Break the Apathy
My good friend Paul Booker responded to an earlier Blog. https://thehiddenedge.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/pondering-the-passion. He declared that the Labour Party, TUC and cooperative movements have lost their way as they are no longer needed in the new millennium. That may well be true but his is just one version of vision and there may be others with a different view.
What stuck me was how similar many of the minority parties are, each with its own specific agenda. Moreover, how disunited they are. After a long old chat with the Green Party representative I asked him why the party doesn’t link up with the Lib Dems? Ops! I might have just lit a match in order to blow up the Houses of Parliament! He categorically stated that the Green Party would not coexist with the Lib Dems just to prop their election chances, as much as they (The Lib Dems) would like this to be so.
And there I was considering, in my liberal (small l) fashion how compromise would help the Greens to achieve their agenda. Their current political standing in the government is somewhat short of irrelevant. Later, I spent quite some time studying a Socialist Party of GB newsletter. I recognised a significant correlation between this party’s’ stated beliefs and my own. However, when I got to the declaration of principles, it stated … “The Socialist Party of Great Britain enters the field of political action determined to wage war against all other political parties”
Why would these minority parties not wish to coalesce?
Here is my view. Is it possible to be a social capitalist? I do believe it is and for those really interested I consider myself as a Eudaemonist – but I digress. We already have at least, two middle of the road parties, adding more can only further dumb down the voice of the electorate. Polls tell us that many are unhappy with the current Labour government but none too happy with the alternative Conservative. There is too little to differentiate the two other than the individual personalities within. Their politics are so middle of the road that is has become bland and the electorate has become bored. What have they to argue about; nothing except for petty’s sake? We pay dear taxes to afford them that privilege. When we vote in the middle of the road, we get mediocre politics.
Middle of the road politics should not be confused with the middle path. Since neither extremes of socialism nor capitalism work because of human nature, the middle path offers an alternative. If the country wants the best from each system; accepting consumerism whilst employing ethics, stoics and virtues then there needs to be representatives in Westminster that can articulate the diverse opinions of the people. What’s more, if every vote counted, the electorate may well be more disposed to selecting a voice; the one that it believed in. And so to proportional representation.
The Labour government promised a referendum on how we elect our MPs, when it came to power in 1997. We are still waiting. In 2005 Labour got a massive majority in the House of Commons despite six out of ten people voting against them. Moreover only 48% of the voting population actually did. That means this massive majority in Government represents, at best, 22% of the total voting population. If you think this is unjust and want to add your voice for change; try these links:
Mmm! Of course proportional representation could lead to a hung parliament at the next election. So what of a coalition vision for 21st century politics? Or would a coalition be no better than the middle of the road politics as we currently have? I hope I’ve offered some food for thought – please feel free to vocalise! Here’s One Voice http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX7ktZF6U4Q