It has been suggested that a political association is formed in my area. It would comprise a group of people united in an organisation because of their common interests.
But what are those ‘common interests’ beyond the crude title of ‘political’?
Most people are, and have been, quite happy to let the politicians get on with their work, either taking no interest in politics, not voting or both. Since the expenses scandal of 2009 the flag has gone up in people’s minds that there is a political class that are corrupt and self-serving.
We had an MP who was ordered to pay back thousands of pounds in falsely claimed expenses. Here, in a relatively deprived area of Great Britain, was someone who was trusted as our MP. He was provided a good wage with an expense account with which to serve and represent the public and yet he milked the system. That situation was being repeated all over the country.
At elections we can pick the lesser of a number of evils. If one doesn’t vote for the two dominant parties ignoring the fear of letting the ‘other side’ in then there is always the lame duck Liberal Democrats with their disingenuous promises.
As the EU speeds up its progress to ‘ever closer union’ we have started to notice things going wrong. PFIs in the NHS have been a disaster for our health service and caused by the EU limits on public spending. These forced the NHS into borrowing from the private sector and gradual privatisation followed. The Postal Service Directive in a sly move to ‘open up services to market liberalisation’ meant that the Royal Mail was ground down and eventually sold off for less than its worth.
HS2, MOD procurement – there are many examples.
The most disappointing part was that our politicians were zealous in following the EU’s orders. They were deceitful about the why. Now we realise that the great majority were in collusion with the EU, giving away our sovereignty and undermining our society, way of life, our laws and the very democracy that our great nation is based on.
These events have profoundly affected the voting public.
The inability to manage our country, represent us and be accountable to us is not only seen as a national government disgrace but also as a local government one too.
So when we talk of ‘common interests’ we refer to an underlying dissatisfaction with British politics, a disenfranchisement, a rejection of our subjugation by the EU and particularly an overbearing feeling of frustration which has pushed many into political apathy.
‘Common interest’ can equate to a desire to make change, to evict these corrupt parties and ensure they do not have the power to cause any more damage to our precious country and identity.
Hope rallied voters with the outcome of the referendum and many who had been persuaded and frightened into voting Remain had subsequently felt relieved, with a “So let’s get on with it” attitude.
The Brexit pantomime has added to a growing confirmation that our politics are in need of change.
There are however two details which create a challenge to our efforts. One is the main stream media and the other the lack of cohesion between the various parties and groups acting for change.
Let us deal with the latter first.
Perhaps it is a natural characteristic in politics that one must stay loyal to a particular tribe. This is why it is important to reduce down to the lowest denominator of political power, the individual voter.
The nearer a democracy is to the individual voter the greater the strength of that democracy.
Having got to that point then we must surely build to a position of agreement and common political interest by association.
Reason must prevail. Our laws are based on reason. When one sees society falling apart and our laws abused it is perfectly reasonable to question why the political status quo is not working.
We now have the three main parties in UK politics challenging the will of the people. How can that be right? The main media in the UK is supporting this injustice and participating in the propaganda.
People are, consequently, ignorant of the detail and the evidence. It is our duty to inform them. This is not simple, as we know. What is needed is a concerted effort. Even the groups that recognise the basic problems, cannot, for whatever reason, work together. It is therefore essential that individuals take action by forming associations.
But, surely, alternative parties must survive to be our future and our political salvation? The only restriction to an association need be the LibLabCon Party, they are the elephants and the traitors.
But as a local communities we can do much, furthering our basic needs by restoring ownership through associations.
Fund raising can be local and funds available for local use. Focus on issues and concerns, whether they be national or local, that affect us and our lives, our values and our future. Information can be disseminated in a concerted way, bypassing the MSM. A membership of diverse people with a ‘common interest’. Members of an association. Working together to rebuild that which has been spoilt.
Before any decision is made on this suggestion consider my three main reasons for the forming of an association.
Localism, cohesion and funding. They are good reasons for associations, but there are more. They would avoid tribalism and encourage inclusiveness, giving us a better chance of success. But there has to be some selectivity in purpose to eliminate the cause of the crisis and instil values, such as patriotism and social responsibility.
The association as suggested here is one for locals, by locals, to fund raise, inform, support and give alternatives to the status quo on a range of issues both local and national. Let us break down those walls and breathe again.
That is my argument to support such an arrangement.