It is ‘party conference season’ yet again; the ‘season of the year’ when political parties promise Utopia for the electorate, were they to be elected to power
We have had the LibDems and Labour, with the Conservatives still to come and without doubt the idea of the ‘sunlit lands’ will be presented to us yet again, albeit in slightly different words.
Political parties are, presently, in the throes of promoting ‘rights’ to this or that group. But a question: If politicians and pressure groups believe in equal rights, then what do ‘women’s rights,’ ‘gay rights,’ etc., mean? Either they are redundant or they are violations of the principle of equal rights.
At the Labour Party Conference we had politicians wanting equality for all – or variations on that theme with a view to making the successful among us feel guilt . When will people realise that their guilt is some politician’s license to take what they have worked for and give it to someone else who is more likely to vote for the politician who plays Santa Claus with their money?
Politicians of all hues hold their visions with utmost seriousness, far more than they consider the rights of we, the electorate. They want to be our shepherds which requires us to be sheep. At this point I digress and would remind readers that David Cameron stood on the steps of Downing Street and reminded politicians that we the people are the masters and politicians their servants. That idea lasted until he turned round and went back into No 10.
We are bombarded with the news that ‘our beloved NHS’ is in ‘crisis’ and needs yet more money. Why? Perhaps due to the fact it now has to cater for far more users than was imagined when it was first conceived. Just who might be to blame for that statistic? It most certainly is not we, the people. Perhaps it is due to PFI and the exorbitant costs that PFI entails? Just who might be to blame for that? Most certainly not we, the people.
Margaret Thatcher was reputed to have said that the trouble with Socialism is that eventually it runs out of other people’s money. But is that statement not true of all governments, regardless of political hue? Do not all governments tax us to fund their largesse? Where is our agreement to any specific area of largesse? Where is our agreement to our government going to the IMF and saying: ‘Please Sir, can I have more’?
Where taxation is concerned, allow me to pose a question. When one wishes to have work done on one’s property, is not the first thing for which we ask not a detailed and itemised quotation? So why do we not ask for the same of our government? After all, is not our country the property of we, the people?
In our world of representative democracy, we the people, are excluded from ‘decision making’. How can that be when, in the words of David Cameron, we the people are the masters? It matters not which political party one considers, they are all the same. They are governed by their egos and in so being, they have changed the high achievements and rewards of some members of society – which should form an inspiration to others – into a source of resentment and grievance for others.
The biggest problem our nation faces currently is that of Brexit, yet those outside the Westminster Bubble – who do know a thing or two on the subject (hint: Look North, to quote the title of a BBC programme) – are ignored by our political elite. So where is our voice in the process? On that point I am not arguing the case for a second referendum, far from it. Even if the political elite did acknowledge those outside their Bubble we probably would be wasting our time as it is futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.
Returning to the title of this article, a question: Why do we bother to cast our vote when our system of democracy has inverted the role of master and servant?
Think Direct Democracy?