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Principles for meaningful change in British Politics

March 18, 2013 1 comment

grass-roots-headerMost people think that Politicians always lie and that they don’t have principles.

To achieve meaningful change for this Country, this perception must change. The sense of what is right and the sense of justice which inspired many Politicians into seeking Public Office, must no longer be compromised because of decisions made which are best for the individual concerned, or for the benefit of the Political Party to which they have become affiliated.

When I was first Elected on 2007, I was not alone in being horrified at how quickly it became apparent that decisions were made in Government on the pure basis of what was good for the Party, the Group Leaders, or was most likely to result in ‘good press’ or electability in the long run, before anything or anybody else was ever really considered.

Only sheer weight of numbers would ever result in any meaningful results which went against this non-democratic tsunami, primarily because many ‘junior’ Politicians do not want to risk disfavour or risk losing their Seats because they have been seen to disagree with the Party ‘line’.

This is not democracy in its correct sense and every voter is being failed at one point or another. The way that decisions are made in a proper democratic process is by majority, but the way that majorities usually get formed today is wrong, and this means that we are getting wronged the majority of the time.

People before Politics.

Every decision that Politicians make should be focused on the benefit to the majority of people; not the priorities of the few or of the Politicians themselves.

Practicality before Perfection.

We all like the idea of living in a perfect world, but perfection can only ever be an aim in an imperfect world and Politicians must make decisions based upon their practical impact; not just on what they would like to see.

Policies made in isolation lead to isolationist Policies.

Just as one policy may be used as an excuse not for enacting another, new policies should not be created without consideration of their real impact upon or collectively with others. Politicians now need to review the whole System and not use the size of this task as an excuse for not doing so.

Politics is better when it isn’t Personal.

Politics should never be about personalities and when it is, it is a sure sign that those talking are thinking primarily about themselves.

Fear is no excuse in itself.

Any policy made only with emotion and feeling in mind does not consider the wider picture and the full implications. Too many decisions have historically been made by Politicians because of a climate of fear. Over-reaction and under-reaction can be destructive in equal measure and however emotive a subject can be, emotions are personal and do not reflect consideration for what is best for the majority in its strictest and most comprehensive sense.

One size never fits all.

We are all different and policies must recognise and embrace those differences in all ways, but without recourse to any form of discrimination whether that be positive or negative.

Decisions affecting us all similarly should be made by Central Government, whilst decisions based upon Locality should rest in the Locality with Local People and their Political Representatives.

Central Government has as much responsibility to reflect, consider and act upon the decisions made by Local Representatives as it does have the right to ask others to respect the decisions which are made universally for us all.

Lifestyle choices should be for those living that life.

The preferences and actions of individuals should never be questioned or put in doubt so long as they do not compromise the physical safety, security, lifestyle and freedom of choice of others.

A crisis of conscience for one, is no excuse in itself to prevent the lifestyle choices of another and Government should never support it as such.

Job Sharing in Parliament and parachuting women into top jobs: Positive discrimination is little more than cronyism covered with a politically expedient wrapper and this is one time when recycling the packaging does no good for anyone other than the recycler

February 19, 2013 1 comment

Recent days have seen talk of job-sharing in Parliament by a Labour MP and the assisted elevation of women into ‘top table’ jobs by David Cameron, all on the basis that social groups should be equally represented at all levels of society.

One of the greatest faults of all who would change the mechanics of society by deliberate design, is their lack of ability to recognise that discrimination by any one person against another and of anything else, is based upon fear and a lack of understanding of other people, conditions, cultures or philosophies that they see as being different or unfamiliar to themselves.

Bias towards those who are perceived as different will often then amplify those feelings in others which are associated with that difference and can ultimately be even more damaging for those being helped if they cannot then demonstrate their ability to operate ‘on a level playing field ‘ in every other sense.

There is no question that every opportunity in business and public life should be open to all, irrespective of age, gender, impairment (mental as well as physical), race, religion and sexuality. But opportunity should be available to all without any form of discrimination whatsoever.

Discrimination is a two-edged sword and should not exist in any way. Even when positively applied to help overcome just one individual’s perceived barrier to entry, that simple act of bias may well result in the loss of opportunity for another who may in every other sense have more to offer beyond the label of disadvantage, that the individual being helped cannot actually offer.

There is no equality in the act of prioritising the apparent needs or requirements of one social group above the abilities or experience of those within another.

Positive discrimination of any type will always lead to a negative impact, which will usually be indiscriminate in nature. It is this ill-considered result that the libertarian and socialist agendas have never considered, and the one which leads to compromise of standards in every area of life for the sake of little more than political expediency for the few.

True equality is about the application of balance and fairness in all things for all people on a comprehensive and universal scale. When we have a mindset within our culture which values the contribution made by all, irrespective of the perceived differences between each of us, then we will have the foundation and basis of true equality of opportunity for all.

It doesn’t matter how many One Nation and Big Society ideas our politicians create to sell. Buying is not ‘being’, and until we all begin to live a different way and become a society which doesn’t judge by the boundaries of difference, no amount of positive help or interference will lead to the true changes that we need. Politicians not only need to recognise this; they also need to lead upon it so that we can all start ‘living’ it.

Positive discrimination is little more than cronyism covered in a politically expedient wrapper and this is one time when recycling the packaging does no good for anyone other than the recycler.

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