Acts of Rebellion

If voting could change anything it would have been made illegal. That’s what the establishment think. We have a system of democracy, but it’s failing us. Why?

Because we as voters are becoming disengaged with those in power and those in power live elite lives with little to connect them with us, the common man. Whoever you vote for the government wins.

But we can change things.

Please, register to vote and use your vote. This plea goes out especially to young people.

Don’t tell me you don’t understand, you don’t know anything, your vote won’t change anything. That plays into the hands of those who would keep the status quo.

Please, register to vote and then vote. You have until May 22nd and here’s how”

Less than 40% of 18-25 year olds are registered to vote. It takes minutes to register and not much more to vote and the impact of that vote can echo down generations.

In 2016 boundary changes came into place. Alongside new rules for registration of votes brought in last year, disenfranchising many and making it harder for students to vote, this makes it even more urgent that young people engage with their right to vote. Consider it an act of rebellion against the status quo.

In Cambridge 17% of voters vanished from the electoral register when new legislation was brought in. Don’t let your voice be silenced because those in power do not like the way you might vote.

Register. Now. You have until 22nd May. Together we can make democracy work.

Jonathan Pie says it better than me, if with rather more ‘colourful language’.


About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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3 Responses to Acts of Rebellion

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    I sent this minor rant to The Orkney News’ as a comment to an article – and they posted it. I ask again – where is Nye Bevan?
    “This is my personal view – not necessarily representative of the view of ‘The Orkney News’ – not a lot to do with farming or fisheries either, but I takes my chance when I sees it – maybe I should go into politics?

    Theresa May Gives Me The Creeps
    Maggie Thatcher made me angry – when she did that speech where she para-phrased the Prayer of St. Francis – I was incandescent! She made me angry, very angry, but she didn’t give me the creeps.
    I used to think that, if she just had a completely different set of ideas, if she was a Socialist instead of a Tory, she would be an asset to the nation. However, she was a through and through, True Blue Tory. But she didn’t give me the creeps.
    David Cameron, to me, represented the archetypal laminated Fat-Cat Tory, but he didn’t give me the creeps.
    Theresa May gives me the creeps, and it’s a different thing. When you looked at Maggie Thatcher’s eyes, they were cold, hard, steely, but they did look out at the world around her. When you try to look at Theresa May’s eyes – well, you can’t – they’re shifting about all over the place. She gives me the creeps – but who do we have as an alternative?
    I’ve been racking my brains, racking my brains, to try to see who there is to vote for. There isn’t another viable party. I’ll probably vote for Alistair Carmichael, our local MP, as I think that he does a good job of being our local MP. At one time, I would have thought I’d never vote Lib. Dem. Needs must, and all that. It was the same at the last election – who to vote for? But this time, it’s vital, absolutely vital, to get Theresa May out, but how do we do so?
    Maybe other people will vote for their present local MP if that person is doing a good job, maybe quite a few of those will be Independent candidates – something which appears to be becoming more common, as the main parties give us less and less incentive to vote for them. That isn’t how to get Theresa May out, though.
    What is the answer? What can we do? I hope someone can come up with some answers.
    I have a book called ‘Why Not Trust The Tories’ by Aneurin Bevan. Maybe we need another Nye Bevan to appear from no-where in the next few weeks.
    Not very likely, but you never know. Meanwhile, I’ll have to continue racking my brains.
    And meanwhile, Theresa May will continue to give me the creeps.
    Try to look at her eyes – bet you can’t.
    I’m not so much a Floating Voter as a Thrashing-About-Madly-In-The-Water-Possibley-Drowning-Voter.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    When I sat down to write this, I thought that I was having a bit of a cheek – completely changing the subject. Then I realised that I’m not doing so, as what I’m writing of, is also an Act of Rebellion, though a fictitious one.
    In your blog, you have often written of the importance of reading. I’m presently reading ‘The Uncommon Reader’ by Alan Bennett. If you haven’t come across it, I strongly advise y’all to read it. The blurb on the back includes a quote from someone who describes it as “A gloriously entertaining comic narrative, but it is also much more: a deadly serious manifesto for the potential of reading to change lives.”
    I’m not sure about the deadly serious bit – is Alan Bennett ever that?
    It is intelligent, and very funny, and also says so much about the importance of reading, in so many ways. It’s a short book, but there are layers and layers to it.
    The idea is that The Queen takes up reading, which, for her, turns out to be an act of rebellion.
    Seriously, it’s most excellent, and might ease our minds of the madness, for a little while.

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