To vote, or not to vote. That is the question.

To vote, or not to vote. That is the question.

I can see both sides of this argument, and would tend to side with Webb over Brand (although Brand was extremely persuasive in his Newsnight interview recently), but also very much sympathise with the futility of voting for the sake of it. If none of the candidates for which you can vote represents your views, then by not voting you can’t really complain about who gets in if they don’t do what you want; conversely voting for the least bad option is giving tacit concent to that candidate.

What makes it even more frustrating is when the candidate and/or party you vote for gets into government and then completely ignores virtually all of the principles and manifesto commitments it made before the election. If that’s going to happen, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it (other than pretend it won’t happen again when you vote), then perhaps there really isn’t a point in voting.

And don’t get me started on tactical voting.

Like I said, I’d tend to side with Webb’s argument. That Canada Bill Jones quote springs to mind, however, and it makes me sad.


Amy Farrah Fowler and Indiana Jones

Spoiler alert for those not on Season 7 of The Big Bang Theory – if you’re caught up or just don’t care, read on…

In the most recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, Amy suggests that the outcome of Raiders of the Lost Ark would have been unaffected by Indiana Jones not actually being in the film; specifically that even without Indy the Nazis would still have acquired the Ark of the Covenant, they would still have opened the Ark, and they would all still have had their faces melted off. All very true so far.

However, this wouldn’t necessarily have been a bad thing. Without Indy having been contacted by some Feds he would never have travelled to Nepal and hooked up with Marian Ravenwood again, and we would have been spared the mind-shredding awfulness of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

All of that being said I still think Raiders is the best film of the franchise, despite all the terribleness that it spawned.