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Register to vote in European Parliamentary elections

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With just over a month to go until the European elections on June 4th, the Electoral Commission has launched a voter registration campaign which includes this advert, currently being shown on prime-time TV.

It’s a great start, and will hopefully raise awareness about the elections, which traditionally suffer from very low turnout (in 2004, turnout was less than 40 per cent). What the advert doesn’t make clear enough, however, is the danger of not voting. Low turnout means that fringe parties, including the BNP, are in with a real chance of winning seats in some regions and representing us in Europe.

The EU suffers from an ambivalent and, at times, hostile, press in Britain. Yet decisions made in Brussels have a very real impact on all of our lives – registering to vote and ensuring that it is credible politicians who are making these decisions is the least we can do.

Written by bethmellor

May 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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  1. Hi!

    Low turnout is also a problem here in Hungary. The parties scatter the cities and towns with their ad’s, but they only scare away people from voting, thanks to their pessimistic and offensive nature.
    I hope the next EP will be able to handle the ongoing crisis without pumping another millions of euros into the bank-system.
    Fruitful elections to both of us 🙂

    naxx

    May 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    • Thanks for your comment; it is interesting to hear that the turnout problem is as bad elsewhere in the EU – I had thought the UK was the least-engaged member country. I hope voter registration campaigns are a success both here and in Hungary.

      bethmellor

      May 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm

  2. The BNP are as ‘fringe’ as Respect. Nobody I know, or, indeed, don’t know, is launching a co-ordinated campaign to make sure we ‘stop Respect and their vile message of anti-Semitic hate’. Although, notwithstanding the manner in which the mainstream media fixates on the BNP like a stingray on a TV naturalist, that would be a logical step, no?

    Jonathan

    May 4, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  3. Shiiiit. Look at your tags. Barack Obama. European Parliament. Home Office. The Scotsman.

    Now look at mine. Susan Boyle. Eurovision. Big Brother. Frank Lampard.

    Ever get the feeling our careers are heading in different directions?

    Jonathan

    May 6, 2009 at 11:29 pm

  4. Turns out I’m thrice registered, offering me treble the opportunity for a ballot-spoil.

    An interesting Martin Kettle op-ed here, tangentially related to our conversation on Saturday: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/28/labour-reform-a-new-politics

    And I also find myself, reluctantly, coming round to Nick Clegg. This G2 interview certainly helped: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jun/01/interview-nick-clegg-liberal-democrats

    Nick Christian

    June 1, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    • Top marks for being keen! Saw the Nick Clegg interview today – love the bit about his kid holding up a piece of paper saying ‘Blah blah blah…’ !

      But the best thing in G2 today has to be this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/jun/01/charlie-brooker-women-men-power

      bethmellor

      June 1, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      • Charlie Brooker, on the f-ing money.

        Important caveat, though, is that the women that come in to replace the men need to be actual women, not women pretending to be men. (As all of them from Thatcher to Hillary Clinton seem to have been.)

        You fancy a pop?

        Nick Christian

        June 3, 2009 at 12:48 pm


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