I'm not saying that you voting or not voting will influence other people. But it will influence the result - one extra vote either way. It might make a difference, it might not, but it definitely won't make a difference if you sit at home doing bugger all.
I'm just doing this one post on this, because I know other people don't agree, and you're right, we've been here before and I don't want to fight about it. BUT I hate hate hate people who sit at home moaning about the state of politics and how craply the country is run and oh woe is them life is so unfair and then you ask them how they voted - how they exercised their one major and irrevocable right to have a say in the government of the country - and they say 'oh I couldn't be bothered'. UGH.
My flatmate was telling me about one radio phone in show about Julie Kirkbride and the expenses scandal where one woman phoned in and was ranting and raving about how disgusting it was that we'd voted these people in and they were exploiting public money. The interviewer then asked her how she'd voted at the last election. Lo and behold, she hadn't bothered. At which point the interviewer and other guests shot her to pieces.
I don't care if you research all the options and truly feel that not one of the parties represent a single view that you hold, or if you go in and spoil your ballor paper, but if you just can't be bothered then don't bloody moan about how crap such and such a policy is and how such and such shouldn't be in power. If you don't vote and the people you want to get in don't get in, you should bear in mind that it was within your power to get off your arse and register your vote. 30 minutes out of your day once every 4 years is hardly a hardship.
I hear what you're saying but what if you vote and the party you want still doesn't get in? Doncaster has always been safe Labour seat for as long as I can remember and it's people seem to be of the mindset that 'working class folk' vote for Labour, and it doesn't matter that the Labour government have sh*t on them for the last however many years.
Immigration is a sticking point for a lot of people but which party has got the balls to say enough is enough and the country is full?