Those of us who have been involved in political campaigns will have no doubt come across those totally disgusted and disillusioned with politics. Indeed I have many friends who have confessed to me that they think all politicians are the same, that they won't be voting and that in their view voting at the forthcoming General Election is a waste of time.
Why is that, I ask them? Well, they tend to reply, because they dislike Gordon Brown and David Cameron. When I probe them further, the response is usually a generic dismissal of the two main Party Leaders along with the rest of the political system.
This lack of interest among the public annoys me almost as much as the generic rhetoric of the establishment parties themselves. It is no longer credible for voters, especially younger people, to moan that they don't know who to vote for or that all politics and parties are the same. They are clearly not and with the invention of the internet this can be clearly proven.
Voters now have the amazing ability to be able to go on YouTube and watch thousands of videos of most MPs, candidates and parties, both from official and unofficial channels. You can go on to the relatively neutral BBC website now and check out the policies of every major party in the country on every issue. Sites like Vote Match even now allow the electorate to answer simply "agree" and "disagree" to policy proposals to find out which Party their views are most closely associated to out of the parties contesting their constituency.
It is hard for me to imagine what politics would have been like ten, maybe fifteen or so years ago with minimal internet, virtually no multimedia and very little independent political commentary. But the internet now provides those who don't place faith in what the parties say themselves, what the TV channels are reporting or what the newspapers say to do their own digging. There surely can never have been a time in our history where individuals themselves can make their own minds up about the different alternatives they can vote for at the General Election with so much info at their fingertips.
It is up to individuals to have the impetus to get off their backsides and spend a few hours researching on who they agree with and who they want to vote for. If they can't be bothered then fine, but admit it and don't whine when the government does something you don't like. All the tools are out there for people now, they just need to be used.