I’ve written a number of blogs that discuss the need for political change and the reality that we need a completely new, inclusive and all-issue-facing political party or movement to achieve this.
The challenge we face together is that too many of the people who feel passionate about that change believe that the next steps are all about dealing with politicians the way they themselves see politics to be, rather than taking all the steps necessary to tackle politics and the politicians we have the way that they really are.
We must be open to the ideas and efforts of others, whilst working collectively to channel and focus them all constructively so that we all approach the problems we face in the same way.
With this in mind, I have been very open to the idea of joining and supporting the work being done to establish a political alternative by others, and I recently responded to a call to action from someone with a public profile, who is trying to use their platform in a way they see as being beneficial to everyone.
With the experience and knowledge I have of politics, campaigning, activism and the workings of government itself, I quickly became aware that many of the others looking to become involved do indeed want change, but they want that change to materialise by staying within the safety of their own comfort zone – sadly an approach that will not help anyone.
Regrettably, it is simply the case that tackling problems of the magnitude that we now face will not be achieved if everyone with a platform or an audience of some kind keeps demanding that everyone else has to do things their way, rather than doing them the way that will engage others and build a narrative that others will be committed to – because its something that they relate to and understand.
I felt it was right to lay out my stall. Below is a generic de-personalised and appropriately edited version of the e-mail that I circulated to the number of people who were given my contact details online:
It’s great to be in touch with anyone who is fed up, frustrated and angry about what our politicians have done and are still doing.
What is clear, from looking at the messages that are circulating out there on social media, and from the approaches taken by the alternative political movement that are springing up, is that there are a lot of us and our numbers are rapidly growing. But, we are on different trajectories with our thinking, and probably what we want to get out of working with others, or what we believe we can achieve out of it too.
This would be absolutely fine if we were all only motivated by trying to create some kind of social network where we all have some kind of common cause.
Instead, we find ourselves facing a national crisis where a Government filled with politicians who really aren’t fit to represent themselves, let alone anyone else, have responded to the emergence of a nasty virus by forcing solutions on us all that deal with how things could be, rather than how they really are. All of this – and there’s no quick way for any of these politicians to be removed!
Clearly, we are all really happy that more and more people are at least beginning to talk about the things that are wrong. Yet with the different ideas we all have right now, the problem that we face together is rather like the scenarios of the Marvel Films ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’, where Dr Strange foresaw 14,000,605 outcomes for how the future could unfold, yet in only one of the possibilities would the Avengers actually win the war.
Right now, the need for change that we all see is different. Some of us see change being about stopping Lockdowns. Others believe change is about getting rid of masks and social distancing. There are many others who have concerns about the vaccines and use of vaccine passports too.
Of those people, many think that because they see all these things as being wrong, that somehow, perhaps through protests in London and attacks through social media, there will be a change of mind at the heart of Government, and in the thoughts of the people we see wearing masks and pushing the Government agenda back at us each and every day.
Regrettably, this will not be the case.
The opportunity that we have to change things is based on everyone working together. It will not lead to the result that we really do need from this, if we all keep focusing on our own views and experience of the past 18 months and keep pushing for the 14,000,604+ scenarios, rather than working together to get our response right from the start and deliver the winning 1.
It is important to understand that other people will not change their view of Covid or stop wearing masks because they are ridiculed, continually told they are wrong or even if the uncorrupted science is fully explained to them.
People who have been deliberately terrified by the Government need other people like you and I to give them confidence to fill the gap between what they were told by politicians they should have been able to trust and what we have all known to be the truth all along.
You might be surprised to learn that the number of people ‘against’ us, is much smaller than thought. A great many of the people you might see wearing masks and doing whatever the Government tells them are just law-abiding citizens, doing what they believe necessary and right, in the same way as none of us want to voluntarily pay tax, but inevitably do.
So, the job to be done, might not actually be as big for us all as it could be. But with a great proportion of the people that we need to see something new differently and as being credible in the way that will make enough of them want to go out and vote, it does mean that we MUST get everything, absolutely right.
This means tackling the issues that affect everyone, every day, and not just anything or everything to do with Covid – because focusing only on the few issues we feel important right now is not the way to reach everyone that we need to.
What won’t work for anyone in any good way now, is for the conversation, dialogue and brain storming that needs to happen – and that we are on the verge of starting or making even bigger – to be kept shut away and hidden behind closed doors.
We MUST take the risk of engaging with people who have very different perspectives to our own and have enough faith in the same people we would otherwise happily drink with, shop with, visit landmarks with and share our communities with, that they have something important to say about all of this too.
By tackling all the issues that this political class has either spent decades running away from or glossing over with our money that they have willingly overspent, we will be successful in identifying the common ground that we all need for the future and success of our whole Country. Above all else is, this is the roadmap to being successful in bringing everyone together to make life better for all of us too.
I will not be offended if I never hear a word from you and you simply ignore this blog. It is simply the case that the aim of delivering something better for everyone – including fixing the disaster which is this Government’s approach to Covid has and is proving to be – can only be achieved if we really get to grips with the need to work together and then do so positively and proactively as one.
The opportunity of working with others to tackle the problems that those currently in our political system have created can only be addressed by creating A New Party For All. Building a movement that we all want to be a part of over the coming months. So, at the time the opportunity to change all this comes – which regrettably will be at the next General Election – we have the right people ready to run as Candidates in every Parliamentary Constituency, have done all the work necessary and have the support network in place throughout all of our communities, to ensure that the majority of voters in this Country do not see there being any other credible choice.
We have the choice to start work today, so that we can have the change we need tomorrow.
Change will not come before. And it will be a disaster for us all if we get to the next General Election, go to our Polling Station and find that Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, none of the above and any of the other Parties that have been set up to follow particular agendas or the aims and ambitions of the people who lead them are all that we have for a so-called democratic choice.
Please do read this Blog I wrote back in May HERE, or share and start following the social media @ANewPartyForAll – which could be used to provide the foundation of what we need.
If you would like to understand better what we really need from politicians, please visit www.howtogetelected.wordpress.com and read the list of pages on the right from top to bottom, all the way through.
Whatever you do, I wish you all well with your campaigns, and hope that we will have the opportunity to meet soon.