Can we truly afford party politics anymore?

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Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron

The older I get, the more I firmly believe that the world at large can no longer afford party politics in this day and age. To my way of thinking, it has not only reached, but passed well beyond its ‘use by date’.

No country these days can afford party driven and controlled politicians. What use are they in a modern world, except to line their own pockets and those of their rich friends at our expense, and to feed their own pathetic need for power.

Who elected them into power in the first place? We did. Why? Because once every five years they need us. To get our vote they smother us with all kinds of promises which deep down we all know they will never keep. And yet like weary sheep, we follow each other to the polling stations to put our cross beside the politician who’s lies we believed the most. More fool us! We are constantly being told that every vote counts for a party to become the next government. And yet the voter numbers were way down at the last election, so much so that to get a majority, the Conservatives had to form an alliance. Maybe we should all stay away next time. What better way is there to show how we feel about politicians and politics without resorting to protests in the streets?

Do we, or should I say, can we afford them any longer? Surely the time is now long overdue for non party elected representatives from each area to promote and look after the interests of his/her constituency without being constrained by the current party centric viewpoint, which sadly stands as a major stumbling block to commonsense and decency as well as the very real needs of the people.

When politicians put their own needs and those of their rich backers before those of the majority as our Conservative government is currently doing, by deliberately picking on the poor within our society, no sane man can still say that politicians have the well being of the nation at heart.

No matter what went before in the murky world of British party politics – be it the conservative, labour, liberal-democrat, or even at one time in the 1920’s, the communist point of view, imposing party held beliefs over and above the very real needs of the men, women, children, pensioners, youth of once great nations like ours simply in order to stay in power, must end. The time has now arrived when the greedy and selfish among us, who believe it is their God given right to rule over the rest must be banished into the dusty realms of history.

This country and others across the western world can no longer afford politicians in their present incarnation. To do so is to continue promoting the age old unacceptability of class division, and all that it sadly represents…

Before you ask, no I am not advocating the end of democracy, merely the end of party politics.

 

5 thoughts on “Can we truly afford party politics anymore?

  1. I have long considered party politics to be the antithesis of democracy. The requirement of the politician, and then the voter, to sign up to a package of policies, some of which will be the direct opposite of what conscience dictates, defeats the object of voting in the first place. The ‘all or nothing’ approach prevents long-term planning, reduces creative solutions and, perhaps worst of all, places the antics of the opposing parties into the category of schoolboy name-calling abuse instead of serious debate. Yes, long past time we had a system that permits the election of independents above those with a powerful self-interest in the party machine.

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  2. In a democracy, people get the governments they deserve. How many even bother to read the manifestos of the major parties, let alone the intentions of the independent aspirants. If a country goes to the dogs because its people vote for wolves, it deserves its fate. With a corrupt and biased media and corrupt and self-interested politicians, it takes enormous effort and intelligence to see through the murk of deception and disinformation. Most people are simply not bright enough or hungry enough to seek the truth. Well, to Hell with them. They’ll be hungry enough eventually and then we’ll have the long-overdue revolution.

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    • Would that it were that simple, Graham. Apathy stems largely from a lack of real choice and the well-founded suspicion that the politicians either in power or seeking it are uninterested in the welfare of those who elect them. The whole system needs a radical overhaul. But those in a position to make that change are the very ones with a vested interest in the status quo. Revolution is rarely a cure without a result worse than the disease it seeks to eradicate. The real hope lies in what we do here – making ideas and thoughts more readily accessible to more people, by-passing the authorised and conventional means of passing on knowledge.

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