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Fury with MPs is main reason for not voting – Guardian/ICM poll PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Boardman   
Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:30

Poll reveals anger, not boredom, lies behind drop in political engagement.  I was not surprised by the findings of the recent Guardian/ICM poll:

“Nearly half of Britons say they are angry with politics and politicians, according to a Guardian/ICM poll analysing the disconnect between British people and their democracy.
“The research, which explores the reasons behind the precipitous drop in voter turnout – particularly among under-30s – finds that it is anger with the political class and broken promises made by high-profile figures that most rile voters, rather than boredom with Westminster.

“Asked for the single word best describing "how or what you instinctively feel" about politics and politicians in general, 47% of respondents answered "angry", against 25% who said they were chiefly "bored".”

To be honest, many politicians of the major political parties have brought this upon themselves, through the misuse of expenses, a failure to connect with the needs of the people and a failure to hold the Government to account.

For example our local MP sets great storeby his commitment to keep his expenses down, but his overseas trips make interesting reading. I am also struggling to find any occasions when he voted against the Government in support of the needs of local people. No wonder people are angry!

Whilst I understand why people do not vote, the trick they are all missing is that governments always bias their policies in favour of those groups of people who do vote, pensioners like me, for example.

If you are under 30 and want to take your anger out on MP’s, look to the ones who have supported increases in university fees, removed EMA, allowed a massive increase in youth unemployment, failed to deliver with employment programmes for young people, failed to respond to the need for affordable housing, leading to the high price of rents and the difficulties in securing a mortgage which have a disproportionate effect on younger people. You can only do this, by voting them out of office!


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