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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Tribal Party Politics has Stolen our Democracy

We are faced with a political system that has stolen our democracy, supported by the political classes who   support the 'Party' before they do voters who elected them.

The Political parties have no intention of changing the status quo, after a brief flirtation with a successful open primary in Totnes, the Tories have quietly dropped the idea with no objection from their MP's. The other parties have made no movement or noise whatsoever, except to try and change the voting system to ensure they can stitch up the system in an even more comprehensive way.

The truth is they are all very comfortable thank you, a job for life in many instances, and none of the parties wants or has the courage to rock the boat.

The voters have responded very predictably, with their feet, totally resigned to the fact that all our parties are in essence in it for themselves, they have departed from the ballot box in droves. Indeed there cannot be a time since WW2 that politicians have been so discredited and despised by the electorate.

It is also very apparent we are totally over represented with our layers upon layers of 'elected' representatives,starting with parish &district councillors, county councillors & MP's. This is before you take into account the new assemblies in Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland, and throw in our infamous quango's for good measure.

It is time to grasp the nettle at Westminster by starting with a radical reduction in the number of MP's who represent us, it would appear that we could quite safely reduce them from the proposed 600 to 300 to 400 without impinging on our democracy.

The elephant in the room however will remain, that is the Political Parties whose power knows no bounds, this must be changed to ensure that we the voters are empowered to choose who should stand as our MP.
We must move forward to a system of open primaries, with the Totnes open primary of 2009 taken as a template. I am sure this could be strengthened further in favour of the voter so only the voters  have the power to choose who should stand for them.

We must diminish the power of the parties by banning the use of the Whips, this together with MP's chosen by open primary,plus the ability of the voters to recall the MP if they are dissatisfied with their performance,  will bring an independence to our MP's that has not been seen before in our lifetime.

Imagine if you can a House of Commons full of  genuinely independent MP's of all persuasions voting by conscience, common sense and their constituents wishes rather than voting according to the demands of the corrupt Tribal Party system. What a change this would bring about in our politics and our democracy!

But the question is how do we go about achieving this aim, to win back our democracy, and have the government and representation we want. It is clear the political parties in Westminster are not interested, UKIP have proven same old same by supporting the status quo and PR despite recent referenda.
Organisations like the Freedom Association do not have the wherewithal and the think tanks do not consider it to be part of their remit.

I have to confess I do not have the answer, which is the reason for this blog, to find the answer from others, for it is surely the only way we are going to clean up our politics. We need to find  an organisation willing to take on this task. Any ideas ?

7 comments:

  1. Hi, I would be interested in any info you had about the Totnes primary, any blog posts you can recommend or other snippets.

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    1. this bbc link is probably a good start,if u want more please google totnes open primary 2009, plenty of choice

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8182833.stm

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  2. The BBC has an important role to play - the fact that it has lost its way and is a 'me-too' competitor is irrelevant. Its role is to prevent a 'race to the bottom' amongst private news and entertainment media.

    I see its role as a publicly funded small island of excellence which ideally would be insignificant in a quality market place. It would become prominent as a beacon of excellence if the general quality level of the market were to fall.

    For me, any argument that degeneration doesn't happen does not invalidate the maintenance of an insurance policy. But the present BBC is a long way beyond what we should be funding.

    Your aspirations for low taxes are doomed to long term disappointment, I fear. The tendency for the public sector to grow has to be resisted, but most of the services that logically need to be publicly funded (because the benefit is to the community rather than to individuals) are essentially labor intensive, with limited economy of scale opportunities. As manufactured goods get ever cheaper, as capital becomes more productive and labor needs fall, the enduring level of manpower needed by these social services means they will inevitably consume an increasing proportion of our spending - and that translates into an increasing proportion of income going to taxation.

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  3. Interesting post agree with lots but have to disagree with the introduction about dismantling the state or cutting the deficit. Bit of a surprise to see it amongst the other views!

    Firstly the deficit is imaginary and austerity an ideological excuse for reducing the state. If the millionaire Tories want to dismantle the state irrespective of political ideology, it must be by definition the wrong thing to do. We have more money in this country than ever before! Read Paul Krugman @NYTimeskrugman.

    The state institutions stand for collective protection of our society so utilities, food, health and wellbeing and yes even retail banking, belong in the hands of the state where nobody is allowed to profit at the expense of societal norms. Everything above subsistence is fair game.

    The only reason that these institutions are not fulfilling their potential is the hideous individual greed of the people pulling the strings. Cut the strings and hand the institutions back to society where they belong.

    The BBC and the NHS are the envy of the world and time and time again proven to be the best in the world. That envy also extends to the greedy bastards who would seek to profit at the expense of society. The millionaire Tory numpties care about our money, our health not so much HT @Virgin_Care. Once we get the politicians (small p unelected social climbers) out of our NHS and hand it back to practitioners it'll be even better.

    To do this you have to hand politics back to society.

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  4. We really are at opposite ends of the political spectrum!
    But you are falling into their trap,the tribal parties are one and the same, they are no better or worse than the other.
    They are stealing our democracy and using our taxes to bribe the electorate and the corporates.
    We need to allow the people to decide through their representatives and not go along with all the party and philosophical clap trap.
    State industries have failed across the World,best illustrated by the USSR's failed experiment with communism

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