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AIBU to suggest “Vote but don’t vote properly."

(38 Posts)
kentmaid Fri 12-Apr-19 12:55:58

I believe everyone who has a vote should use it. If you don’t like any candidates or even the reason for the vote, you should send positive message. Go to the Polling Station, collect your ballot paper, then write “None of the above” at the bottom. Keep it clean!

So many seem disillusioned with the current set of politicians/parties that we need to send them a clear message “You’re not doing your job.”
Currently it’s Brexit with both Leavers and Remainers let down.
This thread is NOT about Brexit but about how we ask all politicians to get their act together.

Maybe, one day, we’ll have a box on the ballot paper which says “None of the above.” If “None of the above” got most votes, all candidates would have to stand aside for others to try for our support.

eazybee Fri 12-Apr-19 14:45:41

If you void your paper it has to be read by the candidates, so it is a clear way of getting your message across.
I intend to do this if the European elections are forced on us.

paddyann Fri 12-Apr-19 14:51:42

European elections aren't being "forced" on us ,they are the result of the incompetence of the UK parliament ...starting with Cameron who began the whole farce and then beggared off ,and the tories who want the EU gone before the new financial rules come into play .Scotland voted remain ..we are entitled to be heard.If an island like Malta ,which is smaller than Arran,has a population less than Edinburgh and a much smaller GDP can have a say in OUR FUTURE then the people of Scotland should too.A new referendum would be a way towards that..or just let us've bled us dry for long enough .

craftyone Fri 12-Apr-19 15:04:12

I am going to void council elections, unless there is a brexit candidate, which I doubt. I believe that there will be a brexit candidate in the euro elections and I will definitely vote brexit. I used to be a paid up member of the tory party, torn my card up and donated to the new brexit party instead

eilys Fri 12-Apr-19 15:20:20

Have been a member of a political party for years have just left ,will still vote but use a spoilt vote,have counted at many elections and have seen many spoilt votes

petra Fri 12-Apr-19 16:07:26

Same here. I've been phoning everyone I know who voted to leave and so far there are 50 who have joined and donated. Some of them have donated large sums grin

maryeliza54 Fri 12-Apr-19 16:19:45

So what are the Brexit Party policies on the issues that las are responsible for? Social services, education, trading standards, refuse disposal, recycling, libraries, highways - I’d love to know

trisher Fri 12-Apr-19 16:21:29

If you don't like the candidates or their policies why not stand? Spoiled votes mean nothing.

mcem Fri 12-Apr-19 17:20:55

Spoiling your paper is a pointless waste of everyone's time even if you do get some childish pleasure out of it by metaphorically stamping your feet and sticking out your tongue.
The Tories have seriously messed up - and I don't mean just brexit. but how stupid to vote for the one-trick-pony party led by the devious toad that is Farage, who has proved the most dishonest and corrupt "MEP" of all!

craftyone Fri 12-Apr-19 17:47:28

wd petra grin

I certainly do see that empty vessels make most sound. We, the majority, are gearing up and will soon be a force to be reckoned with. We are quiet and determined, all those I know are voting for brexit, all clever and talented well educated professionals, not shooting their mouths off, just getting on with their important work in our democratic society

Pittcity Fri 12-Apr-19 18:08:10

I vote differently in the local council elections as our current ruling coalition are spending money on "white elephants" instead of needed services.
I don't think Brexit needs to be considered when voting locally.

mcem Fri 12-Apr-19 20:51:32

Good point pittcity but could someone please explain to me what would happen if 1. Farage does establish his "party" and weird though it would be, they establish a hold during the euro elections
2 They subsequently

mcem Fri 12-Apr-19 21:05:06

Good point Pittcity.
May I ask -
If Farage puts together his "party" and they somehow manage to establish a presence, what happens after the euro elections?
They continue to campaign for brexit obviously but if the country in the end does "not" see sense and brexit isn't cancelled, then what?
At general elections, would Farage and co continue as a party, fielding candidates and producing manifestoes? On what policies?
Or would they "graciously bow out" as they would have resolved their only issue?
Poor old suffragettes.
Fancy looking back on your lifetime achievement to see this deceitful, pointless chaos!

mcem Fri 12-Apr-19 21:06:42

Sorry. Please disregard that part of my first post which disappeared then somehow sent itself!!

annodomini Fri 12-Apr-19 21:12:08

I envy those of you who will be voting north of the Border.

Urmstongran Fri 12-Apr-19 21:38:17

I’m with you both petra and craftyone
I’ve joined the Brexit Party and donated. So have quite a few of our friends today.

I think there’s going to be a tsunami of support for Nige!

mcem Fri 12-Apr-19 21:49:43

And then what?

Urmstongran Fri 12-Apr-19 21:59:58

The politicians of this country will get a rude awakening and Leavers will have a voice at long last.

It’s coming.

GillT57 Fri 12-Apr-19 22:54:01

Well those of you who have sent money to the charlatan Farage need to check where it went as his Brexit party website has been hijacked as the silly git didn't register it properly.

lilypollen Fri 12-Apr-19 22:54:43

Be warned! Check out how to cast your protest vote as obviously spoiled papers will be discarded. I think you write NONE across the candidates names. You put a diagonal line through the boxes where the crosses go and your negative vote is then counted and has to be seen by the parties contesting that election.

maryeliza54 Fri 12-Apr-19 23:01:23

Isn’t it lovely to know that the first candidate announced for the Brexit party (. Apart from Nige of course) is that ordinary woman of. the people Annunziata Rees-Mogg?

BlueBelle Sat 13-Apr-19 06:38:39

I can’t live much longer with the thought of the most odious man I’ve ever heard of starting a party, and all you clamouring to join have forgotten in your xenophobic bubble what a raging hypocrite and racist he is If that’s the kind of leader you want then my country is lost to me

MamaCaz Sat 13-Apr-19 07:57:46

I can see the point behind spoiling your vote in a FPTP election.

European elections are a different matter, being under some form of proportional representation. There, a spoilt paper really would be a wasted vote imo.
I'd like to add a lot more on this, but as the OP doesn't want this to be a Brexit thread, I will refrain. A new thread needed for that, I think!

craftyone Sat 13-Apr-19 08:34:20

I grew up, don`t have rattles and a pram any more

mcem Sat 13-Apr-19 09:14:09

Anyone who has grown up would have the sense to see through the manipulative cheat that is Farage!
Are you seriously saying that drawing his salary while attending virtually no sessions or meetings is acceptable!