Yes, the circus is coming back to town. It comes at least every five years and is touted to arrive back in the U.K in May 2010. You could be forgiven for thinking the circus had arrived early given that Gorden “Clown” McBrown and his troop have performed juggling and disappearing acts with our money, sovereignty, health service, armed forces and everything else their glazed over eyes have looked at; not to forget the advanced ID passes they’ve dished out to volunteers in Greater Manchester and London; and, yes, the bonfire has been stacked really, really high and the fireworks are massive and should go off with a big bang. This circus will be the hottest for years to come. But no, the circus is not here yet and when it is here the increasingly lowered list of eligible audience members will be required to look at the troops on show, contort their faces and make grunts at the monkeys and lions while they decide what they will forsake in favour of what they expect to get then vote for the acts they wish to see over the next five years. Yes, the general election is nearly upon us.
But surely there is a better way to do things? Can we not have more of what we want and less of what we do not want? Shouldn’t we have a greater say in how our resources, environment and society are managed and safeguarded for ourselves, our children and our grand-children..?
I believe we can have both more choice and greater say. Now that more people know just corrupt, greedy, spiteful and self-interested our politicians are, we the general public are in a strong enough position to bring in change – to build the foundations of a better and more democratic political system that lets more voices be heard above the babble of our political animals.
Our current system is a “best fit” created in a past time to suit a population that didn’t have ready access to information and education. We live in a sweet point in human history: information is all around us. If we need to research a subject or grab the latest gossip about our neighbours and politicians then all we need do is open a web browser, head over to Google and search for it. We can make informed decisions about the subjects we care about. We should now put to good use our technology and access to knowledge and bring in better, more representative political system. Our present electoral system favours one party to govern us. Our present political system assumes that opposition parties, the lords, courts and special interest groups will keep government in check. We all know that this does not work in practice – our political system is proved corrupt and in need of change.
Why should we allow just one dominant political party to decide every policy that affects our lives?
Government should be elected by parts with parties representative of specific public interests being elected to the different parts of government with the sole purpose of administering the area of interest for which they were elected. If people care about education then they should be able to form a group and stand for election to fulfill that part of government; they should stand along side other groups whom also stand for education and the electorate should choose that education party which best reflects their wishes with respect to education. The same should be done for the environment, the health service and immigration etc… When a group cares about a subject enough it should be able to put it to public vote by standing for election to government to represent the wishes of the people in relation to its particular subject.
A government elected by parts would more easily adjust to social and civil needs and would represent our wishes more fully. It is ridiculous that an electorate of adults are forced to choose a party that favours most of their wants and needs while having to forsake other wants and needs because their party of choice fails to fulfill them. Too many voices are lost in the babble.
A partitive government would require an elected president to mediate between different parts to help them work together and to act as the united voice of the parts; and elections might take a little longer but isn’t that a sacrifice worth making if it entitles us to a greater say in how our country is administered?
A government elected by parts might only form part of the solution to our collapsing political system but surely it will be a good foundation from which to launch our future as a world leader in democracy?