Posted by In case anyone missed it on June 06, 2001 at 20:57:26:
Voting on June 7th
Posted by Why Bother on June 01, 2001 at 00:03:02:
Was listening to a discussion RE: the UK General election on Radio 4 today and somebody said they werent going to vote and some old lady rang in who said she thought it was a disgrace that ANYONE wouldnt use their vote because her mother had been a suffragette and had lost her job and her first marriage and ended up going to jail in order to get the vote for women in the UK and that some in the suffragette movement had even lost their lives for the cause.
This woman had also lost some of her family in the second world war.
I know some of you will say "Yeah thats all very well but I dont really understand the issues involved in the Nice treaty"
Well the answer to that onew is literally at your fingertips. You have a computer, Go look up the arguments on the referendum commision's website, go to the websites of organisations/parties supporting and opposing the treaty. Even look up the text of the treaty yourself and then make your mind.
Remember In both Ireland and around the World people have lost everything -including their lives fighting for the right to vote and all you have to do on June 7th is to take half an hour and get up off your arse and go down there to vote.
reasons to bother
Posted by Mike on June 01, 2001 at 01:13:32:
Apart from the suffragettes you had/have the likes of.
Martin Luther King in the US ,Nelson Mandella/ Steve Biko in South Africa, Daniel O Connel in Ireland, The Civil rights protesters in Derry/Londonderry, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma/Myanmar, The Tiananmen Square protesters in China............
Posted by Lucky on June 01, 2001 at 04:58:23:
In Reply to: Voting on June 7th posted by Why Bother on June 01, 2001 at 00:03:02:
I'm in the US and I'm not a citizen, so right now I can't vote. But I did give anyone that didn't vote in the last election hell.
If you don't do something to try and change your country, and its government, then you have no right to bitch about your leaders. Voting puts your opinion out there, makes your values known. Voting is a privilage, to not vote because you're too lazy essentially means your thumbing your nose at all of the people that fought for your right to vote. It doesn't take that long, and if your person doesn't win, then you have every right to bitch, because you did your part.
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