Time for a rethink?
Seeing the turmoil and unrest across the world as various countries go to the polls one wonders if it is time for a rethink of how we are governed?
For too long all so called democratic countries have had the choice of voting for party “A” or party “B” with a few votes being thrown around to lesser parties that up until now have had nearly no hope of making a difference.
We have seen world chaos because of debt; with politicians pointing the finger of blame 100% at the banks and no one mentioning the large loans or sovereign debt that cannot be repaid, nor any mention of shareholders demanding ever larger dividends which has also encouraged the debt and greed culture. If politicians had not been so vain and full of their own importance then perhaps they could have reigned in the banks and big business and stopped the problem before it became too late.
Alas most of the politicians are just that, politicians with no experience of the real world or how it works, else they come from very wealthy families or from a political family that at its best is akin to the Russian Tsars and its worst the dictatorship of North Korea and the Jong-Il dynasty.
Perhaps we should look at politics with a fresh eye and then implement a new radical approach to the entire system. First of all no politician should be allowed more than 2 terms as a politician, this would encourage fresh blood and hopefully new ideas without any of the trappings of a long established political dynasty.
Second we should abolish all political parties, something that seems to have caught the electorate on London in the recent Mayoral votes with Siobhan Benita an independent candidate taking 3.8% of the vote at her first attempt.
We would then vote in the person we think is best for the job and not because they are “Labour and my family has always been Labour”, or whatever. Once the votes are in we should have a collection of good independent ministers who will vote for their conscience and for their constituency and not toe a party line which may go against the people that voted for them.
These ministers should then elect a leader, chancellor etc.
This method would ensure the electorate would have a true voice in how they are governed and should reduce nepotism, cronyism and corruption. The House would not be split by warring factions trying to outdo their opponent across a ballot box; instead there should be constructive discussions and practical solutions.
Though I am afraid the die-hard politicians would have too much to lose if there was any change to our current electoral system.