Wednesday, March 01, 2017

If we don't vote for a better future, who will do it for us? If not now, when? If not this way, how?

Ballot box
So here we vote again. Some people are cynical, saying "all politicians are the same - what's the point of voting?" I've heard people complain about their MLAs and then say, resignedly, "what can you do?"

There is only one thing to do, if you're not happy with the way your MLAs have been behaving (or your Ministers, or First Ministers, for that matter). Vote for Change!

If you don't like the current crop, vote for different ones. Even if there were no better candidates (or parties) on offer, it's good to clear out the corrupt and complacent every so often. But there are plenty of better choices than the current administration. Pick some, for goodness sake.

If you didn't vote last time, you have nobody else to blame. Vote for a change!

Primo Levi quoted a song of the Partisans, who resisted the Nazis during the war:
“If I'm not for myself, who will be for me? If not this way, how? If not now, when?” 
If not us, who? If we don't vote for change, there will be no change.

If not this way, how? If we don't use our vote when we have the chance, how can we change politics?

If not now, when? If, after NAMA, the persistent whiff of corruption, Ash for Cash, incompetence, arrogance, and a refusal to work together - if after all that, there are no consequences for the DUP, what will they imagine they can get away with in the future?

We need change, and we need it now!