I don’t give a xxxx: apathy and British elections
The declining turnout in British elections has been a problem in recent years, and although it recovered slightly in 2010 it’s still far below the levels seen in the 1950s and 1960s. While turnout in second order elections has collapsed to a level where the legitimacy of the result is questionable.
Turnout is particularly poor amongst 18-24 year olds.
This interesting piece in the Guardian discusses a social media campaign entitled ‘I give a x’ encouraging young people to vote.