Monday, 3 August 2015

Democracy in a land Without.

Thirty percent of the UK population voted the David Cameron-led Conservative party into power. Thirty percent. That is not a democracy.

Of that particular party the visible division within, much the same as with labour, leads one to wonder if the collective naming of said political group is not a misnomer. Being Tory in the 21st century is nothing like being Tory in the fifties.

Forty years ago, 11th February 1975 to be precise, was the start of something new within what was then the Conservative party. Margaret Thatcher, just short of being full bloodied Libertarian, was an old-fashioned, William Gladstone, Liberal. She had no truck with those 'collectivists' of the Social Democratic stripe favouring individuality over the community of which she was disparaging. She confessed, quoting from Friedrich Hayek, as to not believing in society. As she arrived at number ten she effectively fractured the Tories into separate entities. The so-called wets, those of the old brand of conservatism, the centrists and the hard right, Libertarian, John Adam's  types. What we now have is three parties under one flag. There is no longer one Conservative party.

The same can be said of the Labour party. They too have been splintered into smaller, fragmentary groups which in turn has destroyed the party thrust leaving it rudderless and without a leader to guide it.

Jeremy Corbyn is not hard left. Jeremy Corbyn is a man with values, morals that matter. He would have quite comfortably sat in the cabinet during Harold Wilson's premiership and no one would have battered an eyelid. He does not represent the left but echoes the desires of the common man. The likes of Harriet Harman, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper are not so much centrist Labour but left wing, old style Tories. They really have no place in the Labour party at all and should consider forming a breakaway group with like minded 'blues' calling the collective 'The New Conservatives' even though their political manifesto would be more Disraeli than Social Democrat. 

All of which only goes to show how much this nation is now in thrall to consumerism. The Empire need not strike back for it is firmly ensconced within the fabric of society. So well embedded is it that politician's revealing mild democratic views are declared socialists. And let's be honest we do not have a democracy here in Britain. What we have is a submissive acceptance of what is slightly better than a fascist dictatorship. There are no storm troopers, no brown shirts just a population wanting better but afraid to rock the boat. Our masters are the self-same ones who manifestly control our successive governments. These, of course, are the Libertarian (yes them again) conglomerates whose owners like a society with little or no rules, who desire free markets that rise and fall taking hard working individuals jobs with them as they go before passing those events off as market forces. As if people can be so easily dismissed as merely being something expendable.

With the internal breaking up of the two large political parties we have been witnessing smaller groups, most of whom, with the exception of UKIP, favour democracy. This means parties who welcome grass roots politics. These smaller parties are growing. So much so that two million people voted for the unpleasant UKIP and a further million for the Greens.
Even with UKIP, candidates surely for the Thatcherite neo-liberals to merge with, the country, if we had a proper democracy, would still have seen a progressive set of bodies forming a coalition like government.  One similar to the much  lauded Danish model. The fact we didn't bears witness to how flawed and how fallible the first past the post system is. It does not best serve democracy, therefore, it cannot represent us. It doesn't represent us.
We, much like Europe, are at a crux with both our politics and the parties we have long supported. Having major parties with a stew of conflicting divisions within them only assists those whose interests are served by themselves, namely the privileged.

Democracy means electing those we think will do a decent job for and by us. This means having elected bodies. No monarchy. No House of Lords.

I have never met a member of the Royal Family so cannot comment on a body of people unknown to me. I find it strange, vicious at times, that members of the public presume to know so much when there is so very little known before passing vindictive comment. I don't know the Windsor's nor they, me. I do know they are not elected and as such make a lie of the line the UK is a democracy.

The House of Lords does a good job but again is an unelected body representing whom precisely? Keep the name, the tradition and the history but alter the way in which members of the house gain power. In other words, elect representatives to the House of Lord's made of common people.

Adopting the Danish template we would see an elected body consisting of conservatives, socialists, neo-liberals, greens, and all manner of other parties. For example, if we use the names now known to us we get a better idea. The Conservative Party, The Labour Party, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, The UK Green Party, Plaid Cymru and the SNP. There may be others. To suggest this wouldn't work is a savage indictment of how to shallow a political mentality we have. It does work. It has worked for half a century. To suggest we are not Denmark, therefore, their political system will not work for us is nothing but spurious garbage. It does work. It is a democracy. What we have is a pretence. What we have is a few dictating to the many. That is not a democracy. It is not even representative.

I hope with all my heart Mister Corbyn wins the Labour Party election. They need a man of his stature after being bereft so long of the social morals they were founded on. I can only equally hope that he has the good sense to hold out the olive branch to the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru so that they too may exert influence to bring about the political change this country so sorely needs.

Remember, though, having a democracy means having to work with those you would rather not have in power. That is the very nature of democracy and the very opposite of authority. So then, seeing the above image, knowing that those faces represent large bodies of people all of whom have the right to be represented, do you really want a democracy?
Russell Cuts the Corn From The Brewers Whiskers.


Naila Rainmaker said...

Some of what gets elected into office really scares me. It terrifies me that here in the United States, the majority of people seem to have wanted Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Todd Akin, and Rick Santorum in office. Yikes!

Russell Duffy said...

Or even Donald Trump!

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