In this country we live in a democracy; we believe out system is so right and good we try to take it all over the world; why should people have to live under a dictatorial system when they could copy ours which is obviously a shining example of fairness and transparency? It has to be fair because we have a system in which all adults can exercise their right to vote representatives to take a place in government. But I find it difficult to believe in a so-called democracy which deigns to give us all the choice of voting for representatives of three political parties, all peopled by career politicians with no principles (see Nick Clegg). To the annoyance of many, I exercise my right to eschew the whole charade and I haven’t voted for years.
One could argue that we are free to change the system from the inside; I could conceivably stand for parliament myself(if I could raise the cash of course).If elected, I would then be able to take a seat in the aptly named ‘House Of Commons’ where the first requirement made of me would be to swear an allegiance to the Queen. Republicans who refuse to lie about whom they owe their duty to, are thus excluded from representing the people. In our democracy, the highest public office, that of head of state, is open only to the members of the Windsor-Mountbatten family, the elected members of the “lower” House can be over-ruled by the unelected “upper” House, the House of Lords who are there by dint either of their ancestry or by donating large sums of cash to their chosen party. This all seems more Feudal than democratic to me. Not even in its elective government is Britain free from the power of inherited privilege. Four wolves and one lamb voting on lunch is our form of democracy.
It is not just me that is disenchanted with the political system on offer; representative democracy has to be about people voting and that number is catastrophically in decline. Membership of political parties and election turnout has fallen significantly in the last decade, only 1% of the electorate belong to a party, and just over six out of ten eligible people used their vote in the 2010 general election and the figure was barely one in three in European and local elections.There are numerous big issues for us to get to grips with-the economy, education, the NHS-and it is definitely not contentment which is causing voter apathy. It is about having no faith in a system which has proved time and time again to be corrupt to the core. What gets me more than anything is the hypocrisy of our system; at least the corruption at the heart of a dictatorship has a certain honesty.Those who bang on about our wonderful parliamentary democracy tend to delight in it only when their party wins, whereas if they believed in the majority vote being the right vote, they would be delighted regardless. And I’m sure if voting really did have the power to change anything, they’d make it illegal.