Richard North in his excellent blog today calls for a chartist movement outside of the outmoded and useless party system. Click on link to read it and sign up for Richard's meeting. Like me Richard sees we can never hope to change things using party politics. Witterings of Witney, click on link to read summarises it beautifully
It is all very well campaigning for the laudable aim that those who govern us should be able to be 'hired and fired' by the electorate - but what is the point of exchanging one set of 'central controlists' for another; in other words what is the difference between a collection of dictators who cannot be hired and fired and the alternative who can? We still end up with dictators.
The fact all present appeared to accept that continuation of representative democracy was the only form of democracy available and was therefore a 'given' was depressing in the extreme, likewise the failure of those calling for a referendum who appeared to have committed the political sin of not thinking through that which they propose.
Included in the all present was Bannerman. Nuff said.
We don't have any choice. Those at the top in the Tory party are interchangeable with those at the top in the Labour party. Richard North's suggestion at least offers the chance to break the lock the party system has on our country. Note all UK parties are committed to supporting the EU even EUKIP!
This is why when I stood for the UKIP SW slate I stated I wanted to see the UK run like Switzerland where there is no political class or boy politicians but there is frequent and binding referendums on any government proposals affecting any aspect of Swiss citizen's lives.
But our system has served us so well for so many years comes the cry. Well it has certainly served the political class brilliantly and kept them in power since Cromwell. But what of the ordianry people? Which is the best run and wealthiest country in Europe? Switzerland! Which country has avoided wars for 300 years? Switzerland! That is what I want for the UK. Let us get rid of Lords and ladies, Queens and princes, MPs and MEPs. Switzerland has shown you don't need them to run a modern democracy.