Monday 19 May 2008

"Democracy simply doesn't work.."

Young people urged to 'Rock the Lisbon vote'

19/05/2008 - 15:12:40
A pressure group established to encourage youth voter turnout in the last election has turned it's attention to the upcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and is urging young voters to exercise their right to vote.

Pop group The Flaws, along with You Tube Starlet Sofie Merry were amongst those who were at the launch of the campaign in Dublin today to generate interest in the upcoming Lisbon referendum.

Those involved in the campaign are hoping that young people will educate themselves on the details of the Lisbon Treaty and the impact it will have on the country if it gains a majority Yes vote on June 12.

So yet another vapid patronising attempt to engage an electorate is peddled out. These campaigns are a joke. They make zero attempt to educate their target demographic as to what the referendum is about and rely on crass media whoring to convince young people that they can "Rock the vote".

Why not tell Johnny and Sally Bebo what the Lisbon treaty is about? Why bother getting people to vote for the sake of it? Like last year's election these campaigns are a complete waste of time and money (whose money, for that matter?). So compelled with being bipartisan, this bullshit exercise in PR offers nothing in the way of information or debate, and does nothing to compel people to vote on the issues at hand. Do we REALLY want people swayed by these hallow soundbites to have a say in the running of the country? People harp on about our democratic duty, which is idealist to say the least.

Put it this way - I'd rather the vote had a turnout of 40% of the electorate who had an informed opinion of the referendum at hand rather than see polling cues of clueless 18 year olds there because The fucking Flaws told them that voting is cool.


Darren said...

Hear hear! Brilliantly said.

The electorate is ill-informed enough as it is without introducing a gaggle of voters who have no interest in the referendum and are merely showing up at the poling stations because it has a perceived coolness.

If there was more emphasis in helping young people understand what they were voting for rather than just promoting mindless voting, this would be a far better referendum with a far higher turnout.

Andrew said...

Couldn't agree with you more! Bizarrely, I was gonna put a link to Darren's page here, as he's been blogging about this all week, but he got here before me. I still haven't a fucking clue what the whole thing is about.

Thriftcriminal said...

True, but strictly speaking if the vapid ones vote randomly they will have no impact anyway right?

Democracy no longer exists it has been subverted by PR and Friedmanite economic policy. A no vote will be percieved as anti-corporatist and could have a negative impact in terms of fleeing capital, but then the rules need to be re-written anyway.