Friday, 14 October 2011

Engagement with Politics

I have heard many complaints from many different people about the nature of politics, mainly there is virtually no difference between the main political parties in terms of policy. The Conservatives, Labour, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Greens, all of them tend to a view of authoritarian social democracy.

And they're right. There isn't that much difference. Oh, sure, the Tories are cutting £1billion a year more than Labour would've, but it's less than 1% of the deficit. A tiny difference. The Liberal Democrats secured the abolition of ID cards, but the anti-terror laws still remain. You can still be convicted without a jury.

The only thing that has changed if the colour of tie that the social democrats are wearing. Labour tribalists now bay and hoot measures which are alarmingly close to ones passed by the previous Government, but they were waived through without so much as a whimper. The Coalition still trumpet 'public spending and investment' which they derided as waste while in opposition.

Our democracy is truly in a sorry state.

However, the people that complain do just that. Complain. And I have to admit, I'm guilty of it too. This blog mainly consists of rants against things I disagree with. Why don't we stop complaining, and actually get up off our arses, and do something about it?