking stupid idea we didn’t think through.

  8. Tim, when the incentive to not voting is having your daughters raped and your house breed down by tots is, I guess queuing for hours to but a cross on a piece of paper is quite an attractive proposition.

  9. @Henry, interestingly, the chap who invented autocorrect died on Wednesday.

    His funding is being hell next weed.

  10. bloke (not) in spain

    Why is increased turnout always regarded as democratically beneficial?
    Presumably, the most valuable votes would be cast by informed, involved people & the least valuable by the ignorant, can’t be bothered.

  11. BniS

    “Why is increased turnout always regarded as democratically beneficial? Presumably, the most valuable votes would be cast by informed, involved people & the least valuable by the ignorant, can’t be bothered.”

    Taking it a step further, the lower the turnout the better. My own vote carries more weight..:)

  12. bnis,

    My general observation is that the sort of people who proudly announce that they aren’t voting, that they’ve been “disenfranchised” appear to be the sort of people who want Livingstone, Benn and Scargill running the country.

  13. Mercifully the discussion of laws on compulsory voting seems not to have surfaced as yet. Have to agree with the Stigler – almost every clown in CiF claiming ‘disenfranchisement’ within the current political system is someone who considers Benn,Livingstone and Scargill heroes, and thus an indirect accessory to the murder of 100 million people…..

  14. @Van P
    We’re well down the slippery slope to compulsory voting – Blair made registering to vote compulsory in 2001 and the LibCons have added a fine if you don’t. And once you’ve registered they pass your allegedly private info to a bunch of financial companies.

  15. I’ve voted in every election, local, general, European even the police commissioner that’s taken place since I’ve been old enough to do so. I believe that voting is one of the most important duties we have- even if we do just scribble a prick on the ballot paper. Im fairly sure I’d struggle to be bothered if it interfered with a day off though…

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