My perspective (below) on voting and Royals etc is, perhaps, a little different from those recently appearing in the CH. There is no room for my views in the CH, so I publish them here.
I can understand why many people don't vote and have little interest in politics. After all, each of us only gets a very very rare opportunity to have a very very tiny say in selecting one representative of many. After that, the representatives head off to fulfill their party agenda, using whichever means they deem to be most opportune according to expert guidance from bureaucrats, pollsters, special-interest groups, lobbyists, and media-proclaimed pundits.
All that being said, I do vote and I make a futile effort to communicate some sense to those who claim the right to govern me by virtue of having been elected to some national, provincial, or municipal body of potentates. Our political system is infinitely superior to being governed by a bunch of theocrats who regard themselves as the embodiment of the will of God, whoever she is? The most tiny vote is obviously better than being governed by a dictator, let alone by a hereditary dictatorship. Voting gives us a blood-free way of disposing of our rulers --- albeit at the cost of paying for their gold-plated pension plans. Speaking of gold-plated pension plans, it is a great triumph that us British Subjects have sufficiently declawed our Monarchy that they have become little more than pomp and ceremony, otherwise they would be truly intolerable, eventually blood would flow. So what am I to make of the suggestion (Peter McKenna, CH July 15) that it is time for a mature discussion about compulsory voting? Well, yes, I say. But with one proviso, that compulsory vote should really count for something substantive. Presently, the laws of the land are made and approved by our representatives (including those not elected to the Senate) and then passed on for that final stamp of approval, the one called "Royal Assent". I respectfully submit, that if a voter is to be compelled to vote then nothing could be more worth voting for than the very legislation that our representatives (and Royal Assenters) presently presume to impose upon us.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us have a real democracy. You know what I mean, let the people make the final determination as to which laws they will consent to be bound by. Ultimately, having representatives is no more meaningful than throwing gold dust at passing shadows in flickering candlelight. Laws matter and The People deserve to directly make the decisions.