I can't go along with the view that because our democracy is a poor thing at the moment the answer is to disengage. The simple fact is that, in comparison to many countries in the world, the UK is a functioning society in which the vast majority are able to live and work free from fear or anxiety. I know that it is possible to point to food banks etc. and claim that this proves that democracy is not working but again, in comparison to large parts of the globe our system of government has enabled us to enjoy significant freedoms. I am voting because I want to see change - I want to resist the ant-immigration rhetoric of some, the willingness to collude with bad business practices of others. I despise the tax loopholes still available to the wealthiest in our society and want to see them closed. I believe that most politicians are there because of their principles, even though I may not share them. My vote enables me to give some sort of voice to my principles - and what is the real alternative? Bloody revolution? I sincerely hope not.