Belfast Telegraph

General Election 2017
Voting for ‘change’ in Northern Ireland in recent years has proved a futile gesture

Having become weary of our pantomime politics, I have exercised my right not to vote 

I have a confession to make. This week I broke the habit of a lifetime. I did not vote. Shucking off my civic responsibility wasn't a decision I took lightly. People fought and died for my right to participate in the electoral process. I brought up my children to be politically aware and to regard casting their votes as a democratic duty, a small but vital contribution to the future of society. You can't complain about the status quo, I told them, if you're not prepared to act to change it. Those words are ringing hollow in my own ears today.

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