November 15, 2013

Jeremy Paxman on voter apathy

Paxman said in the Radio Times:
"Russell Brand has never voted, because he finds the process irrelevant. I can understand that: the whole green-bench pantomime in Westminster looks a remote and self-important echo-chamber. But it is all we have."
Jeremy Paxman then explained that he strongly believes in people actively exercising their vote and said that we "ignore the democratic process at our peril." He then reflected on the 2015 General Election:
"At the next election we shall have a choice between the people who’ve given us five years of austerity, the people who left us this mess, and the people who signed public pledges that they wouldn’t raise student fees, and then did so – the most blatant lie in recent political history."
He added: "It won’t be a bombshell if very large numbers of the electorate simply don’t bother to vote. People are sick of the tawdry pretences."
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