The louder message from the rise of UKIP’s popularity in the UK is more a statement of distrust and need for change. The word “Independent” hangs in ambiguity as an umbrella over the fact that this is still a party.
100 years ago party politics was a necessary institution of trust for the people. It was needed to bridge the class system and build better working conditions and standards of living. Over time the differences between party approaches has been subtle at the least, and yet loyalty to the party line has restricted the use of common sense and intuition. It is now little more than an obsolete tradition, but it can only change from within. The current rise of social media and the transparency of the government is slowly awakening a political consciousness with the public. A vote is worthless now, compared to 100 years ago. It’s like choosing death by hanging or lethal injection.
The only way forward is to develop a nation of nonpartisan politics, where politicians are motivated by passion and desire to make the country better and not by money and power. This is not a utopian vision, it’s an inevitable change and time and conditions are right for now.
The global economic crisis and resulting austerity measures have opened our eyes to all that is wrong and needs to be put right. We could look at this in a positive way and consider it a lesson that lays the foundation for constructive change. I propose that what the public are really demanding is a political system where they feel that their vote makes a real difference and the changes we really want to see will work something like this:
* All parties dissolved and party politics banned, both at local and national level
* 650 wholly independent seats from each constituency voted as normal (not to be confused with UKIP)
* Voting for Prime Minister decided in the four weeks following General Election by the 650 candidates
* Other cabinet ministers also voted for with PM Proposing candidates based on their own experiences or expertise
* Each cabinet minister has a team of specialists in that area to work with (e.g. environment minister works with scientists, education minister works with headmasters, professors etc.,)
* All politicians pay capped (to around £40,000) regardless of cabinet position (including PM) so that the incentive doesn’t become the money – more the desire to make the country a better place.
* Any debate that does not reach 60% vote in Commons becomes voted for by public by annual referendums
* Politicians declare interest if affiliated with any corporate company, forfeiting right to vote on any decisions that might affect that interest
Of course in order to change things, it will have to be done from the inside, which would never happen without pressure. So I propose we force debate within the natural channels that exist (starting with http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/)
* We propose a box to tick at next general election papers in 2015
” Should there be an open debate and referendum on the dissolving of all political parties?” (phrasing needs considered)
This should then be debated fully in commons and televised with a date for referendum before 2020 election.
In order to get this box we need to set up a petition to the government through the e-petitions, mentioned earlier. This will open a public debate on whether to include this box on the vote slip.
This will encourage the people on the street to talk about it and possibly want to learn more about the way their country is run.
Never feel that we can’t make the change. Debate is crucial in finding the balance that will work. There needs to be a paradigm shift in politics to take us through the 21st century and it won’t happen unless we make it happen. So, let’s talk!