Posted by Ian
I’m not going to bang you over the head with all the moral and ethical reasons for voting; any sane, rational person is familiar with them and knows what to do.
I’ll merely remind you of how, in an age where so much of our life is beyond our control, the chance to have any kind of say about the world in which we live is precious.
We can no longer influence the price of a tank of petrol or a loaf of bread; we can’t do anything about interest rates or the ability to find a mortgage; we can’t stop our country going to war or signing up for more nuclear weapons; we don’t have a way of preventing jobs disappearing abroad or companies being gobbled up by international corporate giants.
But we can do something about the state of our roads, our bin collections, our nearby leisure centre, our parks, even our street lights and pavements. That may not sound very much, but together they add up to a hell of a lot to do with our quality of life and our ability to enjoy the world on our doorstep.
So get out and vote on Thursday. To coin a phrase from that unfairly-maligned decade, the 1980s: think global, act local.