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The General and Local Elections are here. Irrespective of which party or none you support, please take time to go out and vote.

Since 1945, the turn out at General Elections has dropped steadily, yet in more recent elections, the trend has been upward. In spite of this, fewer than 70% of those of us who are able to vote do so.

Please don't let down all those who fought for universal suffrage; all it takes is a quick trip to the village hall.

Even if you're really discouraged by the attitude of the "political class", your most powerful means of expressing this discontent is to vote. Click here for a few more thoughts on the consequences of failing to vote.

Rightly or wrongly, policy makers make policy for those who vote. Those who don't vote aren't really a great concern. Even in constituencies where there is rarely a close competition, exercising your democratic right is extremely important. One measure of the strength of a democracy is the active participation of people in that democracy.

In global terms, our ability to express an opinion in this way is a huge privilege. And there are many of us who still feel a real buzz of excitement at putting a cross on the paper in the rickety booth at the Village Hall. There may only be 1300 or so people in Chelford but we are part of a much bigger world.

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