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If everbody gave a vote of no confidence, does that mean we could sack the government?

Asked by Pazza (3184points) April 18th, 2010

Our voters validation slip thingie came through the post today, and although I don’t usually vote, because I don’t see the point in changing the current party for a party that’s essentially the same, I had a thought about a vote of no confidence.

Now although I understand to a degree what a vote of no confidence is, I don’t really know how to go about it? I’ve only voted about twice in my voting life, and that was back when I was about 18 or 19, I seem to remember that only the candidates in the election have a ‘check box’, I don’t remember seeing a check box that said ‘non of the above because they’re all to#@ers!’.

So can anyone help?

Also, as in the question, just as a point of interest, if everbody put in a vote of no confidence, could we sack all the existing politicians, and install new ones?

Afterall, they work for us…. don’t they?....

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Captain_Fantasy's avatar

If it was that easy, that would happen more throughout history.

Seek's avatar

It would be nice, but then you’d have the job of convincing the party tools to actually not vote for the party they’ve been blindly following their entire lives.

JLeslie's avatar

I am going to assume you are not in America because you use the word “post” even though it is used in the US it is less common. I am curious is there a place for you to write it in? A vote of No Confidence? The problem with your desire to ditch the government is that anarchy doesn’t work, I doubt you are really looking to ditch the whole thing. Or, I guess you just want to not vote for anyone who is running?

I think you have to start a grass roots movement for major change, and candidates who represent your cause.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Probably not. You’d have to form your own militia before you sacked anything. Or you could join one and I hear there are plenty of them around America to choose from. I think that might just be symbolic of something.

JLeslie's avatar

@Bluefreedom Why does it have to be a “militia?” Can’t it be a more peaceful sounding movement?

cazzie's avatar

In countries with parliaments, they are able to vote out the leader of the ruling party, but it’s not the voters that do that, it’s the party itself, but it is usually driven by a public loss of general faith in the person and usually members of his/her cabinet. There doesn’t have to be a civil revolution or anything like that.

jaytkay's avatar

A vote of no confidence is a parliamentary procedure. In the UK, for example, the House of Commons can force the Prime Minister and cabinet to resign, or call a general election with a vote of no confidence.

The voters are legislators, not their constituents.

Much more here:

talljasperman's avatar

you could have a recall vote… like in California

Bluefreedom's avatar

@JLeslie. It probably could although nothing comes to mind right now. Sorry.

tranquilsea's avatar

In Canada, if the Prime Minister loses the confidence of parliament then the opposition can force a vote of non confidence. That means the MPs vote on whether the PM has their confidence and if they don’t then the PM traditionally must either resign or call an election. As a citizen I don’t vote, my MP does though.

JLeslie's avatar

@jaytkay @tranquilsea Thank you for that explanation, I did not remember that from Government Class.

tranquilsea's avatar

You’re welcome :-)

tranquilsea's avatar

And then we had a maddening situation here just a couple of months ago where the majority of MPs had voted against the PM’s budget (the biggest thing you can lose confidence on) and unbelievingly, the government prorogued parliament. Prorogation is usually used when the government has finished all its business and they dissolved the current session so that the MPs can head back to their constituencies. This government, knowing that they would have to call another election (we had just had one some weeks before), dissolved parliament so they wouldn’t have to face that consequence. That move sparked a major reaction across Canada as anti-prorogation rallies spread across the nation.

We need electoral reform.

alive's avatar

you said you want to get rid of all of the gov, and then just vote in new people. that is what an election is.

but, regarding the ‘no confidence’ vote i guess technically that is possible, but it is going to take a lot of convincing to get other people to follow your lead.

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