Demand a better future and don't vote.
I WON'T BE voting this year. I'll be joining the 800,000 or so folk that decided not to vote at the last election and, more than likely, most won't vote again this year.
This will come as a big disappointment to one Samantha Anderson, a Labour Party supporter, who thinks that by not voting I will be displaying unseemly apathy and must be whipped into shape immediately. I will come to love David Cunliffe! I will pull my electoral socks up! She writes:
If we can motivate and encourage even half of the 800,000 to vote this time, then the left will have a damn good chance of winning. Talk to your neighbours talk to your workmates, encourage them to vote, educate them, if we want change then we have to be the change. We the people have the power, do not be fooled into thinking we don’t. People throughout history fought and died for your right to vote, and still to this day people fight and die to have this right, so to choose not to vote is at the very least disrespectful to their memory.
This is condescending and insulting stuff - right up there with Martyn Bradbury's proposal to brainwash school children to accept that representative democracy is the next best thing to sliced bread, and not the failed and corrupt political system that it really is.
According to Anderson we can bring about 'change' by voting for another right-wing Labour Government. Only an idiot can't work out that 'change' is more than merely changing the personnel running the country on behalf of the rich and powerful.
So, Samantha, if you want to vote for business-friendly David 'socialism is not a word I use' Cunliffe then good luck to you - but don't pretend that you are somehow politically or morally superior to all of us who won't participate in your charade.
A vote for the so-called 'Coalition of the Left' will be a vote for the continuation of the neoliberal policies that have dominated this country for over three decades. It will be a vote for Labour-led government that will be just as enthusiastic about promoting and defending the interests of capitalism as a National-led government.
Remember this is also what the union bureaucracy are promoting - and will be spending rank and file money on trying to achieve. All the crimes that Labour government's have committed since 1984 have been conveniently swept under the carpet by dirty union bosses that have refused to fight - ever. They now want you to vote Labour or one of its fellow travellers. Show them the door.
But I'm not promoting cynicism or passivity in the face of these dismal 'choices'. As I've written many times before, we need to begin the work of building a genuine left wing and independent electoral alternative. I'd vote for that and, I think, so would many other people.
But I won't be voting for a Labour-led government that will inevitably demonstrate its loyalty to the system of profit rather than people's needs.
As the great American socialist Eugene Debs said, “I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it, than vote for something I don’t want, and get it.“