Friday, 23 May 2014

Much ado about nothing



As the results of the latest "election" trickle through, and the various parties hack lumps out of each other to claim their mandates from the voters, perhaps it is worth noting that the biggest vote by far, came from those who didn't vote at all.

30.5 million, to be exact. Think about that for a moment. Only 1 in 3 of those eligible to vote, actually bothered to wander down to some God forsaken primary school stinking of head lice and disinfectant and place a cross next to any candidate at all. Who now speaks for them?

In truth, no one speaks for the 65% of us who dearly wish for a "none of the above" option. Champagne will flow at the various HQs of those who would be our masters and grinning Politicians and Councillors will queue up to impose their will upon us, yet have absolutely no mandate to do so. We rejected them all by a margin of 2 to 1.

This will become a trend as (after the victory heangovers wear off) it slowly dawns on those assuming their positions over us that without the actual will of the public, it's going to be damn near impossible to get anything done - not that they won't try, naturally. But they'll be nervously looking over their shoulders for a pitch fork waving mob coming up the street, rather than the shoulder high carrying hoards they had hoped would elect them.

The voting system in this country is not democratic and it isn't representative - it's simply a mechanism to kick cans down a road and hope nobody minds too much. It could be overhauled - it's not as if it is the only voting system in the world - and it could be made genuinely representative by the implementation of local, direct democracy - the Swiss have managed it superbly - but it won't. Yet.

Until we tackle this beast, we are not represented. Our votes, and more importantly, our lack of votes count for absolutely nothing. A Political elite will simply ignore everything we say, everything we do and carry on regardless claiming a mandate that never existed - much like the faux representation of the "People's Democratic Republic of Sovietism", I can only hope they learn the hard way that once you truly ignore the majority you intend to impose your will over, you are on well trodden path to revolution.

Bring it on. The sooner, the better.


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