The Public Voice
The wonderful thing about democracy is how politicians are just so much more intelligent than the mere people who elect them into power in the first place.
Yes, it is a common fact that democracy has to be seen to be, rather than actually be, democratic. The man with the vote matters very little, he is spun a ‘manifesto’ of ideas that he votes for, but he must then accept that these were simply nice to haves and not necessarily things that would ever occur. In fact he might even find his chosen politician, and or party, swimming in the opposite direction that he voted “for”, without any real explanation.
In France they have perfected the political ruling class process so much so that they hardly bother to elect their senior politicians at all. These types cruise through various civil roles and positions that are only vaguely democratic in their selection process and unless they do something really stupid, such as sleep with the “Room Service”, they find themselves on the ticket for President. It is not down amongst the masses for these professional bureaucrat types, no shouting from the stump or sweaty election nights, just diners at the Élysée Palace and black Citroen limousines to rush you up and down the Champs Élysée, as if you are de Gaulle!
Italy is rather similar you can go from running Ferrari to being a presidential hopeful in one hop, step and jump.
South Africa is one of those strange democracies where you elect a party, not a human being. This is so that no individual little politician can be blamed by the electorate and everyone can shout the odds without ever being held accountable, for anything. In fact if you get fired as a senior politician in SA you are more likely to get a fat pension and position at the court of St James, than you are to visit the High Court!
There is no doubt that around the world there is trouble brewing. There is virtually no way to tell certain political parties apart. In America, UK, France, Germany and many other developed nations, the parties represent what they think the voters want at any particular moment and they fight for that middle ground, while constantly changing their stance. They no longer have a belief system and or set of objectives, to which the electorate gravitate, they move to the electorate rather like a creepy sycophant. The parties lack a definitive colour, be it red, blue or green, they are increasingly grey!
When any system becomes so “supposedly” developed and efficient, it almost invariably decays and collapses. The lack of choice and differentiation causes a gravitational pull to opposite poles and people become more radicalised. Left wing, right wing, inside centre or full back! Call these political views whatever you like, but human beings eventually seek them out and look for a clear identity, be it right or wrong.
This story of polarisation has been repeated throughout history ad nauseam. It has led to riots and in many instances outright war. Compound this with a recession, and or potential depression, to rival the worst any living person has seen and we could be on very dangerous ground. Never before have the differences between those with and without, in society been so clear. Not the shoeless street urchin, compared to the Belgravia toff of Dickenson times, no the clear and obvious lines that 24 hour TV and social media make so apparent every day.
Resentment will grow, the haves now clearly need to be less ostentatious and obvious in their attitude and we need to all accept that very tough economic times will probably last until 2014, at the very earliest.
By example the UK political arena is currently run by a tighter bunch of Etonian, Oxbridge products than has probably been seen since before the 1st World War, so much for democracy and equal opportunity! Yet they are spun by their suitably recruited, public school boy, PR and corporate communications chums as being men of the people – the facade will not last, trust me! Dave and Sam will be exposed as David Cameron, the wealthiest man in the house of commons and Lady Samantha his wife, fact!
The majority of these and many other people, now working within the political circus, have never worked at all outside of politics. They are not qualified men such as doctors or other professionals, even entrepreneurs or even corporate types. No they are simply professional politicians, people who actually know nothing about what is really going on in the real world, outside of their cabinet offices.
The public shout “We want hanging brought back”, but they cannot have it, the politicians know better. The public in the UK want out of Europe, they cannot have it, the politicians again know better. They also need the European parliament as a place for them to retire, a place with even less public accountability and yet still bigger perks. One such creature, Mr Peter Mandelson once applied for a Bentley, as his car while working as yet another Euro politico ……… I kid you not!
So when will the electorate say, enough is enough and force accountability and demand that manifesto promises get delivered upon, rather than binned in the first year of any new government. I personally do not want hanging brought back, but if I did I would be rather “strung up” if I was part of the 70% of the electorate who did and were told that some MP, living off me and my vote knew better!
Viva le revolution!