If you follow me on social media or read any of my many blogs, you’ll know that it’s rare I’m quiet for very long. So why was this (first and hopefully not last) post for BEA a day late?
It was because I wanted to write about politics, and suddenly, I dried up.
I couldn’t think of anything intelligent to say. I was running around the house, educating and looking after four children. Shopping, cooking, washing, tweeting, and struggling to string together more than a few words at a time. I couldn’t find a point of view. Which is odd, because, usually I’m full of it.
The problem I’ve got is I don’t have the answers. I look at what is going on in parliament at the moment, and it depresses and disgusts me. A parliament made up mainly of people with more money than they know what to do with, frantically grabbing at every extra penny they can, and taking houses, and money
from people with next to nothing.
It’s horrendous. The answer, apparently, is to never vote Tory.
There’s only one slight problem with that. I never have. In this representative democracy we have, I’ve never been represented. And I’ve been told by a past representative (hah!) that she saw her responsibility first and foremost to the party, as without them, she’d never have been elected.
Still feeling listened to?
Actually, there’s more than one problem with our democracy. I can’t ever vote Labour either. I trust them about as far as I can throw them on matters of individual privacy and, to be honest, the economy. And when it comes down to it, I can’t tell all that much difference between them and the conservatives. There were Labour MPs with their snouts in the expenses trough, and their attitude to family privacy and autonomy as seen over the home education legislation they tried to enact was quite plainly, awful.
So where does that leave me? It leaves me trying to work out what the alternative to our system is. We have a parliament so far removed from the reality of every day life, that they think it is reasonable and workable to remove money from the pockets of ordinary people, but do nothing about corporations minimising their tax bills left right and centre. We have an opposition that thought it acceptable to introduce legislation that would effectively have done away with parliament. We have an electorate largely disenfranchised who can’t be bothered to turn out to vote because let’s face it, it doesn’t seem to make much difference. The government is run by the media anyway isn’t it?
So what can we do? In between the ordinary acts of earning a living, living and occasionally sleeping, which quite honestly seems to absorb more energy than I have and more hours than there are in a day at times. Is there anything that we can do to make a real difference to our lives and the future?
Answers on a postcard please. Or if it’s easier, in a comments box.