Not everybody deserves a vote. That was really my opinion. Some people are stupid and don’t vote for the right party, or the right reasons. We don’t let Barclay the Dog choose our electricity provider, yet we allow millions of people vote for whoever they like, when they haven’t got the faintest clue why they’re doing it, or what the people they’re voting for represent. My evidence of that is our current government, and the existence of UKIP. Today everybody has a vote and look at the state we’re in.
But I’ve had a better idea. Originally my idea involved taking votes away from people. In my own mind I had justified that by lookin at it as bein cruel to be kind. My new idea is much better and doesn’t involve taking anything away from anyone. In my new system nobody decides who they vote for.
Rather than picking a candidate for a party, voters will answer a series of questions that cover a wide range of political issues. The party that most closely matches their opinions is the one they vote for. We could have an party independent department in government that deals with it. Perhaps each of the parties could agree on the topics covered, but not the wording of the questions.
Each question would be proceeded by a video staring a popular celebrity explaining about the particular issue. Do you think the minimum wage should be changed? Here’s Scary Spice explaining it to you. Ok I don’t know any current celebrities but you get the idea. Watch a video, answer a question, move on to the next one. We already have a government department that could put together reliable information about the impact of various party policies.
Why stop there? Let’s take it further. The government know what job everybody has and how much we earn because we all pay income tax. Could we take that data and calculate which party’s policies would have the biggest impact on each voter’s life? The government also know what benefits you’re getting. That data could be included in the quiz. That way if you’re answering a question about the minimum wage, the system would know if you’re on it and be able to tell you how policies would directly affect you.
Most importantly, there need to be a way to do this online. I pay my road tax online. They send me a letter with a code number, which I put into the website so they know who I am. Is that safe enough a system for road tax but not for voting? Of course you could add other security steps such as asking for other personal information about an individual like birthday, address, and so on. Surely there’s a way to do this now.
So there it is. My totally inclusive, totally informed, and totally fair voting system. Good? Bad? Frightening?