Democracy has taken a pummeling recently. Our elected leaders have been shown up, yet again, to be caught out in sleaze, lies and corruption. They promise ‘radical changes’ to reassure us (and protect their cozy livelihoods); but these will turn out to be yet more empty promises.
Fans of diversity propose reverse discrimination policies to try to ensure that those who govern us are ‘normalised’ racially, sexually, ethnically and… otherly. I fail to see how it will help to have more women, more black people, more disabled, more whatever; whichever labels they may have, these people are still human, and will still be prone to the corruptive influences that are clearly endemic in the system.
The government proposes a reduction in the MPs within Parliament. This is another move I cannot understand. Sure, it sounds good on the face of it: fewer MPs appears to mean less cost maintaining them. The way I see it, though, it simply means fewer people to address the burning issues of our times. A smaller government can only accomplish less at a time when we need to do more; it will be weaker, and thus less able to resist the burgeoning demands imposed upon society by the will of Big Business.
True democracy has been under constant threat for years, simply by dint of the fact of increasing population. There are ever more of us, ‘represented’ by the same number of members of Parliament (a number that we’re now told is set to be cut). Which means in effect that each voice in Parliament speaks for ever more people. This is erosion of the concept of democracy.
I propose a true radical change, not just more words. Instead of continuing the charade of voting for individuals (or, rather, parties) — a system that may have worked once but clearly no longer has any relevance — I suggest considering something entirely different.
How about if we were to each vote, not for individuals, but for how our tax money is to be spent?
Me, I would like to see more money spent on renewable energy, public transport and on space exploration, and less on roads, the military, and the expensive paranoid nonsense of ‘anti-terrism.’ Your views will, no doubt, be different; but you could vote for your hard earned tax to be spent on what you hold as important. Add all the numbers together (something that can be done trivially easily these days, due to computers) and then –
Sack the self-serving career politicians, all those wasters who live in a different world from the rest of us, en masse. Replace them with qualified administrators to allocate the budgets actually set by us, the people. That way, we might have a chance of seeing true democracy in action.