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Tuesday 31 July 2012

Political leaning

So I've been at this whole 'blog' thing for a whole week now without a single unintentional day off - totally meant to take Sunday off. That's more committed to something than I've ever been about anything!
Feel honoured.
Not even joking Dudes and Dudettes. Feel it.

We may continue.
"It's a wonderful thing, every two years we drive to a fire station and overthrow the government, and there isn't a policeman in the street."
That was a quote by Will Macavoy from episode three of The Newsroom. It's a fairly accurate testament to the potential power of democracy, it’s just a shame that it rarely lives up to its promise.
The problem with a presidential election or a parliamentary election is that you have to choose between two people that you don't necessarily like. And honestly; I don't.

At the moment we in England have the choice of two people - Liberal Democrats don't count anymore, you can't have your whole campaign be about not raising tuition fees and then join a coalition that triples tuition fees without a fight, it makes you untrustworthy - who are completely out of touch with the reality of living in their country.
The problem with democracy in England at the moment is that there's nobody I want to get into power, but that's not their fault- beyond their inability to grasp what the people want. The problem lies with us for becoming disinterested with the political system. People in England don't aspire to Prime Minister or Ministers of Parliament.
We don't have a range of people from all different walks of life to choose from, we just have a Conservative leader who went to Oxford and studied economics - despite which we find ourselves in a second recession - and a Labour leader who went to oxford and studied economics.
Yes they went on to do different things after university, one became a journalist and then a Labour researcher and then an advisor to prominent Labour members, the other became a conservative researcher and then an adviser to conservative MPs. I mean it's totally different after leaving education, right?
No. Not right. Their careers have been so similar that I see no point in voting for one over the other. Neither have ever lived in the real world, they don't understand what their constituents want, and even when they miraculously say something close to what people have in mind they don't realise and scrap that piece of information as soon as they're office.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't want an idiot in the office, I don't want to vote for someone like me, someone I think I can get a drink with. I want to vote for an Oxford educated economist, but I want to vote for one who understands that not everyone has a trust fund they can dip into when we have a poor economy.
I want someone that cares more about fixing the economy than paying off our debt - yes we need to continue to make payments, but I'd rather we make the minimum possible payments until our economy has recovered, do that and people won't care you're taking an extra 1% because they'll be earning an extra 10%.

Plus, on a totally superficial side, Ed Milliband looks like a moron that walked in and nobody realised that he wasn't his brother until it was too late, and David Cameron looks like he's just waiting for the economy to fix itself ("that's how money works right? I wait and daddy gives it to me... right?")

Point is; I want to be political, but they make it bloody hard.Tubage of my favourite politicians
- James

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