It seems that every other day I hear someone express their sadness at the general state of the world in which we live. That sadness used often to manifest itself in angry rhetoric but since it has become blatantly clear that nobody is interested in the views of the masses, this frustration it seems to me, has turned into plain despair and a feeling of disenfranchisement. Lets remove the gloves for once and ‘tell it like it is’. I’m convinced that the majority of people in Britain are sick and tired at the lack of genuine and effective law to protect the innocent citizen against crime, or that we appear to have arrived at the 21st century with a glaringly disgusting lack of respect for our older citizens. Pensions, for example, are damningly inadequate and would be laughable if they weren’t so tragic. I find it remarkable that our society would appear to have no genuine arena in which to change anything which is so obviously blatantly wrong with our society. All too often we are told that change can only come about via the ballot box: well, not any more.
Ted Heath was a true blue Conservative leader. Harold Wilson was a true red Labour leader. Jeremy Thorpe was a true amber Liberal leader. Today politics has been diluted to such a degree that no matter what party were to win the next general election we are likely to continue living with the same bland indistinguishable policies delivered by the same boring grey faced sycophantic unknowns and all because the ‘middle ground’ is where they all want to be: the safe place to be.
Remember, you always get what you vote for. I have always believed in the freedoms and justice of a democratic society and it is because I believe in democracy so much that the current definition of the democratic process in Britain today leaves me feeling empty. Is it any wonder that this sadness and emptiness ensures that the voting turnout in Britain at the time of any election is so often low. A genuine reflection of the apathy which has grown out of frustration. In Australia voting is compulsory if only to ‘ruin’ the ballot paper yet this has always smacked of political desperation to me. Surely politics, by its very nature, must engender some passion within the electorate otherwise, what is the point?