I am a resident of the UK, born and bred a citizen of this fine country.
But in the last twenty years the word ‘fine’ seems to have become misplaced by the people and organisations empowered to lead and run this country. Let me explain what I mean.
Democracy is the developed world’s answer to giving freedom and choice to the masses. It is a defined system of government for the whole population. As a member of that population I have a choice as to who I want to empower to make decisions on my behalf to achieve the ‘things’ that are important to me.
Those ‘things’ typically might appear to the broad population as the following.
- Peaceful living conditions
- Value for money on the taxes we pay
- A good quality of life
Yes, there are other more specific elements, but I think those three things are fundamental to most people.
So democracy is the path to choosing who manages the achievement of this on our behalf. It all seems pretty straight forward so far, yes I know the devil is in the detail. Managing a tax income of £756.2 billion* isn’t easy. Especially given that the country has an existing debt of £1,783.5 billion* (2.3 times annual income).
Politics for me is the process of democracy. The system of government facilitates a need for consensus, and to achieve that political parties embody that consensus offering the population an alternative theology on how this is best achieved.
Right now in the UK, it is this system that is completely failing.
It isn’t just now that its failing, its been failing for years. The reasons are that the three main political parties in this country have lost sight as to what the people they represent actually want or need in this country.
They are consumed by institutional beliefs that are not fit for the 21st Century.
Theology is one thing, but are we really that blind. A good understanding of history demonstrates that we as human beings have developed and evolved through some core structures unique to us as humans. Firstly, our ability to think and imagine. Secondly, our ability to communicate with each and as a consequence, collaborate.
(If your not that hot on your human history then I thoroughly recommend you read Sapiens: A Brief History of humankind.)
In collaborating we share our imaginations, called ideas of what something can be. And we then experiment to find out what works, what doesn’t and what we need to change to make it better.
Politics is a space where this collaboration can & has in the past taken place. Where it often falls over is with the lack of experimentation.
What we are left with is theories, and because political parties can’t get away from that they look backwards.
The Brexit referendum came from a backwards looking Conservative party that were consumed with a desire to hold power within the country, rather than recognise the opportunities that could come from collaboration within a bigger group.
This was further exploited by fake news, Facebook advertising and campaigns based on myth and lies as confirmed by the electoral commission.
And yet, even with all that miss-information around us, we are still prepared to accept the result.
Today’s failing politics
Right now, September 2018 things for this country of mine look very bleak. We have a conservative party in government that have spent the best part of two years realising with every passing day closer to the leaving date how financially damaging its going to be to this country.
With it has come a freeze, a rabbit caught in the headlights. Shit, how do we get out of this?
Their best plan is to negotiate a partial leave, and unsurprisingly the EU doesn’t really want that.
If that wasn’t bad enough, where are the other political parties. Labour and the Liberal Democrats?
Labour are having a big internal fight about how they deal with Jews. Really? I not saying for one minute that it’s not an issue. It is, but right now this country is less than six months from something that will have a profound effect on us all. When the leader is pushed, he can’t decide what side of the fence to sit on because he is more worried about his job, than the country he wants to lead.
As for the Liberal Democrats, they want out, but I don’t know where they are.
And that’s the point. Where is the leadership that these political parties should be showing us?
If the conservatives know its going to be that bad, why not collaborate with the other parties. Share the facts and figures as they know them with the others, present them to the country and give the country the decision via a second referendum.
Collaboration, there’s an idea…