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.

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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!