Consequences of being uninformed at election time

This blog is a follow on from Laurie's blog about the US midterm election but with a UK twist. It's about being informed about policies which have far reaching consequences rather than the negatives which we have become used to. In our coming election there will much talk about immigration the economy, the NHS and reining back public expenditure. However the biggest single question will be the UK's membership of EU.
We will be bombarded with rhetoric and misinformation about Europe from both sides of the debate, who to believe?
It may be wise to ask yourself a simple question:

' do i know what it would mean if the UK exited the EU'

If like me you find yourself thinking I don't know then how can we make an informed decision as to which side of the debate our vote should be cast, i.e. do you support a party or an individual candidate who wants to leave the EU or stay in.
I for one will research the pros and cons of remaining or leaving before casting my vote. I will not leave it to politicians or uninformed canvassers to sway me either way.
As I have said the question of Europe is the most important issue facing us, the electorate, it is devisive and we already see battle lines being drawn.

I would ask that this blog is not used to voice your views one way or the other. I have written it so that we as intelligent adults can put forward your thoughts on being informed before casting your vote.

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  1. vonMichael

    I am not in the position telling you what would be the best for England?? All I can say what would be the best for Germany; leaving the EU as fast as possible!

    I know that will never happen cos financial interests count more than any other.
    A simple example may clear the desk: exporters are dealing in the EU day by day whereas private persons go on holiday once or twice a year.

    Please don’t ask me to look at the finance industry nor to judge it. I daresay by my non-essential meaning people, the private sector itself and the industry were better of when England still had its shilling.

  2. laurie

    Pat, as Michael said, I don’t live in the UK either so am not qualified to have an opinion on the specific issue, but on the general topic I agree with you completely that a well informed electorate is vital to a successful democracy.

  3. roseinbloom

    Patak, I am surprised that there is so little interest. Is it a situation that most people just don’t understand. You certainly wrote a very good blog.

    1. patak

      Rose, sadly it was not a surprise to me. It did prove a long held theory that many of the so called educated people in the UK don’t care and appear to a be a flock of sheep led by wolves. Our next election could turn out to be momentous and depending on how well anti or pro European candidates do will be a defining point in what direction the UK takes. I’m afraid most people in the UK will be swayed by however spins the best story and completely ignore what is best for the country and their own welfare. One could say the same for the USA after your midterms. Typing for your comment.

  4. lo1234

    Only one-third of the voting population bothered to vote in our (USA) recent election. Two-thirds couldn’t be bothered or didn’t care. Pretty sad. I hope you have a better turnout and they are informed and understand the issues before casting their vote.