Everyone is discussing the economic crisis and trying to "Find Someone to Blame" or "Find a Cure".
All of this is interesting in the short term but irrelevant in the long term. Why? Because our political system is wrong.
We, the people, have virtually no say over how we are governed. We have allowed a group of professional politicians to run our lives and it matters little whether they come from left or right; their objective is much the same.
To be in charge.
It is their incompetence and hunger for power that has got us where we are today.I for one have had enough.
In the UK, our parliamentary system evolved to provide a check to the actions of the Monarch, later the Prime Minister.The problem is that the MPs, whose function this is, have been effectively "bought" by one party group or another.
I am sure that no one would deny that the PM and the leaders of the opposition parties have significant patronage at their disposal; from official positions with fat salaries and perks down to selection for a safe parliamentary seat or the House of Lords.
The result of this is that MP's, who are supposed to represent their constituents, nearly always represent the Prime Minister or the leader of the opposition.
Politicians who rise to the top and become Prime Minister fall into two categories.
1)The Zealot who knows for sure that he knows best and has the answer to everything.
2)The power hungry who will do anything to be top dog.
Neither of these characteristics are desirable in a Prime Minister; in fact both are downright dangerous.
We need to curb the power of the Prime Minister over our representatives, who are actually supposed to check his power. In order to do that we need to limit his patronage. I think there are three very simple ways.
1)All Members paid positions in government, ministers,secretaries of state etc are subject to approval by the Commons.
2)All elevations to the Lords require the same approval.
3)Candidates for Party Parliamentary seats to be selected by a primary election in each constituency.
I believe that the last of these is the most important ( it's adoption will bring the first two about).It will return power to the electorate. The sitting member will always be at risk of deselection at election time regardless of the general political mood in the country .It will make him answerable to the constituents in his seat
You may say what has this to do with the current state of the economy, and I would be hard pressed to give you a direct correlation, but for example, government has saddled business with hundreds of costly regulations over the years, all of which make it more difficult for the wealth creators to be competitive. Many of these rules are nothing more than a thinly disguised tax.
The current government have created new criminal offences at the rate of one every four days for the last ten years.
The government has been able to create dozens of new personal taxes, which individually affect only a small proportion of the population and so attract little lasting anger, but which taken as a whole are an enormous burden on society.
The Police force is nearly useless, and sees itself as an arm of government or another social service rather than an independent upholder of the law
The bureaucracy of the state has grown to almost ridiculous proportions, nearly all of it unproductive and acting as a parasite on the wealth creating body.
The stupidity of much of the advice and initiatives coming out of Whitehall is extraordinary.The one about safety over Christmas recently issued beggars belief. Yet these are the same body of people advising the government on the current financial crisis.
All of these things make us less competitive and therefor less able to recover.
The unbridled power of the Prime Minister allows him to buy popularity by borrowing against the lives of our children and none of his own party gainsay him.It allows him to renege on a promise to hold a referedum on the European "constitution" with hardly a squeak from his own party.
I believe the collective wisdom of 600 or so MPs freely expressed in the debating chamber stands a much better chance of giving us a truly representative and wise democracy than the present collection of whipped and cringing creatures that we see at present.
I believe men and women selected by their peers in their locality, will be better suited to govern us,and more in touch with the governed, than the present party apparatchiks who simply parrot the party line.
I do not know how you feel, but everything that happens today seems to be designed to grind us, the people, into the ground and I, for one, am truly fed up with it.I am begining to understand what it means to be a Subject!