Did you vote in your local elections today (5th May 2016) ??
Voting like a few other things is a very emotive subject. There are those that wheel out the fact that people died to obtain the vote, so you must respect those people go and make your presence felt otherwise what did they die for? I in no way want to denigrate that colossal achievement which has resulted in the current flavour of democracy that we enjoy. Some element of voting was essential to bring order to a very unequal world and to prevent those in power from getting away with pretty much anything they wanted. Yet although it all began in the 1800's it wasn't until 1969 that both Men and Women over the age of 18 (they had over the age of 21 before) could vote.
Let us just examine the statement earlier 'Some element of voting was essential to bring order to a very unequal world and to prevent those in power from getting away with pretty much anything they wanted'. I don't see much evidence that anything has really changed, do you? I read facebook comments every day about the inequality here in our country, about the dissolution of the NHS, about TTIP, about the squabble over Europe and I ask a very simple question... if the majority of us want to keep the national health service, how come it is being systematically dismantled before our very eyes. If the majority of parents are fed up with their kids being tested to misery and emerging from education with major issues how is it allowed to continue? ... and if the majority of us didn't want to go to war in the middle east, how come we went anyway? Money... it's all about money, and it always was!