Fed Up With Politics

I’m fed up with political parties. The reason? Well, a couple really. They seem to spend all their time playing “tit for tat”, rather than wanting what is actually best for the country. Just look at the last election campaign. I don’t think that’s really the best way to decide what is best for the country!

The other thing is, they seem to discourage open and frank discussion. If a member of a party doesn’t agree with something the party does (and comment about it openly) then they’re at risk of being fired from the party (or something like that). Witness the octogenerian man who was thrown out of the labour party conference 😉

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No, I think that the modern world has moved into a situation where political parties themselves are less relevant than they used to be. What I mean is, in the past people would align themselves with the particular ideology of a political party. If you agreed with Convervative ideals, you’d vote for the tory party. Likewise with labour, etc. Everyone know where they stood. But these days the lines are distinctly blurred. It’s not so easy to separate out those ideals. In fact, it’s almost downright impossible. I might like a combination of policies from labour, from the tory party, and from the lib dems.

So, my suggestion would be – split the parties up into various departments, and let the voters vote for those particular departments / people they agree with, rather than an entire party. That way, rather than playing tit for tat about ideologies they might start working together (for a change) for the good of the country!

Yes, OK, so you people who know about politics are going to say that would be the end of civilisation as we know it. I don’t think I’d miss it, to be honest :p

5 thoughts on “Fed Up With Politics

  1. Well, Phill – as a Politics graduate I have to say I think I agree with you … And it’s difficult being caught between the 3 parties where you agree on some issues but thoroughly disagree on other issues … at the moment the party system forces the voter to prioritise issues and vote on that basis or else just to vote on which party represents the least worst option! And why should the parties dictate the choice? Surely it should be up to the electorate to decide who they want to vote for – without the politicians deciding the parameters and scope of the debate!

    I’m not sure exactly how your suggestion would work out in practice but it’s a very interesting idea!

  2. Wow, a politics graduate agrees with me! 🙂

    Yeah, my thoughts are what you get when a comp sci graduate looks at politics. When something gets to the state the government’s in, it seems logical to split it up.

    Again, how that would work out in practice I don’t know — but still. Maybe I should try and get Simon on my side, so when he’s Prime Minister… 😉

  3. “distinctly blurred” – now there’s an oxymoron if ever I saw one! Not sure I can comment on politics though, not really my area of speciality. Now, if it was about tea, that would be a completely different kettle of fish… or a kettle of hot water, as the case may be…

  4. Well I have always been a fan of “single-issue” politics. However the English political system is absolutely useless (Scotland gets a better deal).

    I think we have a lot to learn from the other nothern European systems where you vote in order of preference rather than just for one party. Having lots of smaller parties means they are closer to the people and have to do more for your vote.

    I also like the idea of a rolling senatorial system for the House of Lords. In this system different regions vote separately, at the rate of a couple of regions per year. The political parties then have to care about the electorate all the time, not just every 4-5 years.

    Now technology allows us to vote for X Factor every week, it seems bizarre that we are only asked our opinion every half-decade.

    Why not replace the parliament act, where if the two houses of parliament disagree on an issue then the house of commons eventually wins, with a phone/text/email vote?

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