The Death Of 21st Century Politics

I have spent so long away from blogging due to my laptop being unable to type properly, so firstly I apologise.

The one thing that has bothered me this whole time, has been the current political system in the UK. It’s old fashioned and doesn’t work anymore. Forgive me for stating the obvious but no one seems to have addressed it properly in my view. They wonder why the youth are “disaffected” by politics, we’re not. It’s just the current system doesn’t work and we aren’t buying it!

The last General Election was a hung parliament, we could all see it coming. Yet again the General Election looms and at least they all have acknowledged that this will be the outcome this time around. Yet it seems they have not learnt from the mistakes of the last election. The FPTP (first past the post) system doesn’t work within a current democracy, especially in our “multi-cultural” and diverse nation. We have so many different views, cultures and religions, that having 2 opposing parties that stand for literally the same thing isn’t enough anymore.

Introducing UKIP, Greens & SNP onto the scene, in the last few by-elections UKIP have come out as strong favourite to re-write the politics of this country by stealing votes from every side. It’s not hard to see why, we want change. Yes some may call it a ‘protest’ vote, yet it stands for something more potent than that. People don’t trust that things will change under a Labour or Conservative government, as they seem so happy with keeping the current system which suits them so well, yet not taking the country’s needs into account first, which is what the ruling government should always keep at the front of it’s mind. Say we were to move to a PR (proportional representation) system, not only would the % of the vote accurately distribute the seats to the most popular party, but it would also give a greater insight into how we are voting in the elections and technically who the real winner is.

I never use to believe in PR, mainly because we had a two party system and it worked. I look back on myself 5 years ago before the last election and realise how wrong I was. I can’t be blamed for this bearing in mind my knowledge of politics was nowhere near at the level it is now and I didn’t really understand how everything worked. Now I do and in keeping with the times I say the next government should change the system in which we operate. If they come out with this policy they have a chance of gaining the youth vote, as many statistics show a more liberal leaning in the 16-24 year olds and PR being quite a liberal way of looking at things, this would go down well with them. They (or I should say me) want to see change, a shake up of the government. We don’t want to see it designed for the same old people and the way things ‘were’. The old system died the moment we had a Tory – Liberal coalition. Two parties you would never see together in a million years, yet we were stuck with it for 5 years. However, it sort of worked out between them, which proves my point that the two main parties (and liberals) are all spouting the same shit and we don’t want to hear it.

The reason people are ‘sympathising’ with UKIP, Greens & SNP, is because they actually stand for something different, no matter how ‘extreme’ they see the views, people can visibly distinguish between them and gives them a clear choice of which side they are on. Bring in the ever looming discussion of self governance, which in a way I can see could work by taking the power out of the government’s hands and actually giving ourselves a direct involvement in politics. However, thinking of a way to construct this is the problem i’m facing.

The only way I can see things changing are the following ‘ideas’:

1. Taking into account we are in the 21st century and the number of computer/smart phone users is at such a largely staggering amount, why don’t we incorporate this into our system. Firstly, vote on which policies the voters actually want to see implemented, also giving us the choice to vote on things that actually matter rather than giving the mandate to a government to ‘make the decisions on your behalf’. This way we can clearly decide what should happen by manually voting (which would take seconds on a smart phone) by a set deadline in which the votes are automatically counted online and the deciding outcome would make the decision, thus stopping any arguments between people and whether their point is more important or more ‘right’. Bearing in mind this isn’t on the day to day issues of the House of Commons, just the major things (e.g NHS, education system), the things that directly effect us should be directly handled by us. It would also cut out the outdated shouting over each other in the House of Commons, which puts off so many young people as no one seems to get anything done and seem to get paid lots of money for it.

2. Secondly, taxpayers should all be given an app in which they decide where their taxes are spent. Giving a cost breakdown of where all the money (GDP) is going currently and where WE decide the cuts should come from and where the money should go. This should be done once every 6 months instead of them issuing a ‘budget’. For example, I don’t want any of my taxes going on foreign aid, so I would save £400m from that and could transfer that into something like the NHS or where it was needed more. Obviously as I don’t have access to all the information I can’t give amazing examples. Also we should be able to decide whether we need certain ministries as getting rid of them would also save money. Then taking into account of where everyone has decided the money to go we take an overall average and implement it. Slowly it will start to dawn on people that it’s their duty to vote on this as it will effect them if they don’t, thus getting people involved and actively responding to politics.

3. We should decrease the amount of time between General Elections, 5 years is too long if you get stuck with something you didn’t vote for. It should be either 3 or 4 years, also we should include a clause where if more than half of the voting population don’t want the current government if it fails half way through its time in office/ does something no one agrees with, then it should automatically trigger a snap election.

This is just the start of the ideas in which I feel we should implement to reintegrate the youth into politics and the General public for that matter. We are sick of what is going on and we want change.

Sorry for this being so long and thank you for reading!

6 thoughts on “The Death Of 21st Century Politics

  1. Joaquin

    The young are always disillusioned with politics, every generation thinks that it has the answers. The truth is that the business of running a democratic nation state is extremely difficult and poses a wealth of major challenges that are the solutions to which are simply not compatible with each other. You can never please every demographic. Nobody is saying that our system is perfect and its true that politics in the UK are dominated by members of the social elite. We had a referendum in 2011 about whether we should abandon fptp in favour of av and the result was that people didn’t want change.
    Your ideas about digitalising thee democratic process by allowing people to vote using an online app are over idealistic and fail to take into account the very real risks doing anything important using online communication. This has been considered in the past too and overwhelmingly it was argued that the danger presented by hackers affiliated with known terrorist groups as well as other hostile governments to pervert the results of online computerised voting to their own ends was too great to be over looked.

    In addition to this, while you have clearly thought hard about the issues relating to the way our country is run, there is a significant percentage of the enfranchised who are not interested or up to date with any of the issues that do not have a direct bearing on their own personal self interest. Allowing people to vote on select issues makes the politics system vulnerable to fad voting and blatant selfishness where people are esentiall voting for the policies that give them the best deal rather than for what’s best for the country. You yourself attested that putting aside self interest and acting for the greater good was a preferred virtue, unfortunately seldom seen, in today’s politicians.

    Best of luck

    1. AV is a different system and not very appealing, I understand that we can’t please every demographic, however we can get a more mutual consent on the policies that are being administered in today’s government? Also I think it’s silly that for example UKIP can have 20-25% of the vote but could technically not get many seats at all. They asked the question ‘why are the youth disaffected?’ just giving my answer!
      In regards to the online app, they seem to cope with every other form of voting alright I can’t see why it would change by doing it on the internet. It’s the government surely they have their own hackers to build good enough security/defence against online attacks?
      To be honest, i’d prefer “fad voting” over no voting considering some of the trash that gets made into law anyway, they want the youth to vote then expect fad voting as young people are easily led astray!

      1. They could simply have a local database that has all the voters saved with their unique voter identity… the identity id could be associated with their app account… therefore making votes secure as they will make it so that only 1 vote per registered id is possible. It’s a simple system and shouldnt be too hard to implement. I like the idea about an app that allows you to personally decide in what part of the uk your money should be used. I could build a solid local database system that takes an input of data to then export a solid result.

        Nice comment Lukey

  2. boris

    Voting apps sound like a good idea because they give everyone the power to make decisions on important issues but, as they are reliant on the internet, they are vulnerable to security threats and can never be 100% secure. Both individual hackers and national security organizations in developed countries around the world are always finding new ways to challenge the security of online communications for their own advantages. No connected system could ever be completely safe or reliable. New technology is bound to come with new bugs and the temptation to exploit them is just too great for those with the power and agenda to do so. Also just having one vote per registered id doesn’t guarantee any kind of safety, imagine a small line of code added to the voting app which counted all votes for Party A as votes for Party B.
    Also you might spare a thought for the people in society who do not have access to technology like smart phones or for the elderly, who make up a significant proportion of the electorate, that are not familiar or comfortable with technology. This is an idea for which our society is not yet ready and perhaps one day in the future we will be able to have the confidence in our online security and equality in the distribution and understanding of our technology which allows a system like this to work properly.

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