Guy M wrote:...As a guest in another country, there’s no question of demanding a right to vote.
Yin&Yang wrote:...Having moved abroad I can no longer vote during local elections ...
You can vote in local elections and EU elections in Greece but not government elections.
Everybody has the right to decide for themselves whether to vote or not in government elections, where they have the right to do so. The primary purpose of government is to raise revenue through taxation and spend that revenue on things for the public good. This web page
shows graphs of total revenue, income tax, national insurance and indirect taxation over a long period of time in the UK spanning Labour, Conservative and coalition governments. The meme is that Conservatives are the party of small government and low taxation while Labour are the party of big government and high taxation. If you look at the first graph, however, the highest total taxation was during the Thatcher years. Since WWII income tax has sat at around 12.5 % of GDP ± 2.5 %. National Insurance steadily ramped up from its start and since the early 80s has sat in a very narrow range around 6 % of GDP. Indirect taxation has been about 13 ± 2 % of GDP since before WWII and almost constant since the early 80s. I have analysed my personal taxation since 1970 and it reflects the situation of the overall economy. It differs only in that my income steadily rose over time and so my taxation also steadily increased but there was no significant discontinuity from one government to another. Expenditure is dominated by non-discretionary spending so again there is a small variation in how the expenditure is distributed between departments but not really significantly. Every change results in a few winners and losers but unless you are in one of those groups it matters little who is in power.
In reality all main stream parties behave pretty much the same and the economic outcome is decided by events largely outside the control of government. Mostly governments of any political persuasion interfere and make matters worse not better.