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Friday, 27 December 2013

Revolution -The Way To End Our Corrupt Party Politics

Yes, I know we Brits don't do revolution, but there is more to revolution than taking to the streets - Taking on the State on the Streets plays into their hands, they are the only winners when law & order breaks down, it blurs the issues & enables the State to end it by force.

Our politics stinks, it's controlled by the two political parties who have taken away the freedom & independence of the electorate by cynically having total control of our MP's.

We need real open primaries, where constituents choose the candidates for MP, & those candidates when elected are answerable & recallable by their constituents, answerable only to the people not the political tribes.

We need to reduce dramatically the number of MP's representing us, with modern communications we simply don't need 650 MP's

This would not end the party system but would dramatically diminish their power, the MP's loyalty would be to his/her constituents, and the party would come second, no whips needed thank you. Vote as your constituents demand or else.

The problem is how do we get there? Turkeys' don't vote for Xmas, and however much they pretend to consider changing the system, they only tinker and never ever give up their ultimate power over our Representatives.

So we are stuck, they won't move and we don't know how to move them, they keep bribing us with more and more welfare, we keep increasing our national debt, the situation goes from bad to worse inexorably.

The percentage of people voting has dropped from 80%+ to 60%+, the number of people not registering to vote is also increasing, resulting in the ruling party having a very small % of all registered voters supporting them.

We need to consider a new category of voter, we don't need to respond to their entreaties to vote, to endorse a corrupt & flawed democratic system, we need a 'Won't Vote' (#WontVote) category, organised with a set of demands to fix our democracy before we do vote.

Those demands I would suggest should include the following:
1/ Open Primaries
2/ 300 to 400 only MP's
3/ Granting Patronage & Honours taken away from govt
4/ Government devolved to the regions with large tax raising powers
5/ End of grants & tax favours to business, it only benefits the corporates

We should not attempt to politicise this by demanding low taxes / high taxes, nationalisation / privatisation, this should be left to the people in their devolved UK, a federation if you like, who are free to raise & reduce taxes as they see fit for their constituents.

This approach I believe, if presented clearly to the electorate, would prove to be very attractive to them. The goal of course must be to have over 50% of registered voters joining a #WontVote campaign and so destroying the credibility of any elected government.

The response I find from some people to this proposal is any elected government of  say 20% / 25% of registered voters would simply take power and govern.

I don't accept that would be sustainable for a moment, not when a #WontVote campaign has been seen to succeed in its declared aim. It would destroy the credibility, not only of the government but of the whole rotten system, and our political elites would be forced to take on the demands being made.

Social media is a very powerful tool, it is changing our politics and our society, used intelligently it can achieve much for the people, we should take it into our hands and demand change in the General Election 2015.

We should not endorse a rotten system with our vote, we should organise a #WontVote, so challenging the Political Classes & over turning a system rotten to the core









13 comments:

  1. I`d agree with all 5 demands, where my interest is piqued is the disruption social media will bring to political structure.

    Douglass Carswell`s book 'The End Of Politics' echo`s very much the theme of the post, couple that with Nicco Mele`s book 'The End of Big' and i think we have the blueprint for the revolution, albeit a digital one.

    The question is how do we 'execute' this revolution? well of course its happening all around right now, society, business and politics simply cant keep up with the 'digital revolution'

    Of course there are those who simply don`t want to see any change to the way our country does its politics, in my opinion such as the deeply flawed attempts to censor search engines, the anti – lobbying fiasco and even Leveson are all attempts to broaden and elongate control spans.

    Unfortunately this revolution wont be driven by a hashtag at the end of a tweet, or a lone voice in the houses of parliament however, one thing that is becoming apparent, the likes of Google have more influence than any Government, you could argue they are ultimately more powerful (give or take a nucular weapon) already.
    When Google, Amazon Facebook et al, disrupt the banking status quo, and they will,that for me will be the signal that the way we do politics in this county is about to radically change for the good. (Jonathan: @Deesidedotcom)

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    1. Crypto currencies could be the catalyst to end the domination of the banks, but they will not take it lying down, they will issue their own crypto currencies

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  2. Get a charismatic person to lead this movement and I am hopeful that it would do well.

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  3. Thanks for the comment
    Agreed, it would need a strong organisation & strong personalities

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  4. Much of your 'manifesto' is UKIP policy. You should help us entice out all those non voters.

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    1. This is pretty much UKIPs manifesto word for word, bar the social media not voting bit.

      UKIP wants:

      less MPs, more power to local govt, including taxation, less govt involvement in peoples lives, direct democracy wherever possible and an end to things which only exist to satisfy corporates, like open door immigration and the ability to declare your corporation tax in any EU state you operate in.

      If the majority of people who felt like this (Quite a few I reckon) were to actually listen to UKIP, read the material, watch the videos, attend the meetings etc. rather than relying on the media spin on the whole situation, we'd have a much larger following.

      Of course the big problem here, is participation. People no longer participate, because they do not believe they can make a difference. Sadly, getting those people to read up on UKIP and realise there is a party out there who want to make a difference, is VERY difficult.

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    2. The thing with revolution is they always get stolen by the very same lot that the masses revolt against

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    3. True, particularly violent ones, which is why we need to approach this by disenfranchising the political parties by not voting for them.
      Such a response could have a profound effect and open the way for challenges to the current corrupt and low calibre leadership we see from all our political parties

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    4. As long as chaos can be kept at a minimum,we could keep claim victory.Chaotic uprisings always favour the oppressor.In the age of internet,we should b able to efficiently organise ourselves.
      This gross corruption in politics is not unique to the UK,its gone world over to epidemic proportion.The merger between govts and mega corporations is mostly the cause made possible by political ineptness and greed

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  5. Bravo laddie .

    I would have no hassle putting my name to that.

    George



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  6. If you had any understanding of the 6 Demands you would know that recall of MPs, reducing the number of same and devolution of tax raising powers are all encapsulated therein.

    C'mon, you seem an intelligent person - why not demonstrate it?

    Just asking..........

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  7. Good ideas. Cornell west has some comments on bankers which seem right. The usa now is an extended oligarchial style government due to no real voice. Representatives are more like refugees fleeing one place and setting up another forgetting the past. Our stupid leaders let in all these people around California. We got 1.2 million afghans since 1984 who did not mix with culture as 4 generations it takes to merge. On 911 they were pulling up american flags near a school in irvine and partying in celebration. Free housing and business loans while others work hard. Odd. We have more then kabul. Love and education is helpful. Why not use a phone to vote on policy or leaders.

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  8. Good ideas. Cornell west has some comments on bankers which seem right. The usa now is an extended oligarchial style government due to no real voice. Representatives are more like refugees fleeing one place and setting up another forgetting the past. Our stupid leaders let in all these people around California. We got 1.2 million afghans since 1984 who did not mix with culture as 4 generations it takes to merge. On 911 they were pulling up american flags near a school in irvine and partying in celebration. Free housing and business loans while others work hard. Odd. We have more then kabul. Love and education is helpful. Why not use a phone to vote on policy or leaders.

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