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If I ruled the world: Jeremy Paxman

Make voting compulsory—and promote thoughtfulness

By Jeremy Paxman   January 2017

shutterstock_editorial_5612726aa_webLet’s start with some practical changes in Britain. I would make it compulsory for people to vote in general elections. If you live in a society, that’s part of the deal, along with paying your taxes. Compulsory voting would be conditional, of course, upon there being a box on the ballot paper marked “None of the above.” To require citizens to make the minimal effort of going to a polling station every few years seems to me the least that anyone could be expected to do.

I’d put limits on the length of…

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