Saturday, 21 August 2010

I am off to vote shortly although I

always wonder what difference it will make. I know, one vote does count! It is like one stitch in a garment or one turn of the pedals or one stir of the pot....or even one square of chocolate. (The last is a particularly sad state of affairs.)
A friend of mine showed my father one button recently. It is the only button of its kind. It is, we think, made from a slice of a tree root. The shape is pleasing but irregular. The colours are both light and dark. It has been smoothed and polished to the extent that it almost feels slippery. It is a lovely button but as yet it has no purpose except to exist, give pleasure and be of potential use. One day my friend may use it on a bag or as a single button on a garment. It will then become part of something else but it will also still be itself. I find that idea strange yet fascinating.
When I go to vote I will be choosing a member of parliament to represent me. I may or may not get my first choice. I may get someone I did not choose at all. Whatever happens the person who is elected is supposed to represent me and be part of a group of people who will help to run the country. It does not matter whether they are part of the 'winning' or the 'losing' team. They will be part of the garment that is supposed to proect us. They are a bit like the button and it will be better if they are firmly sewn on. It seems like a good reason to vote.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

So Cat, what's the outcome likely to be? Are you making purrediction?

Tony said...

I have already voted (and had to queue for ten minutes). next time, I'll vote for anyone who promises to end compulsory voting...

catdownunder said...

Well the queue was reasonably short but not short enough for someone who yelled and screamed and shouted obscenities because he was told to go to the end of the line. I thought to myself, "this clown has a vote?" - I would vote to end compulsory attendance at the ballot box on that alone!

Old Kitty said...

Good luck with the voting - according to the BBC it's very very close.

May the best woman win (ahem.).

Take care
x

Frances said...

My last choice seems to have won in my region. A decent man who is not unintelligent, is not dishonest, but who has no tertiary education or interest, and has never worked outside the region. A man who says, "everyone thinks...", when he means "me and my friends", and a man sharp enough to detect the ruse that scientists are trying to put over us by spouting this hokum of climate change.

A true anosognosic: too stupid to know that he's too stupid for the job. Oh dear.

catdownunder said...

Still no result Old Kitty - they were right about close. My tip is Labor will get in.
I think we are going to lose our local member Frances - and I am worried about the new Green power in the Senate. I am all for protection of the environment but I don't think they are going about it the right way and some of their other policies really worry me. I wish they had a 'Practical, Sensible Environmental Protection Party'.