Why British politics is failing the people

10 Mar 2015

With a General Election looming, the politics of the day has returned to its rightful place in Britain. The mainstream parties are out in force targeting the marginal seats and failing to engage with the population from far and wide. Such a contradiction from what happened last September in Scotland.


Throughout the build up to the referendum, everyone was engage from “Broken Britain families”, “Hard Working Families” as the current distasteful rhetoric goes within the House, and of course the “Champion Elite”. Everyone was energised and ready to engage in a life changing debate. Most of all, everyone felt they had a stake in society with their vote. However, its back to business as usual “DIVIDE AND CONQUER”, springs to mind when describing a Westminster election.


Current election rhetoric taking the form of, “if you vote SNP you get Tory” or “if you vote UKIP you get Labour”. As the tactics are deployed to vote down another party, it all becomes very confusing and politicians wonder why the general public are disengaged with politics.  With that in mind, I’m not sure either Dave or Ed know who to vote for on the 7th of May. After all, neither understand the concept of basic communication, and struggle with their ability to answer a question with a direct answer.


The idea of tactical voting seems to be the norm at the moment, which defeats the purpose of voting in the first place. Voting is meant to be about voting for a person who you feel will represent the best interests of you and your constituency in the chamber, but the media focuses so much on the leadership. It feels as though we are not voting for our MP anymore, much more like for our Prime Minister.


The media and both of the main parties agree it will either be Cameron or Miliband in office come May 7th, but the media draw little attention to the idea that, the Greens, UKIP or the Liberals could form a Government; highly unlikely but it’s still a possibility. A two party system, this sounds like the “Home of Democracy” all right.


In taking this approach in politics, the public become disillusioned and unable to tell the difference, after all, it doesn’t matter what way you vote, the end result will be the same, an Oxford Graduate who studied PPE who represents about 2% of the country’s population. They seem to debate the idea of re-engagement but never take any serious action on the matter.


People who are best fit to represent people of diverse backgrounds are those who have lived within such communities themselves, not someone who can only imagine what it’s like to live through such hardship. British politics has so much potential, yet, the current system of elitism seems to prevail with the backing of 20 or so million votes each General Election.

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