The Next Big Movement

People who have read my articles in the past know that I don’t support our outdated voting system. Now is probably the best time to bring this up again. After the result of the American Presidential election and the anger and outrage at the electoral college and their outdated voting system, it’s time we have a look at our own. My main reason for taking interest in this issue originally was in the last General Election I voted for UKIP, perceived by most as a ‘protest vote’. The party overall made massive inroads on the overall vote, collecting 3.8 million votes. To put that into context we got nearly three times the amount of votes than the SNP who collected 1.4 million votes, yet they gained 56 seats in our parliament and we got 1 seat. From what I see in this divided country at the moment I would expect mass outrage from our ‘liberal’ friends who are busy trying to delay brexit. Yet not a whisper has been heard. They tried to champion proportional representation in a white paper motion which I fully commend the Greens for doing, I even wrote to my MP Sir Paul Beresford and asked him to get behind the motion which was a fools errand, as I was told in no uncertain terms that he whole heartedly opposed it and that was the end of that. It fell on deaf ears. I understand why, the people in power aren’t going to give away more of their power and damage their own party and interests.

Also it didn’t have the full blooded support that it really needed to get off the ground. I don’t think however that this is the best course of action or indeed the right cause to be supporting. When going for complete change you have a harder time persuading people and changing their minds. So I move onto the next stage. I had a massive brainwave (or so I thought) about 2 months ago of a brilliant new system that I devised in my head that supported both the current way of voting and a form of proportional representation, a hybrid if you will. Which would be easier to sell to the public and parliament alike, rather than cutting numbers of MPs or anything drastic of that nature. Yet to my disbelief after looking it up online, a form of my ‘vision’ already exists. Before I tell you which system it is I shall explain it and try to sell it to you.

Quite simply the numbers and areas that hold the power in parliament aren’t proportionate, so why not tip the balance of power. There are a huge amount of seats in London and Scotland which don’t reflect the views of the overall country. So by changing constituency boundaries of places like London and Scotland you could essentially free up a huge amount of seats and put them to use. By creating a regional MP as well as a constituency MP, so that say for example a party gained a huge amount of votes but came second in all of the constituencies they would still get some MPs who would be the voice for the people who didn’t vote for the constituency MP. Otherwise you get what we have now, with swathes of UKIP support but no one to give us a voice in parliament, including might I add the House of Lords (that’s for another time!). So it would give more of a balanced debate in the House and actually reflect the views of the country, there would also be no more ‘shock’ results like Brexit as people would actually be heard and their opinions transmitted onto a higher platform.

Now the downside to this is that where it’s already used, the regional MP is looked upon as a lesser MP and someone who couldn’t win a seat. So to combat that I thought of a different way to approach it, instead of being picked from a party list system the MP who wins the largest majority in a region is ‘promoted’ to regional MP and a candidate of a party who won the most amount of votes but came second would take his/her place as constituency MP, thus taking away the stigma of regional MP because the regional MP will have resounding support from the electorate. This is of course is the Additional Member System which is currently used in the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament, but with a few tweaks. Imagine my excitement and then withering disappointment all in the space of about 5 minutes when I devised it and then the realisation it already existed in some form! So there goes my dream of being a pioneer or revolutionary of electoral reform. I’ll just stick to fighting it out with Liberals and shouting down Political Correctness shall I…?

There is a huge disconnect between the London Elite and the rest of the country, this is why it needs to change and why in this form of voting the number of MPs from London would be more evenly distributed. There is no doubt that this country is divided, especially when it comes to politics. This form of voting system would be easier to use in persuading the masses as it isn’t too far different from the current system and from what i’ve seen after Brexit, change angers privileged millenials and the upper classes alike. Yet if we’re actually to move forward as a country after Brexit has actually taken place then we definitely need to drag this archaic system into the 21st century and really give the power back to the people. This legal farce that is taking place isn’t ‘giving the power to the people’ it is creating a bigger divide still. Gina Miller has single-handedly disenfranchised 17 million voters. Quite frankly, the abuse she receives is duly deserved apart from the death threats as I don’t believe people should be killed or threatened for their views. She actually believes she is the ‘champion of the people’ and believes in parliamentary sovereignty, then please explain why she is taking court action against the government and their plans on Brexit. The DEMOCRATICALLY elected government who have a mandate to govern the country from the electorate. Yes the referendum was advisory, yet the government would take the advice and implement the decision. It is as clear cut as it can get. Yet this rich women who thinks she speaks for normal ordinary people is trying to bypass the system by throwing money at it. She’s also cast doubt over the judiciary in this country by dragging it through the courts, as the verdict was poorly devised by the three judges in charge. The people voted to Leave why delay it, if it’s a matter of Royal prerogative then why hasn’t anyone talked to the Queen? I understand that she has to stay impartial as a constitutional monarchy and can’t show any political leaning, yet the decision rests with her and surely if the people she rules over have spoken then it should be implemented. The question was asked and you got the answer, stop being a sore loser and get on with your life. Trying to throw the country into further turmoil should be seen as a treacherous act, the end.

This movement is where the next big burst of political pressure should come from. Maybe in the new year and before Article 50 is triggered, UKIP especially should get behind this as they have the most to gain from it. But also it should be considered by normal voters as regardless of whatever political allegiances we have, this move is in the interest of the nation. Scotland and London won’t see it in this way, but then again what they think doesn’t reflect the views of the nation as a whole and it would benefit us to go down this road. It would also help to bridge the divide in the country and hopefully give hope to the electorate that eventually everyone will get a say in how their country is run.

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Big Election Push

So it’s the eve of the General Election and i’m at a stage of anti-climax as even though I know there will be no overall majority, there will still be no change to our flawed and failing system. I think the most crucial thing is that as many people as possible actually do vote. Much as I sympathise with Russell Brand and his Apathetic following, he is just as bad as the people he campaigns against. For example, when pushed about it and asked “why don’t you run for parliament?” all he could come up with was “i’m scared i’ll turn into one of you lot”. Which is so wishy-washy and liberal it hurt me to see him come out with it. That is where I started losing respect and admiration for him and his ’cause’. I think people have forgotten that if you want real change then you have to stand up and fight for it and actually take a stand, not sell out and say i’ll leave it for someone else. By doing so you give in your only power, which is to hold the government accountable with the power of voting. Now people look down on it in the “it’s just one vote and won’t count anyway” style of thinking, which is the wrong way to think about it. If Russell Brand was actually clever about it, he could go “i’ve got 8 million followers, i’m leading this apathetic cause because there is no real change, I have plenty of funds, why don’t I stand for parliament and use my following to gain votes and influence” instead he was too ‘scared’. But really if you think about it, if every person that wants to vote and says it won’t count so doesn’t actually vote, then went and voted, then it would be a more accurate vote and change would actually happen. Personally I don’t care who any of you reading this votes for (as long as it’s not the Greens) just as long as you vote. Like i’ve urged people before, check out all the party’s manifestos and see what they actually stand for in relation to where your views sit. If you see a trending pattern of agreement on any of them then you are most likely aligned with that party. Every body has a part to play in this General Election, for once i’m not banging on about UKIP and why you should vote for them, really have a sit down and think tonight before you go out and cast your votes tomorrow about what changes will most benefit Britain and then which will benefit locally. Remember there are two different votes tomorrow, one for the MP and another for the councilors who actually run the area. Two completely separate things altogether, just quickly research who is standing in your area for both and see what they’re actually trying to achieve. I just want to say one thing to the younger people reading this who haven’t voted before, don’t be drawn in by political point scoring and who sounds better or who looks better, go with the policies in the manifesto. It’s a clear choice when you put it down to that. Just bear in mind that the next big political action that will be hinging on this election is the referendum on leaving the EU. Read into that first before casting your vote. I’m currently reading a book written by an economist, Roger Bootle called ‘The Trouble With Europe’ and already 45 pages in i’m even more against being in the EU than I was before. This issue is something you are going to be asked to vote on in roughly 2 years time, I suggest you do a little digging before accept either side’s argument. All you will hear from the media are the good sides of it and how it ‘benefits’ our nation, yet it’s not always apparent how. As you will have seen if you have read my article ‘The Movement’, there are major things wrong with being in the EU. Don’t get drawn into the rose-tinted glasses mode of the media of everything is alright and doesn’t need changing, even the award winning Liberal economist who wrote the book i’m reading accepts that the EU has to be completely overhauled or it would be more of a benefit to Britain if we leave, and that’s from a Liberal!

I hope you enjoyed my article, but please gloss over my little political jabs at people and other parties and take what i’m saying with sincerity. Make a careful, thought-over choice when you vote tomorrow. You vote DOES matter and DOES count towards the future of OUR country, whomever you may vote for.

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!