There has been a furious reaction to the £2 million publicity campaign by the Scottish Executive in a bid to persuade people to use their votes.The commenters on the Scotsman website don't think too much of Mr Steel's complaint. I'd like to address another angle.
It appears money has been squandered on such luxuries as 43,000 pens at a cost of £28,516, which is 66p per pen, and 33,000 Post-it pads for £19,216, or 58p per pad
What's really interesting is why politicians are so desperate to get us to vote. I mean, if you're interested it's not that difficult to go along to the polling station or even to get a postal vote.
The explanation is surely that politicians are scared stiff that no one might turn up on election day. The state relies on what Ayn Rand called the "sanction of the victim". The moment enough of us realise that almost all government activity is not only unnecessary, but also a wicked rip-off, then the days of politicians will be numbered.