As people of colour, voting is only one part of our civic duty

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By Huma Munshi

It was Russell Brand that said he never voted. I was reminded of this on hearing the results of the local and European elections over the last few days. He noted in his New Statesmanarticle: “I have never voted. Like most people I am utterly disenchanted by politics. Like most people I regard politicians as frauds and liars and the current political system as nothing more than a bureaucratic means for furthering the augmentation and advantages of economic elites.”

With only 33.8% of UK voters taking part in these elections, the issue of voter apathy must be examined. Is it a political act of defiance? Is it ignorance at the system? Does it indicate that alienation from the political system is so entrenched that voting, political parties and representative democracy are all seemingly a pointless charade? As the final results come in from the…

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