Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd

116. YOU HAVE TO VOTE: the case for compulsory participation

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Episode notes

Hello! Geoff’s hopped on a train up to Doncaster to visit Ed on the campaign trail. After their catch up, we explore the argument for compulsory voting in elections. Judith Brett tells us about how Australia got compulsory voting back in the 1920s and the impact it’s had on their politics. Then political scientist Sarah Birch argues that it’s time for the UK to follow suit.


Comedian Glenn Moore returns to share his thoughts on the election news this week.

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