In the current information age and world, it is harder for 70% of people not to be well-informed. So saying they are blindly voting is highly improbable as they have info. However, for the 30% who also shares the same information and yet can come to a different conclusion, it is easier to say that they process the info differently. This is the logic of matter so I am with you on this.3Boys wrote:What is irksome to me is the use of the term "the 70%" as if these are blind and deaf morons who don't know better and have somehow been fooled by the ruling party.sushi88 wrote:Agree. People still go coffee shops and internet to discuss the value proposition from each side before casting the vote. Eversince oppies have made a headway into the parliament, people are open to having oppies in there as voices especially via a by election that would not overthrow a government. So the chance is pretty much 50-50 unless CSJ does or says something wrongly.3Boys wrote: Kind of patronising for people to hurl insults at PAP voters as being simpletons, don't you think? Perhaps the 30% need to do a bit of soul searching themselves? So far I've not seen a single convincing argument as to why it's better to cast a vote for the oppies.
What I see, is some form of vague discontent in the 30%, sometimes stemming from a lack of the broader view of matters and perhaps some self-centredness thrown in.
What I want is a strong competent government that moves society as a whole forwards. It may mean, depending on where you are in the social continuum, that you win on some issues and lose on others. But you take it as a whole offering and not cherry pick the stuff you are unhappy about without giving credit or taking for granted the things that do work for you.
The second part I also agree with you in general except that in a by-election, one opposition candidate is supposedly not going to change the government so as a voice to discuss controversial issues, I am fine with it. However, it must be an appropriate voice. Now is for the BB residents to decide if this voice is one who can help us or cause us more pain in the parliament. I think at the BB level, the candidates need to be evaluated based on their own merits instead of looking at political party. Just my 2 cents since I cannot vote there.