Question Dine: A row is on the menu

In the final episode of WORLDbytes’ Royal Society of Arts award winning series, prospective MPs including Diane Abbott are given the third degree in a cafe in East London. Volunteer Naomi Lamb remains unconvinced and says she is not going to vote. The Conservative Mayoral candidate for Hackney, Andrew Boff puts the boot in and tells Naomi to at least vote against him. Diane Abbott argues that blacks in South Africa and suffragettes died for the right to vote and says that those who do not vote are letting the middle ground win. Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill argues this amounts to blackmail and contempt for the public. The suffragettes and black activists fought for the right to vote to bring about social change he points out, not to elect this lot. What do you think?