So, we had elections. Two sets on one day in some areas, while others only voted for MEPs. (The European parliament.) And afterwards I happened to be in a fb group where someone asked what happens next, does their MP change?
Several of us explained. And went on explaining. We explained the different levels of government. We explained different parties. We explained proportional representation. We attempted to explain media manipulation and spin and UKIP.
But the answers that came back and the questions that kept coming.
Like the comment that said there aren’t enough houses in this country, there are 60 million people and there aren’t 60 million houses.
Well no. There wouldn’t be really, as at the very least children under 18 tend to live with their parents.
Do you know what? I do blame the schools. Show me where on the national curriculum politics and economics and citizenship actually engage people and let them know how voting works and why it’s worth it.
There was one person who said about the Euro election that she wanted to vote for a small party and they never get in. But it’s PR, proportional representation. There is a point in voting for small parties.
And now we’re hearing about the ukip earthquake. And not a whisper about the greens. Is the media scared of the greens? Why are they so rarely mentioned?
More and more and more I think that whatever the headline says, we should be looking the other way.
1 in 10 of us voted for ukip. But nearly 6 in 10 of us didn’t vote at all, in some cases because “politics doesn’t apply to be”. Oh it does. And if you do nothing, don’t even turn up, then you will find that when you’d like it to, it won’t.
What do we do? How do we reach that 60%, before they let us drift to a place we don’t want to go?