Month: October 2015
A message to politicians – You are not entitled to power. Only to service. Get it, or we will get rid of you!
Kings and Queens have power, the ruling class have power, the government and the corporate machine have power.
There is no longer a place for political or elitist control in a modern and liberal society. It’s over!
It is time for real democracy.
Democracy that means power to the people and the people ONLY!
The entire political class, landed gentry and Monarchy are no longer wanted or needed by the majority of citizens.
The sun is about to set on an age of Empire, Royal lineage and self-appointed, entitled elites.
A new dawn is breaking, and with it, a completely new way of doing things.
At what point have we as a modern nation-state, been given the choice as to whether we wish to continue with the idea, that those who would seek to put themselves in control of our lives, had any level of good judgement at all?
Or that they would hold our best interests at heart?
The Inmates have taken over the asylum and we have let it happen! We blindly agree to things being the way they are because it has ‘been that way for so long’. That’s all that ‘tradition’ and ‘custom’are. Nothing more than an established practice over time, regardless of the changing environment or atmosphere.
Well, I say “So what”? The current system is too corrupt, outdated and broken. This government, which is meant to serve the people, no longer fulfils and frankly, has never fulfilled that absolute democratic obligation.
Its time to remember that we are the rightful owners of our land.
Not this government, certainly not our ‘beloved’ (German) Royal family and not any Prime Minister or political party.
They are our servants! They are meant to work for us!
Their job is to enact the will of the people; our will. But instead, we have been lulled into accepting their decisions, made ‘on our behalf’, according to their limited and biased judgement. Decisions about critically important and controversial issues that affect our lives day after day.
We have handed to them, the power to create laws, to take actions that suit their own personal agendas and those of their benefactors or friends. In the current system, there is nothing we can do to stop them or change their minds.
The biggest lie of all that we fall for, is that because we get to vote, we therefore have some choice or control over our future.
Wrong! We have no choice or control. We are fed no more than a predetermined set of ‘options’, that fool us into thinking that we have influence over our futures but it is a huge red herring. Ordinary people have no control over their own destiny.
The recent election of Jeremy Corbyn and the ongoing negative reaction from the Parliamentary Labour party, show that no matter what ‘ideology’ we think we support, in the end, we are dealing with the same political class, no matter on which side of the house they sit.
Why do we still need a Parliament at all?
Parliament, and members representing the common people, was all good and well in the 12th century when most of the population had no integrated communication, or any way of getting their voices heard. Originally, an unofficial assembly that was initially set up by the monarchy as a way to guarantee tax payments as the costs of war grew, in return for the privilege of airing local grievances. Now, nearly 900 years later, and without an absolute monarchy and no written constitution, we are now stuck with a bunch of pompous bafoons in the Commons and the Lords acting out their ridiculous, anachronistic rituals and traditions.
The theatre of costumes and ridiculous customs, the pantomime of the ‘Queen’s speech’, the banging of sticks on doors, the pomp and ceremony, it’s as bizarre as any secret society or strange cult but we blindly accept this nonsense as dignified and proper. It is not proper at all. It is a grand delusion.
Titles, rituals, unwavering adherence to a creaky old system of governance is being clung to by the old musty aristocracy through the commons and the Lords. Yes, we ‘vote’ for our MP, but really, when it comes to it, members of Parliament, the Lords, and the royal family, Who are these people? Who do they think they are? And more importantly, why do they take it upon themselves to presume that they are so all-wise and wonderful that we should bend in reverence to their very presence and defer to their opinions and apparent knowledge?
This system is completely of touch with the life of ordinary people . Politicians and the titled peers like it this way and not without reason.
The elite seek power in order to maintain control.
The ruling class are not interested in service to ordinary people as they claim they are. They have never been, and have no intention, of ever doing what is right and good for the rest of us. Why should they? As far as they are concerned, all is as it should be. They have, we have not, and that the way it’s always been and always will be.
So how do they manage to keep this power? How do they maintain this unfair, entitled and unjust control over us? One reason and one reason only – We agree that it is the only way!!
That is it! Nothing more.
The governing class, the landed gentry, the Royal family, all the Lords and Ladies, Earls and viscounts, dukes and duchesses, corporate barons and the mega-rich, all rely on our agreement in order to exist!
If we want to take back our land, our property, our resources and our right to self-rule, then we have to show courage and belief that there is an alternative to what we have now and that this alternative will improve all our lives, by giving us real influence and real choice.
We need a new agreement!
‘This country belongs to the PEOPLE who dwell within it!
The people, and only the people, have the right to decide what, when, where and how anything happens, within OUR borders, with OUR resources and in our dealings with the International community!
We no longer need or want ideological ‘leadership’ or entitled and appointed aristocracy. What we do want, is our country run as we see fit, by competent and honourable men and women’.
We are all sick to the teeth and completely exasperated with the infantile arguments and jeering across an ornately decorated hall, as two sides battle each other and even themselves, for their own narrow opinions and ideas. This is not modern constructive debate. This is not an honest and objective method of establishing the will of the majority of the people, or making thought-out decisions about our country and its future.
We watch Prime Ministers question as we would watch our parents fighting over the kitchen table! It has become an embarrassment.
What we have now is a battle of wills and personal agendas and we know that there has to be a better way.
So, here is the absolute bombshell that, if we can allow a tiny chink in the impenetrable walls of our minds to let it in, can open the way towards a real change in how we create our own destiny. Here it is.
We no longer need Politicians or MPs! We don’t even need a Parliament! We now have the technology and interconnectedness to create a whole new way of running our country!
Instead of MPs, we install and create a new, interactive, multi-level and multi-dimensional system of electronic nomination, selection, healthy, constructive debate and deliberation, voting and monitoring.
I call this new system DYNAMIC DEMOCRACY.
This means no longer just deciding on those who we wish to represent our community and region every five years, but instead we ourselves, the entire adult nation, regularly and actively, nominate, deliberate, debate and vote on ALL matters of global, national and local importance.
In essence, our democracy becomes a living, rolling succession of referenda. We become our own representatives – our own Parliament!
More on the actual details of that later. First, there is one very important question to ask.
Why have we never sought an alternative to party politics?
To break out of our current thinking and conditioning, we need to ask ourselves why we have allowed a system that removes us from the decision-making process, to continue for so long?
Fear of the unknown and a sense of futility is what keeps us in line and obedient. I believe that we as a nation, are only apathetic about our democracy because, with such little leverage over what really happens, we have lost hope and we have lost interest.
Many people have just given up thinking about the issues and actually, politicians, the media and big business, are delighted by our indifference and non interest. They want us watching TV and staying concerned with voting not on important issues of the day, but instead, for some sad wannabe in a jungle or on a glitzy stage. Caught up in trivia, in separation, and in endless consumption. Occupied with meaningless information and dumbed down. Silent and conditioned to accept our lot without complaint.
They want us utterly distracted from the insane destruction of our environment, from Fracking, to destroying Sustainable energy sources. Distracted from the appalling inequality and suffering of so many ordinary people. Distracted from tax cuts and legal loopholes to huge corporations and the wealthiest few, while cutting and cutting again, every possible public service and system of support for the most vulnerable.
And of course they want us fearing and hating each other, because divided we are weak and united we are strong. So we are fed with stories of imminent danger, perpetual war and anxiety about our neighbours and community, so that weapons can be made, sold to brutal regimes and used in distant lands to mutilate and kill human beings, who’s screams and suffering we will never hear. All in our name and without our consent!
This engineered fear and the illusion of an impenetrable, complex, political system, is all designed to intimidate and confuse us. To keep us overwhelmed and believing that a proactive and inclusive system of self governance is much too much for us mere mortals to handle, without the divine governance of the chosen and enlightened few.
So we need to break out of this belief, this framework of thinking, this engineered and maintained paradigm of complexity and difficulty that makes our political class appear so qualified and venerable.
I have a basic belief around many of those who seek a political career. It is this – those who seek political office should always be treated with caution and skepticism. I would in fact, go so far as to say that anyone worthy of office should have to be persuaded, if not dragged, kicking and screaming into a position of leadership. We want to have ministers or department heads that are there because we want them there. Regardless of what party they belong to or even if they ever belong to a party at all. We want them there because firstly, we think they would be the most qualified person in the country available for the post. Secondly, because we believe they will serve the public, not their own personal agendas. And lastly, because we trust them as people, as thoughtful, considered and mature individuals, that care about us and about our future as a nation.
It’s not about starting a completely new civil administration. This is much more do-able than that.
I am not in any way advocating Anarchism or no system of governance. No, while in transition, we must have rule of law and we must have a working civil society. We will always need a civil service, welfare and education systems, defence, NHS and also of course, a justice system and protection of citizens, as well as a method of contribution and taxation that will fund the running of our country.
So we would keep Ministries, Committees and Departments as they exist presently and build and adjust their role and membership as change becomes apparent through a truly democratic process.
In short, we can keep everything that involves administration initially intact but, when it comes to who we choose to run those departments, what policy and decisions are taken, that will be up to us to decide, to monitor and to change. we no longer need the old worn out parliamentary and ideological party system that has been hijacked since its inception, to fulfil the needs of the few at the expense of the many.
So now, in the very spirit of this new agreement, I would like to lay out, in the most basic of terms, a way that this system could work, in the hope that those who read this, will examine it as an idea both critically and with an open mind. This is a beginning, a first draft, a point of reference from which to build a coherent, viable and just alternative, that can support us all as citizens, into becoming an inspired and dynamic democratic community!
All feedback to this idea is appreciated, all comments will be approved both for and against. Lets bash this out and forge a blade that can cut away the rot of a defunct system and create a future with hope, justice and vision!
We face a simple choice. Remain uninvolved, apathetic, too busy or stressed to bother and allow the destruction of our state and society or, choose to get involved, fully involved and put in the effort and time that it would take to create a future that brings prosperity and well-being to us all. This is our country, our nation! It needs us now, to save it from the insane destruction underway. We cannot let her down. The time for complaining and protesting is over. Now is the time for action.
“If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead. You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.
And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their own pride?
And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.
And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared”.
Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)
Phase One – Returning power to the people.
The only way that this new system can be implemented is by initially creating a new political party with the new ‘Dynamic Democracy’ paradigm as its core value and mission. This, alongside the agenda set out below, would form the party’s manifesto. A promise of real influence, real choice, created for the people, by the people and of the people. Once the party is elected to government, it would immediately initiate Phase Two with a view to permanently dissolve Parliament and the Lords and along with it, The majority of the apparatus of the Monarchy and land claimed by the aristocracy, returning the ownership of all crown land, crown property, rights on water, air, food cultivation, energy generation and resources to the people. The dissolution of all political parties, including Dynamic democracy as a party itself, over an 18-24 month period of transition.
Phase Two – Create and test the technological systems.
To run concurrently with phase One, This involves funding, designing, research, installation and testing of the information and technology infrastructure required, to facilitate the process of transition to a self-determining system of governance. A fully electronic nominating, debating and voting system, based in on-line websites, easy to use and understand by ALL members of the community both old and young. The system would have to prove itself to be transparent, totally secure and encoded, to ensure accurate and honest results. Once the system is functioning and well-tested, then we would move on to Phase Three.
Phase Three – A 3 month-long stage of nomination, deliberation, voting for and appointment of all new heads of national departments and ministries. This would include choosing of the leading teams and members of local councils assemblies and committees. These individuals will be nominated by the public regardless of their ‘political’ persuasions, or their involvement in politics at all! They will simply be the person of most merit and qualifications for the post in the eyes of the majority. Both Nationally and Locally as appropriate.
Phase Four – An 18 month-long initial intensive stage, involving monthly multiple referenda including presentations from all departments on future policy, approach, intention and budgets. Options and alternatives to then be debated, deliberated and voted on. In essence a national parliament with a one person one vote on all matters of importance and governance. This Phase would also involve the forming of a written constitution and the re-naming of our country with a title more suited to a modern democratic nation.
Phase Five – The final stage involving ongoing, quarterly, multiple referenda, on new issues arising in all areas. Monitoring and reports on progress of all departmental policies and initiatives underway. Adjusting policy as new circumstances arise and opportunity to recall and vote out existing heads and members based on performance, progress and behaviour.
In the initial phases, I estimate it would require up to 3 hours per week of all of our time and effort to get involved in nominating, debating and voting. Once the new system is in place at phase Five, that would reduce to about 3 hours per month.