Politicians continually maintain that they govern for us and in our interests – well, in plain Anglo-Saxon they are bloody liars! Not that our media is any better – this blog has been putting forward, along with others, the proposition that Cameron has no intention of aiming for a Conservative majority government and that his real aim is for a continuation of coalition government with the Liberal Democrats in order to continue his liberal agenda. We now find Robert Colevile, Daily Telegraph, with what one observer on twitter has called a perceptive article, now writing about this and linking to a post by Gary Gibbon, Channel4 News, on his blog.
What we have here is two political parties ‘horsetrading’ their beliefs with but one objective in mind – to maintain their hold on power, along with the accompanying perks and privileges. And where exactly does the voice of the people feature? On House of Lords reform, admittedly they told us in their manifestos that this was a policy they intended to implement – but they never told us how it would be carried out, nor that they were prepared to set it to one side purely for their own electoral benefit. Likewise boundary redistribution.
Politicians also continually pontificate about democracy and the democratic process but where is democracy and the democratic process when political parties engage in horsetrading for their own political benefit? Where is democracy and the democratic process when politicians intend to interfere with our Constitution and election process without asking those to whom both subjects belong? Where is democracy and the democratic process when political parties allow one of their number to rise from among them and behave in the manner of a dictator? Where is democracy and the democratic process when the people have allowed a politician to assume the role of a dictator – whether through their own ignorance or disinterest?
Direct Democracy and Referism anyone?