- 15 million didn't vote in the last election
- 9 million of those were women
- The Conservative party had 10 million votes and the Liberal Democrats 6 million.
So as you can see only one more million people voted the current coalition into power than those who didn't vote. If those 15 million missing voters had used their vote wisely, we might not have had the past 5 years of Tories.
In my opinion, if you don't vote you give up your opinion on the country for the next 5 years. Public transport, the NHS, education, benefits, minimum wage, equality, housing- those are all the things controlled by the government and by giving up your vote you give up any chance of changing this.
I become a modern day Suffragette when it comes to voting, especially to women who choose not to vote. I've been known to shout "WOMEN DIED FOR YOUR VOTE" to ill informed family members and friends. It's only less than100 years since we gained the right to vote. There are still in this day and age where people are dying or being imprisoned because all they want to do is vote for their country's government. When you are so privileged that you get to have a say in your government, it's just irresponsible that you would give it up.
Up until very recent years there were just two "main" parties in the United Kingdom, but in 2010 there was a big shift. A massive unrest because of Iraq, the recession and everything else and the two main parties just didn't give us enough. This time around the once smaller parties; Lib Dem, Green, SNP, Plaid Cmyru, and unfortunately UKIP have an almost equal footing and although it will take a coalition with the "big 2" there's still a chance for these parties. But only if everyone exercises their right to vote.
In case you are still undecided, Becky Bedbug did a great collaborative post with other bloggers about who they are voting for.
The simple explanation is, if you think "my vote wont matter" it wont. But if you want to be part of the change, vote.