If our life is ours and belongs to us, thus ensuring that only we can take decisions affecting the content of that life, by what stretch of the imagination does a politician justify attempting to control it?
Jeremy Corbyn is on record stating that fox hunting is barbaric and any government of which he is head would never allow ‘blood sports’.
By what right does Corbyn wish to ban something that should be a matter for those in a county or even a community to decide?
Labour are against privatising the health service, yet private medical heath care is available and one can even take out an insurance policy for the provision of same. Is someone who wishes to provide the means whereby he/she can decide to choose another path and enjoy an alternative aspect of society then to be considered ‘barbaric’?
Why should anyone with a terminal illness who wishes to end his/her life for reasons of personal pain, or a wish to save his/her loved ones seeing them suffering, be prevented by politicians from solving the ‘life problem’ they are enduring? I repeat, whose life is it?
Should not any parent be able to decide how their children are taught – and what they are taught? So what gives government the right to decide that; and depending on the political ideology of what political party is ‘in power’, resulting in education becoming yet another ‘political football’?
Why should, for example, law and order be decided by one political party, who forms the government, affect the entire nation? If the people of Durham collectively decide they want a zero tolerance of crime, why should they not have that choice? Why should the people of Surrey – a more affluent county, subsidize the people of Durham – or vice-a-versa – bearing in mind the fact that County Durham has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK?.
On a personal level, I object to ‘know-nothing’ politicians informing me how I should/can lead a life that is mine and mine alone. What is your life worth if you have no opportunity to shape that life, it being dependent on those whose life it is not?
Readers will, hopefully, forgive me if I yet again return to the definition of democracy – that name being derived from the Greek: Demos – people; and Kratos -power; which can only mean that democracy must be based on ‘people power’.
If one is of Christian belief – and Christianity is the religion of this nation – then there is only one Deity that has the power to order our lives. Politicians may believe they have elevated themselves to the level of a Deity – but they have not and it is about time they recognised that fact.
Another fact is that the people of this land quickly need to recognise that their life is theirs and belongs to no-one else and began to take an interest in that which is happening around and to them – and the reasons why it is happening.
There are calls for ‘electronic voting’, instead of having to traipse to a polling station or fill in a form for postal voting. Regardless of the method – whether it means putting an ‘x’ in a box on a piece of paper, or pressing a key on a computer – until people are ‘educated’ in what democracy ‘means’; politicians, their ideology and their ‘sound bites’ will always ‘hold sway’.
On that point – and allied to it – we witness the belief of some politicians that the voting age should be lowered to the age of 16. Bearing in mind the nadir to which education has sunk in this nation it is easy to understand their reasons for so proposing. Think back, dear reader and ask yourselves just what did you understand of politics and world affairs at that age? Never mind lowering the voting age to 16; methinks it should be raised to 25 or even 30 – unless of course we can reintroduce a ‘decent’ education system.
If we are to have ‘true democracy’ – and here I am indebted to ‘wg’ commenting on my preceding article (and do watch the link included in his comment) then we need to ensure that we have ‘open primaries’; coupled with donations to political parties being limited to members of the electorate, with such from corporate entities (and the like) being prohibited.
The foregoing illustrates just why this general election, like the previous, is an affront to democracy; and why like many others I shall be ‘spoiling’ my ballot in protest at that which is being imposed on me – which ain’t democracy by any definition.