There would appear to be a little furore brewing over the reputed statements of Jared O’Mara, which he made in the past, coupled with the fact that the Electoral Commission has given the Conservative Party a ‘slap on the wrist’.
O’Mara is, apparently, guilty of having made ‘sexist remarks’ to/about women and his political Party, Labour, are to hold an investigation into this matter. Whether or not the allegations are true, the immediate question that is raised is why did not the Labour Party know of this and, therefore, why was his ‘past’ not sufficiently investigated prior to his nomination for the seat?
It has long been maintained on this blog that political parties have too much ‘control’ over the selection of their candidates and their subsequent behaviour. Should it not be the constituents of Sheffield Hallam that decide whether he should be investigated and, if necessary, ‘punished’ and/or his career as an MP terminated?
On the second matter, concerning the Conservative Party, why is it the Electoral Commission are in the position of administering said ‘slap on the wrist‘? Should not the facts be presented to the electorate and then for them to decide whether a re-run of the 2017 general election is necessary? Why has it taken an appointed ‘watchdog’ four months to come to this conclusion? Were they not monitoring the election campaign on a day-to-day basis – and if not, why not – after all for what are they paid?
As I stated in the preceding article we, the people, are subjected to decisions that affect our daily lives and which are made by those appointed and consequently over whom we have no control whatsoever – so where is democracy per se in that matter
But then, returning to the subject of O’Mara where is democracy per se when considering the matter of his selection? Should not those to whom any candidate would be responsible not make the final decision as to his suitability? Should not those responsible for his actions/behaviour not have the definitive word/decision as to whether he stays or goes?
How much longer must I continue to raise the deficiencies in our current system of democratised dictatorship, under which we are forced to live, before people take notice? How much longer will it be before the electorate start to realise they are but vassals to those they elect who supposedly inform us they represent us? How much longer will it be before the electorate realise that those they elect care not about us and our views, but only their careers?
How much longer will it take for the electorate to realise that they are the ‘boss men/women’ where democracy is concerned – and not just compliant voting fodder for those who have created a dictatorship within a supposed democracy?
Just how much longer will it take for the electorate to realise that unless they start to take an interest in that which is happening in their name – wherein ‘freedom’ is but an illusion; and which, if the present is allowed to continue, will become what can only then be termed a long-lost dream?