After a long day of doing absolutely hee-haw in a field, two sheep are positively famished. They were just gearing up to tuck into some lovely grass when two big scary wolves startle them from behind.
Both the wolves said:
“We’re having you two sheep for dinner!”
In a panic and keen to make a compromise and live on, the first sheep said:
“How’s about this: we’ll vote on what to have for dinner!”
I’ve solved the problem, thought the first sheep, both the vote of me and the vote of my pal – the second sheep – will cancel out the vote of the two wolves. We’re saved!
Also, the second sheep was thinking. It thought: Well, I’m not really that interested in politics and all the name calling and the like, y’know? And, yeah, I don’t know if I’m even registered!
Whilst the Second Sheep was hingin’ aboot – for the lack of a technical term – the wolves had waited long enough, and ate both the sheep.
Though the consequences of not being registered, and thus not voting, may not be as drastic as being eaten by a pair of wolves (although it may be closer to the truth concerning some Tory policies than they’d have you believe), it does bring up a whole platter of difficulties, both for the individual and the country as a whole, which could all be avoided.
In not voting, you forfeit your fundamental right to whinge. Think about it: you’ve got absolutely no right to moan about your taxes or your wages, your healthcare, education – you name it – if you didn’t have any say in them in the very first place. Politics touches every branch of your life and if you’re not registered, you cannot shape the future of neither you nor your country.
I mean, come on, it’s not difficult – your passage has been paid for; women and men fought tooth and nail, died even, to ensure your voice is heard and heard fairly. It doesn’t matter if you’re poor or privileged, pretty or plain, if you’re from Paisley (m’on St. Mirin) or Pakistan – each voice is as important as the others.
And my personal favourite: if a country has an election where not a lot of people turnout, the government formed will be skewed. We’ve seen it in the past, and if you don’t register, we’ll see it again; and it isn’t fair on anybody!
So, I urge you to take up the challenge in registering to vote and, in doing so, exercising your priceless right to make room to build new steps of change for you, one another, this country and the world.
Sorry, are you still here?
Do not be the second sheep.
To quote Still Game for some political insight: He who hingeth aboot geteth hee-haw!
Photo from Audrey