As we move unerringly towards another General Election the contest between the main parties ramps up, as lack of achievement in past performance and weaknesses in party strategies are fiercely argued over. We have the emergence of UKIP and lately the Green party to add to the potpourri of political solutions to our growing problems . . . but yet again I sense little enthusiasm from voters.
They have been walking away from ballot boxes for decades now and in spite of a spike in 2010 an unhealthily large percentage of the population have little desire to become involved in deciding how their country should be run. This highlights not only the lack of credibility in British politics but across the globe, as voters are increasingly shunned by the people they elect to power.
Ignoring electors takes many forms that range from proceeding with legislation in spite of large swathes of the population being against it (Fracking, NHS Privatisation and more), to outright secrecy and blatant misrepresentation of what government is up to, particularly in its support of the corporate world. This has certainly been the case over the democracy shattering trade deals, such as TTIP, TPP, Tisa and CETA, the latter of which is now close to being enacted into law after years of secret negotiations.
I believe this General Election is the most critical we have ever faced, because it is no longer about the colour of a political party but about how we are ruled. Power has shifted from the voter to the shareholder, as governments make it easier for profit to permeate every facet of Society.
It is this cancer that must be tackled at the forthcoming election before it becomes impossible to control. For me there are three critical issues that must be addressed to resolve the massive abuses now perpetrated upon us. As I write, none of the political parties seem willing to address them within their manifestos and begs if any of them are ‘Parties FOR the People’.
- Democracy: Our PM, in offering a referendum on such an important subject as the EU if he is re-elected, epitomises the career politician at his or her worst. A complete lack of any vision or direction is compensated for by outright bribery, also showing a total lack of respect for the voter on something which, in any healthy democracy, would be seen as an automatic right of the people. I will support any party who has the balls to recognise this by introducing People Driven Referendums on any subject that has enough public interest and at any time. It happens in Switzerland and they are one of the most stable countries on the Planet.
- Banking: Our whole financial system is paralysed by bad debt from the 2008 debacle. Further debt that now permeates every area of Society, including the sick and our children’s education, has been encouraged to resolve the problem! Financier’s now insist on ‘Austerity’, if government wants to borrow more, further plundering and controlling Society. If parliament exercised its right to produce and control our own currency, as other countries have done when confronting the bullying financial tactics of the IMF and World Bank we could, at a stroke, free ourselves from debt that is rendering us impotent to the theft of our public services by privatisation, unemployment and endless corporate abuse.
- Government: Over the centuries Westminster has turned from a place of debate and democracy to a ‘Club of Two Parties’, cosy, comfortable and corrupt! It no longer serves the people, as the party system suffocates any worthy politicians who do not tow the party line. I am looking for a party who will acknowledge this by embarking upon a programme to open government up to the people for greater direct involvement in effectively influencing how we are governed. Nothing short of total transparency can restore the public’s confidence in a flawed and outdated process that has caused a deeply entrenched distrust and cynicism in voters.
By tackling these three core issues we can return power to the people by taking it away from the Banks and corporations. This must be the crux of this year’s election, I would suggest, if we are to become masters of our destiny and begin resolving the problems now enslaving Society.
We are in times of unprecedented change as technology revolutionises the way we shop, communicate and trade with each other. That same technology can equally radically change how we govern ourselves.
This is not only true here but across the Planet where similar abuse is being experienced. May 2015 will not see any of this in place but I hope it will be the catalyst for a global precedent to begin.
Until the next time
Thinking from his Book: Global Magna Carta. Returning Power to The 99% . . . If They Want It! By J T Coombes