Why people won’t vote

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Andrew Rawnsley wrote a column in the Observer yesterday under the title 'Euro and local elections: the Stay At Home party will win a landslide victory'. In the process he offered all sorts of explanations as to why Labour and the Conservatives cannot generate significant poll leads, why people will vote UKIP and why most people will not vote at all.

What was odd was that the whole article was written from the perspective of the two party system.

Stranger still was the failure to recognise that given the consistency of view between the two major parties on matters such as austerity many, thinking that there really is only a two party system, simply fail to vote because they are not offered an effective choice.

It seems that even the commentators on the Westminster bubble can't see why it's so far removed from reality - and the pluralistic system it is meant, at a minimum, to supply.