So, we read that Cameron is more committed to the Coalition than when he and Clegg made the initial decision following the stalemate at the general election back in May 2010; a point with which NIck Clegg seemed to concur when playing down talk of them being ‘at war’. It can be the cause of no surprise that both speak as they do because the alternative, being in opposition, is not that attractive – at least not when they have both had a taste of the ‘good life’.
It is important to note that both men are planning a new ‘slimmed-down’ agreement setting out the Coalition’s plans for the remainder of this parliamentary term. So for the second time within a period of less than three years the British electorate are to be presented with a document/manifesto on which they have not been given the opportunity of expressing an opinion. Such a document has no place in a democracy, in fact it is more akin to an edict produced by a dictatorship. Oh, wait………
The majority of the electorate will no doubt let the planned ‘slimmed-down’ agreement pass them by, while shrugging their shoulders in resignation and one can understand such a reaction; although conversely one can but be amazed that they have allowed their democracy and political process to be highjacked by those they have elected without raising their voices in dissent. On the other hand, in fairness it could be argued that they have never been informed that besides representative democracy there are other systems in being which would allow them to control political excess and emasculation of democracy.
It is that which the Harrogate Agenda hopes to produce for the approval of the electorate, the opportunity to debate a number of proposals for change; because, as Cameron once famously said, we cannot continue as we are. The final proposals that are put to the electorate will either be accepted, amended, or dismissed outright – but the important point is that it will be the people deciding their own future and not two self-centred, career politicians telling them what they must do and how they must behave. For this one reason alone it is of paramount importance that people become engaged with the Harrogate Agenda and partake in its deliberations and the discussions being held. My one plea to those that read this and other like-minded blogs is that they will engage family, friends and neighbours, urging them to become involved.