Seamanship Quotation

“In political activity, then, men sail a boundless and bottomless sea; there is neither harbour for shelter nor floor for anchorage, neither starting-place nor appointed destination.”
— from Michael Oakeshott's
Political Education” (1951)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Democracy’s mellow non-participants

Politicians tend to believe that the voters who didn’t bother to vote would have been on their side if they had. In Canada, at least, this looks like a poor bet.

The National Post’s Tamsin McMahon dissected Statistics Canada’s fresh survey of the 7.5 million eligible Canadians who didn’t vote in the May 2nd federal election. More than 50% said they didn’t show up because they were too busy or just not interested.

Sadly, only 7.6 % stated that they didn’t vote because they didn’t like the candidates or the issues that were raised in the election. Forgetfulness kept nearly as many away.

If you’re looking for change, don’t count on those who don’t vote. The protest vote you should be aiming for is the one that bothered to show up last time.

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