“One day the Don’t Knows will get in, and then where will we be?”. This is a quote from Spike Milligan about our UK parliament. It has led me to think a bit more about the Don’t Knows. Suppose not many people vote? Suppose not many people even register to vote?
An analysis of the last General Election of 2010 is…
How many voted…. 65% of the population
The Don’t Knows…. 35% of the population
Votes for Cameron…. 36% of the vote, which is about 23.5% of the population.
So looks like the Don’t Knows did in fact win! With 35% of the population’s support, compared to Cameron’s 23.5%. They should elect a leader and install themselves in the House of Commons!
My guess is that the Don’t Knows are actually the people who think it’s all lies, and it doesn’t make any difference who gets in, they’re all the same. The media focuses everyone on the limited choice between the available candidates. But in this country there is another choice. TO NOT VOTE. Be a Don’t Know. Withdraw support from the system. Watch it crumble.
The Don’t Knows are treated with derision to try and stop them from being counted. As if they don’t matter. As if they don’t care. As if they don’t think. As if they don’t have an opinion. Phrases like “You have to vote if you want to make a difference”, “No use moaning if you’re not going to do anything about, you should get up and vote” are propagated by the media, and widely repeated to make sure the Don’t Knows are diminished.
But THEY ARE COUNTED. It took me a only a few minutes to get the statistics above from the Internet. They are always recorded and easily available. At the moment there are more Don’t Knows than support the Prime Minister. But that’s not a heavily publicised fact. If the number got a lot bigger, it might start to make an impact. So you could be doing something and making a difference by NOT VOTING.