Democracy is the way in which ordinary people have some small power over the corporations, the state, and those with wealth and power.
Voting is how we gained education, health, safer work and pensions. We didn't always have them.
If politics is weakened, then ordinary people are weakened.
With weak politics, the banks, corporations and those with wealth have all the power. That's where we're heading now.
By not voting, you weaken ordinary people, and suggest that ordinary people don't even know or care.
'No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
But there is the broad feeling in our country that the people should rule, continuously rule, and that public opinion, expressed by all constitutional means, should shape, guide, and control the actions of Ministers who are their servants and not their masters.' Winston Churchill, Hansard 1947
We don't have the power to change the world on our own. We would all be dictators if we did. We have to change it with other people. Politics is the tool to do it.
Bad politics is not like a duff product, where you can just replace it. With bad politics, the only solution is… more politics to fix it.
We improve things through elections and debate. We make our elected representatives accountable for what they do - by voting them in and out. It seems the best option there is. It's not working well now, so together we need to improve it.
What matters most to every politician values is (a) their job, and (b) evidence of public support.
That's why your vote matters. It scares them. So use it.
Either Vote to improve the quality of the MPs who get elected, or Vote NONE to create visible evidence of the lack of support and the demand for better UK politics.