While I am not a great believer in the democratic process, when given the opportunity to vote* I make the effort to do so, even if it is just to send the message to “those who would rule us” that they are all a bunch of gits and I hate them.**
My voting pattern has shifted from the tribal Labour of my youth, through core Conservatism in my thirties, followed by a brief flirtation with Liberal Democracy before emerging into the rightful libertarian anarchy of spoilt ballot papers in my forties.
Given that the current incumbent in my constituency is SNP (Scottish National Socialist German Workers Party) and his nearest rival is
the candidate for Jeremy Corbyn’s reanimated corpse of Old Labour some Tory twit named Murdo Fraser, I suspect that a spoilt ballot will again be my personal choice with “None of the above” scrawled across the ballot.
That being said, there is a bit of a difference with my visit to the voting booth on Thursday as this will be my first involvement in devolution (voting for a member of the Scottish Parliament to represent my constituency here in Perth), but also I will not be the youngest voter there, not by a long chalk.
It will be the first parliamentary election in Scotland in which 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote, under the provisions of the Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Act.
I’m a great believer in the viewpoint that “No taxation without representation” works both ways and since, by-and-large 16 and 17 year old’s don’t pay tax (VAT accepted), I don’t believe they should have the vote.
Indeed the only reason that they have the vote is that Alex Salmond and his bunch of SNP halfwits came to the not very surprising conclusion that 16 and 17 year old’s were a bit more susceptible to lefty propaganda, especially during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum.
Now I might be prepared to make an exception for the referendum as it was billed as a “once in a generation” plebiscite and 16 and 17 year old’s had as much to lose as anyone in Scotland, but the extension to other Scottish elections is going too far.
It’s got nothing to do with “expanding democracy” or any of the other meaningless twaddle that is often talked about and everything to do with gerrymandering the ballot because 16 and 17 year old’s are more likely to vote for left-wing parties, after all they have precious little to “Conserve” all of it coming from the Bank of Mum and Dad.
So I’ll be going to the polls much later than usual on Thursday, by which time, I hope, the newly appointed voters will be doing their homework or tucked up in bed with their teddy bear “Aloysius” and a nice hot Ovaltine.
For myself, I’ll be taking a bright red bingo pen and a clothes peg for my nose, after all, its a dirty, smelly business this voting malarkey.
* – When in residence in Penang, Malaysia I am not entitled to vote as Article 119 of the Constitution of Malaysia defines voting rights as only for Malaysian citizens and I hold a mere long-term resident visa.
** - Utter contempt is too mild to describe the depth of my animosity towards politicians, councillors and their ilk.