Did you vote in the European elections?
It seems many people didn’t, probably disenchanted with politics and politicians in general or perhaps just couldn’t be bothered.
Yet apathy is the enemy of democracy. When I feel apathetic about voting, I remind myself there are still places where women can’t vote, and what the Suffragettes went through in this country to secure votes for women.
I read a quote from John Stuart Mill on Twitter – ‘Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.’
This is very similar to another favourite of mine from Edmund Burke – ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’
These neatly sum up for me why we should all vote. We need to keep our politicians in check. They need to be reminded they serve us, not the other way around.
The rise of UKIP over recent years has been interesting, or worrying, depending on your viewpoint.
The party which David Cameron dismissed as ‘fruitcakes, loons and closet racists’ has apparently gained popularity with a disillusioned public who felt the mainstream parties weren’t listening to their concerns.
Which leads me on to the North Northamptonshire EU ‘referendum’, and the question should we stay or should we go?
Actually, I’m not sure. Is it even possible to remove ourselves from the EU, even if that’s what the majority of people in this country want?
I’m not sure if it’s desirable either – are we better off being in there, having a say, than sitting on the outside looking in?
If we leave the EU how will that affect businesses and trade? Will we see companies leaving Britain and relocating to mainland Europe?
We need unbiased information on which to base a decision, but who can we trust to give us this?