Opinion: You have the power to create and topple governments, don’t waste it, says Matt Gaw
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If you really care about democracy, it’s time to make your voice heard
When you go down to the ballot box today, you will have real power in your hands.
It is the power to create and topple Governments, the power to bring about meaningful changes in the institutions that impact on our every waking moment – our health service, our education and crucial aspects of home and foreign policy.
There have been times over the last year where voting has been portrayed as pointless, an engagement with a non representational system that will bring the same parties to power again and again.
But to reject voting is not a radical act; it is a reactionary position that suits an element of our society that does not want to see change. Because change, political or otherwise, rarely comes about from the generosity of those entrenched within the establishment, those who benefit most from the status quo.
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No, it comes from tireless fighting and questioning and voting from those who are below.
Politics in this country is changing and it looks increasingly likely that the next Government will be another coalition rather than a single party with a majority.
- 1 Ipswich Town reveal full retained list as six first-teamers get extended stays and eight depart
- 2 Town take up contract options on duo with plenty of departures still expected
- 3 Chambers and Skuse set to be headline exits on day of departures at Ipswich Town
- 4 Mark Heath: The Town players Cook should keep and release today
- 5 Suffolk estate which featured on TV show on the market for £1.25m
- 6 Town confirm four more exits at end of season
- 7 Chambers and Skuse to leave Ipswich Town
- 8 Armed police box in cars on A12 after men seen 'fighting with swords'
- 9 Search for man after girl, 10, accosted at B&M store in Stowmarket
- 10 Man in 20s dies in collision between lorry and pedestrian on A14
It is truly possible that your voice could help shape the balance of power for the next four years.
And remember, whatever happens after the dust settles, this vote is just the foundation of our political lives – an act of engagement that should be complemented with grass-roots action, community projects and local campaigns on issues we value.
So please, if you really care about democracy, make your voice heard.