Posted as a comment to a TiG article entitled ‘”Use your vote or don’t moan – Town Crier’, but it’s a couple of days old now (I only found it while looking for the ‘word for word’ of theĀ Gloucester candidates’ debate), so I thought I might as well put it here too…

‘I read much the same sentiment being put forth forward by Mark Hawthorne a couple of years back in this paper, but he’s wrong too. People self-evidently *can* ‘moan’ without voting, and they have as much right to do so as anyone else. Only fascists would try to change that. Of course it would be great if there was a ‘None of the above’ option, or more people spoiled their ballot papers rather than just not bothering to vote, but even apparent apathy should send a message to our politicians. It’s a shame that the people of Gloucester don’t start a fund to pay the deposit for a ‘NOTA’ candidate whose only function would be to provide a box for that option. Be a bit awkward if s/he won, though…’

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