In just over a week’s time we go to the polls to chose not only the individual who will represent us in Parliament but also those who will act as our voice at borough and district council level.
All in the newsroom have overheard someone, at some stage, over the last few months say ‘I’m not voting, there’s no point’ or words to that effect.
We couldn’t disagree more. This opportunity only comes around once every five years and it is important your voice is heard.
Whether you pick your candidate for their party colours or on their personality, if you don’t vote, then do you really have a right to moan about what happens?
At least if the person you voted for didn’t get in you can argue ‘it would have been different if the other chap/woman got in’ and if you did back the winning candidate and you’re still not happy then make sure you tell them!
Democracy has also come at a cost, so do we not at least owe it to those who make sure we have this right to vote, to do just that?
So, come May 7 where will you ballot paper be? In the box with a cross next to the name of one of the candidates or left in the polling station untouched?
We know where all of ours will be... and that comes at a cost to our reporting team - if there’s more votes to count, then it will take even longer to declare the result!