Today was the last day for you to register to vote in the upcoming general election. If you’re reading this, I really hope that you will vote because I think doing so is very important. I know it’s quite easy to fall into the trap of thinking that all politicians are the same (I remember being strapped for good choices in 2015) but there’ll always, at least, be a lesser of two evils. Vote for the candidate you think is best, even if you don’t think they’re that good. Take the time to read manifestos and apply critical thinking.
The problem is that people like me (and probably you too) typically don’t vote – and by people like me, I mean younger people. And what do most politicians want? The answer is power and they’re not going to get that by appealing to those who don’t vote. So refusing to vote because of a lack of good choices is only going to continue the vicious cycle of you and me. By exercising your right to vote, you are showing politicians that they need to pay attention to you and your needs.
So, back to the question I posed in this post’s title. Does democracy really exist? Well, in theory, yes it does, but in practice no it doesn’t. If such large numbers of people are not voting, so much so that elections could be tipped in any direction, regardless of the result, if only they had voted, you can’t really say that the leader of the country is somebody who represents everybody (cough, cough, especially when lies and propaganda are the main decision makers for a lot of voters.) So please vote. Help to make democracy more of a thing and help to ensure that we can one day have a fair leader.