The shenanigans occurring in the mother of all parliaments would seem to be testament to a concerted effort to destroy it from within. Those that only support the democratic process when it suits them will have a lot to answer for.
However, and in a sense, it’s been coming for a while. We have become used to personal agendas and party imperatives trumping the country’s needs, which is the principle reason that governments of all shades never properly deal with anything. The Conservative Party, which is largely bought and paid for by big business, and Labour, with trade union money, are both similarly calling the shots, and are more concerned with their electoral successes than anything else.
The mantra is: don’t do what’s right, do what’s best for us.
The large parties have been overly concerned with their own fortunes for far too long yet, because of our voting system, continually get elected on a ratio of about 2-3 to 1 in favour of the Conservatives. Both parties seem quite happy with this arrangement.
Because of the voting system, this situation is virtually impossible to change. The smaller parties are, by their very nature, extreme. Greens or flaccid Lib Dems, or single-issue SNP and UKIP, are driven to ever more outlandish positions to attract the dregs of support left over. That something should change has been evident for a while, but the problem has always been how to achieve this change.
It now looks as if our elected members are going to precipitate that change themselves, and there is only one group, yet not a group, of potential replacements that can fill this void and create a better and more representative and responsive parliament.
The inability of parties to do the right thing may now herald the rise of the independents.
Independents are less prone to corruption, bribery, or pressure. What a different place Parliament would be with 50 -100 independent MPs not beholden to party bribes; it would make a change to have true thinkers in this place, not wholly interested in their own careers. Parties would still form governments and all that ‘working together’, that everyone likes to go on about, might actually happen. It’s only a short hop from there to voting reform and a truly representative parliament.
With such a proportion of independents, governments would never again have an overall majority. This is a very good thing, because it will take their focus away from permanent electioneering to addressing the national issues. It will temper the more ludicrous tinkering, of which ministers are so fond, because any government will need the support of the independents to pass legislation, not as a block or as a party, but from each individual and independently minded member.
In this election you really do have a choice. I am your independent candidate. I am conservative by nature, in that I believe in encouraging aspiration, personal freedoms and personal responsibility. A thriving economy makes everyone better off and allows for continued support to those who need it.
I cannot be a party apparatchik or a political android. I will vote for and propose measures I believe in and which have the support of this constituency. I will not support measures simply to climb the next rung on the career ladder because, for me, there is no ladder.
That’s what being independent means, and it is a way to change our governance for the better and for the years to come.