Robin's Diary: 9th May 2024

Do we care as much as the media?

The recent elections saw a record low turnout to vote, in some areas less than 30%, and even in the highest areas, they were struggling to get above 40%. So, basically, that suggests two-thirds of us are not too bothered about who wins.

By contrast, if you switch the news on, you would think we are all interested! Maybe we are all interested, but just don’t see it making much difference who wins?
I must admit, I don’t think it will make much difference to most people who wins the next General Election. Most of the issues are now worldwide issues - we live in a world that is connected in so many ways. Globalisation I think is the modern term for it, and, as such, we are impacted more by what happens elsewhere than we are by what happens in the UK. Food prices are dictated by energy costs - which are up and down depending on worldwide crisis, shipping, and weather - but not massively by what we do in the little old UK.

Maybe we all need to look at a globe or world atlas and realise we are a small Island, with much less influence on world events than in the past, and just make the best of what we have, rather than complaining about differing views?

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're misinformed." - Mark Twain