I've just fulfilled my constitutional duty and voted in the European elections. Is it a duty, though? I've always held the view that a citizen should be prepared to give up 5 minutes of their time every couple of years in order to tell the politicians exactly what they think and believe in.
But I also have a lot of time for the counter argument, that a citizen should have the right to withdraw from the voting process - although I'm happier for them to do it as a protest rather than through apathy.
Some polls have suggested that there may be a relatively high turnout (for a European election) today, thanks to the scandals which have been rocking Westminster lately. I have to say, I voted in Gorgie Parish Church and I was the only person in there. The ballot box was filling up rapidly, but after talking to the polling clerk it turns out that the boxes are full because the ballot papers are so long, not because there have been lots of people voting. In fact, he used the words "very, very quiet".
Campaigning has been mute, too. Literature came through my door once, buried inside the Herald & Post. The polling place itself, in the photo above, only has two signs outside it - one for the SNP and one for the Green Party. The big three Westminster parties seem to have given up.