Sunday 22 April 2007

France votes

The French are voting massively today, something that probably hasn't escaped your attention. Abstention rates would appear to be at record or near-record lows, which has to be a good thing for democracy...

I'm not so sure. There are 12 candidates in this first round. A lot of people are expressing the sentiment that, from the 12, they can't identify anyone who truly represents their personal politics and values. There appears to be a lot of choice, but a choice of what? Not much.

In 2 weeks' time it's back to the polling stations to choose between whichever two candidates come out tops tonight. It will almost certainly be a choice between someone you don't want and someone you really don't want. And this is democracy?

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