With the general election edging ever closer (May 7, y’all), voting is basically the only thing on everyone’s lips at the moment – but not for Kym Marsh.
The Coronation Street actress shocked the Loose Women last week when she admitted she’d never voted, and now she’s explained why (sort of) in her new column, where she also gave her opinion on the bedroom tax.
Writing in her OK! Magazine column, the 38-year-old argued that she doesn’t believe she has to vote, despite the fact that women fought for the right for years.
She said: “I know there’s the argument that women fought for the right for us to vote, but they fought for the ‘right’, which I appreciate, but it doesn’t mean I have to.
“To be honest, I find it confusing as I don’t believe what any of the politicians are saying and I’m not just going to put an ‘X’ in a box for no reason.”
However, there is one policy that Kym’s got an opinion on: BEDROOM TAX.
Following in the footsteps of her old Hear’Say bandmate, who debated a different but related issue (‘Mansion Tax’) with Ed Miliband, Kym has admitted that she’s totally against the idea.
She wrote: “I think the ‘Bedroom Tax’ is ridiculous. I’m from a working class background and I’ve been in the situation where I’ve lived on benefits and in council houses and it seems that the poor are getting poorer, while the rich are getting richer.”
She also said she WAS going to start doing some research and might just vote for the first time this year: “I’m going to see if I can come up with a winner for me, if you like. This may well be the first year I cast a vote!”
Kym discussed her views on voting on last week’s Loose Women – views that went down about as well as a cold cup of tea.
She admitted: “I know you’re all going to go ‘ohhh’ but I don’t vote. Shock horror! Why am I going to vote when I don’t believe either of them or any of them.”
Jane Moore challenged her, explaining how “people fought and died for the vote, people chained themselves to railings for us to get a vote,” to which Kym replied that as much as she appreciates that, she “can’t choose between any of them because there’s nothing for me that makes me go [and want to vote].
“They promise something and that never happens anyway.”
We guess we’ll have to wait and see whether or not Kym ventures to the polling station on May 7th.
MAY 7TH. Put it in your diaries (if it’s not already there AND you’ve registered in time, as you’re now sadlytoo late).
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