Earlier this year I read a report on voter apathy comissioned by Lodestone Communications with the research conducted by Survation. Q31 on the survey asks 'Which of the following would be most likely to persuade you to vote in a UK general election?'
Seven choices were offered, with an eighth of 'other'. I asked for (and received) the answers respondents gave to the 'other' category in this question. The majority of answers to the question related to frustration with politicians, for example:
- If politicians were forced to stick to their mandate
- If politicians did not lie and were accountable for what they say
- A legally binding agreement that they must adhere to their promises or be executed
- If non-conformance to the manifesto were made an offence punishable with long jail sentence
- What you say is what you will do.