I suggested a few days ago that urging people not to vote might not be the most effective way to bring about fundamental political change... Here are my thoughts on some other ways of acting politically without necessarily having to faff about putting a mark on a ballot paper next to the name of someone for whom you may have nothing but contempt. My slogan for today (yes, I know it's not original) is: Think Big, Act Small.
People are suffering now, Tory policies are harming people now. I know Brand has never been known for his responsibility, but encouraging young, left leaning members of society to not vote is completely irresponsible, and will serve only to further harm the people he is increasingly looking to provide a voice for.
Does this indifference to the current political system mean I'm not interested in our country and its government? Of course not. If a party came along that expressed views that met my own or close to, then I would be first to the ballot. It isn't about apathy, it's about believing the current system is wrong.
Beguiling, attractive slogans, with their wonderful certainty that there are simple answers to complex questions. What Brand says is not only daft but dangerous. It's dangerous because he is a clever man with influence, and when he says: "Apathy is a rational reaction to a system that no longer represents, hears or addresses the vast majority of people", there is a real risk that some people - especially young people - will take him seriously. The core of his message is: "I will never vote and I don't think you should, either." He presents it as a message of hope, when in fact it is precisely the opposite. It is a message of despair.
Reducing the voting age to 16 may have seemed like one of the more throw-away policies in Ed Miliband's 'We're better than this' conference speech. But it encapsulated the simplistic appeal to base prejudices that characterised his sermon. And being 'better' was perhaps a mantra he should have first recited to himself.
Whether physically in power or not, Labour's reckless spending and their promises for the future tell me many things. One of these is that somewhere between the election in 2010 and present day 2013, the last person in their policy department forgot to turn out the lights before leaving and locking the door behind them.
Without both the benefits and the NHS we'd be living in a very frightening society, we'd have slums and diseases would spread amongst them and those unable to afford to even travel to see their nearest GP. We have it extremely good here in Britain, and sometimes you just have to ignore the politics tit for tat tactics, as that really is all that it is.
Populism is on the rise, not just here in Britain but globally. It's no good dismissing it, ignoring it or attacking it. It's no good ridiculing, insulting or bullying populist voters. We need to understand how populist parties have changed over the decades and why modern populist parties are gaining ground.
Political apathy is at unheard of levels and a solution is desperately needed. As we commence the stop-start road to the next election, the leading parties are lurching towards their particular ends of the political spectrum. This is a desperate attempt to appease their core voters, which will probably end up losing everyone else along the way. Ukip might be flavour of the month, or at least in England, but at least they're getting the population fired up about politics again.
It is often said that voter turnout is highly dependent on a closely fought election at which a lot is at stake. A global economic crisis, declining living standards, and an unpopular coalition government surely provide the essential ingredients for a high participation general election in 2015? But the latest results from the Hansard Society's 10th Audit of Political Engagement suggest the contrary.