As we all now know Theresa May has called a ‘snap election’, citing the fact that in her opinion, whilst she avers the nation is pulling together, there is much discord within the political class.
While personally I tend to view opinion polls with a tad of scepticism, if the following from Mike Smithson can be believed then Theresa May is most definitely in ‘cloud cuckoo land’:
Where May’s comment about discord within the political class is concerned, while representative democracy prevails then there will always be discord because said discord is the result of different political parties seeking one thing; power; namely the power to dictate how the people of this nation should lead their lives.
Needless to say, on May’s announcement that she was seeking a general election on June 8th the media and political classes, but especially the media, went into ‘lather overdrive’; proclaiming that this would be a re-run of the referendum of last year, that Labour would be decimated, that the CPS are investigating the election expenses of 2015 and about 30 Tory MPs may be facing criminal charges.
While Theresa May has, on the face of it, called this election on June 8th with a view to ‘cementing her position’ and thus not having the situation arise where in 2020 she may well be fighting an election and at the same time facing failure with her ‘Brexit Plan’, those sections of the media focusing on this aspect should remember 1964. Those of us sufficiently old enough well recall that Edward Heath called that election on the question of ‘who governs Britain’ and also recall that come polling day his question was long forgotten by the time it came for the electorate to mark their ballot papers.
No doubt come June 8th the electorate will dutifully make their mark on a ballot paper; but have they any idea why they so do? Do they honestly believe ‘things can only get better’? Do they have any idea of the issues our nation faces? More importantly, do they really believe their vote matters?
All political parties, in their general election manifestos, promise ‘utopia’ and fail to deliver for one reason or another. This could be because having achieved ‘power’ on the current average of 30+% of the electoral vote they find their majority too small to guarantee passing the most radical of their proposals; or in attempting so to do they meet unexpected opposition to their plans from among their own back benches, or they have a change of heart and drop the the idea. One could say that political party manifestos are worthless because they cannot be held to account, should they break any manifesto promise, prior to the next general election. Couple that with the fact that what they promise is invariably not that which they introduce and pass into law – think the Coalition Government and that they promised a system for the electorate to recall MPs; which was ‘tweaked’ so that the final decision rested with MPs.
Since when can the foregoing be democracy? Did not David Cameron proclaim, on the steps of Downing Street in 2010 that: ……..yes it is about making sure people are in control – and that the politicians are always their servant and never their masters…… This is what all political party leaders would have us believe – but it hasn’t – and ain’t ever going to happen while representative democracy allows politicians to continue with a form of democracy that is no more than a state of democratised dictatorship.
If the people are the masters and not the servants of politicians, how is it that politicians can forcibly enforce a level of taxation without the agreement of the people? How is it what may be termed ‘draconian law’ can be enacted without the agreement of the people? How is it that our nation’s society can be changed through multi-culturalism without the agreement of the people? How is it that climate change with its inherent extra costs can be imposed on the people, without their agreement?
All the foregoing – and more – can and is done because the people have been forced and educated to accept ‘political mastership’ as the norm; they have accepted their position as observers of democracy rather than being participants in democracy and thus accepted the reversal in the servant/master role, one which is the basis of true democracy.
There is much wrong with our democracy and in particular the voting system. Recall, when one attends a polling station one is confronted with two individuals, the first noting your name and address and who issues a numbered ballot paper, the number of which is noted against your name by the second individual – yet we are informed our vote is ‘secret’?
Yet another defect in our system of democracy can be posed in a question: can anyone name me one politician – just one – or a member of the commentariat/journalist (with the exception of Christopher Booker) – who knows anything about a subject of great importance to this nation of ours – namely Bexit? On such ignorance is the fate of our nation to be decided? In which case, wherefore democracy per se?
I shall of course once again be ‘spoiling’ my ballot paper on June 8th only instead of writing ‘none of the above’ on it, I shall be affixing an adhesive label to it informing the State just what I think of their system of democracy – and of them.
Just consider; if sufficient of the electorate followed me we could then see a situation whereby a political party considered they had a mandate to form a government on a majority of 20% (or less) of the electoral vote. While it is well known that politicians have an abundance of effrontery, would they dare to show that much?
On a personal note, having now attained the stage in life when I can watch tv without having to pay for the privilege, I know not how many more years I have left on this planet – however may I just live long enough to see this mealy-mouthed, self-important, careerist bunch of brain-dead, power-crazy group of individuals consigned to the rubbish bin of history because the electorate have regained their power of reason/thought and thus their voice.