Is the cost and burden of our ruling Establishment and EU membership too high? Or could we happily stand more tax, more bureaucracy, more interference in our lives, more mistakes or follies and more lost opportunities to make this country a better place for everyone? Should our reaction be polite indifference, even when the most vulnerable in our society are affected?
There are so many examples of the human cost of follies and failures by politicians and their acolytes; where to start? Pensioners, pension raids; the poor, high energy costs; the sick, NHS failings; vulnerable girls and young women, blind eye turned to their rape filled plight in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford etc. Too often there also seems to be a deafening silence in parts of the media. And so the human cost continues.
This is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, because the impact of our government, EU legislation and ruling Establishment is so far-reaching and undemocratic in our country. Sadly for us, along with their tentacles often comes burdens and collateral damage, which sometimes are not that visually striking. Our current Big Government is unaffordable and our ability to fund it is deteriorating; only massive borrowing is concealing the true situation. In a competitive world we are rapidly becoming a low wage, poor productivity, heavily indebted economy with increasing social immobility.
We appear close to the limit of what our current political system and ruling Establishment can deliver (on their own) in terms of government or public sector performance (service standards and efficacy with our money) and democratic accountability. Shuffling a remote Establishment once every five years then, based on past performance, merely provides tinkering around the edges of what can be improved and financial expenditure reduced, and can also make matters worse.
Missing is us, good, honest, hard-working citizens, and the realisation by the ruling Establishment, that they need us, the people to help them, just as we need them to work for us. It is nonsensical to believe that a government, public sector and politicians can go it alone – their insular, hierarchical, insincere attitudes to us and out of touch focus don’t work very well. We cannot be kept at arms’ length, bystanders or consumers to be ignored most of the time and treated as gullible inferiors with an infinite tolerance of intrigue, artificiality, evasion, concealment, dishonesty, poor performance, taxation, bureaucracy and meddling in our lives. They need to listen to us, work with us and create opportunities to use our collective brains; a new dispensation of the People, by the People, for the People. Only UKIP, the strong grass roots party, understands this and truly wants change.
A new democratic dispensation would need changes, in particular: the balance between what we do ourselves and what The State thinks it should do for us; the accuracy and transparency of knowledge about how government is performing and about our capabilities; and the aspirations about what can be achieved. Greater engagement with us would help to facilitate these changes and get them on a more productive, less wasteful path.
There are so many examples of where collaboration and maximising collective brainpower has led to better results that is hard to know where to start; Japanese quality and productivity revolution, development of the Spitfire, Gilbert and Sullivan are my personal favourites. In the Internet Age and knowledge economy this is the exciting future; a multitude of value-adding egalitarian collaborations across business, society and government.
Our politicians could start with a new Magna Carta (or Bill of Rights) to protect us from their abuses, create a new partnership paradigm with us and set honourable standards for them to work to. Then there is the right of recall (or dismissal) by electors, especially when any politician fails to live up to these standards. There is also the electorate having a fairer more representative voting system and the right to referenda on important issues, and the return of sovereignty to Parliament from the EU.
The current knowledge and communications revolution makes practicable a different, more honest, participative and collaborative form of democracy and government. Our present form of unrepresentative, unaccountable EU dominated ‘democracy’ makes it essential.