Compulsory voting is just putting a tiny plaster on a festering wound. Our current system is run by a tiny minority of the population, and yet the majority of the general population choose not to participate. The system must adapt, rather than the forcing the public to conform.
This election is set to be the closest in decades. Polls predict that no one will win with an outright majority and every day there is a new horse to back. And in all of this noise it can feel like there is no way of getting your voice heard - the issue you care about out there. Well that's not true. Every day at Change.org we see people getting the issues that matter to them onto the political agenda and into the news. Here are five ways you can get yourself heard during the election, whether you decide to vote or not.
Whether it is cutting the top rate of tax for millionaires, scrapping hundreds of sure start centres or introducing the disgraceful bedroom tax, you need little evidence that David Cameron and his government have been no different to Major, Thatcher and Heath before them.
Over its four previous seasons The Walking Dead has managed to sustain a strong stock of fascinating characters - those, at least, who weren't turned into zombie mulch or otherwise prematurely expired.
With exactly a month to go until the general election, The Equality Movement, a clandestine collective of advertisers making noise about issues that matter' are launching an ad campaign for gender equality called #BadBusiness.
The inevitable question that will arise in the right wing press will, however, be about whether this will result in three things. The first is an exodus of wealthy non-doms. The second is a collapse in London house prices as a result. And the third is a collapse in tax revenues. Let me deal with these issues...
It would be irresponsible not to acknowledge that men get paid more because they are better and more aggressive at negotiating, but rather than abolishing negotiations, should we not just teach women to be better negotiators?
The notion of children's developmental and emotional needs is practically a no-go zone; taboo; too controversial to deal with, whether out of fear of provoking guilt in parents for some perceived failure or out of a prioritising of adults rights over children's needs. This really does need to change.
I took on Farage because I'm sick of the toxic atmosphere, scapegoating those who were not responsible for the economic crisis instead of the economic vandalism of bankers and those in the financial sector. The debate on immigration is fuelled by racism and xenophobia.
The idea of putting into action a quota for women, seems to get many people's backs up. I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that our representatives must be there on merit only. What an insult to women, apparently in Scotland only 35% of the women's population is able.
Like some perverse retelling of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, it might appear that Ed Miliband is being haunted by ghosts of prime ministers past, and one of them in particular. Off campaigning in Bristol, or so we are told, the Labour leader drafted in his former boss to add some vim to proceedings in Sedgefield.
7 April 2015 marks World Health Day when delegates of the World Organisation for Animal Health meet in Rungis Paris to discuss the importance of Food Safety.
We are desperately in need of someone in Government whose remit specifically considers the needs of an under-represented ageing population.
Labour campaigned hand in glove with the Tories during the independence referendum - but the rot set in before I was even born with 'New Labour' - and Scots are extremely angry. But not nearly as angry as Labour are with the SNP.
To a Brit, it is a truly frightening and confusing and bank account-draining system. We got our daughter to the nearest emergency medical centre in our arms, and the staff immediately asked us to complete two long forms for the insurance company, and for a swipe of our credit card (you'll notice this is a recurring theme) before they even inquired what was wrong with our little girl or showed any signs of compassion whatsoever. It makes you angry to witness. Money is absolutely the priority in any medical scenario here. The average cost of an ambulance ride in LA for instance is $1,200 (£800).
According to research, the most common excuses for not voting are: "My vote won't make a difference", "They are all the same", "I'm not interested in politics", "I don't know enough to choose", "The parties don't represent my views" and "I don't believe parliament is important." Some of these can be resolved very easily...