According to Andrew Rawnsley, that is.
Elections: if you can’t be bothered to vote, the person most to blame is you
Politicians and the media share some of the responsibility for low turnouts, but the public is guilty too
Wrong, entirely wrong. I didn’t vote in the PCC elections, not because I was apathetic, but because I chose not to. Just as I now choose not to engage with politicians of any stripe by enabling their behaviour. My vote is an endorsement of their behaviour.
Once, I thought as Rawnsley does, but my mind has been changed by observing the behaviour of politicians. It doesn’t matter what colour rosette they wear, they are the same under the skin – self-serving charlatans. And it doesn’t matter which bunch of thieves actually wins the electoral contest, the uncivil service will knock them into shape once they get their feet under the table, dripping poison in their ears, spilling the same vile authoritarianism.
So, no we are not to blame. They are in their entirely and a pox on all their houses. Not one of them deserves my vote and not one of them will get it.