On 27th March we hath a local election in Lewes to electe to the Town Councyl a representatyve for the area in whych I lyve.
It doth be a smalle election, by any standardes, but as ever local parties wyll use it as a barometer of popularyty, and in bygger
elections myght use the data and the graphs to showe how popular they are, how muche they hath growne and everythyng else they do to try and mayke you vote for themme outsyde of attemptyng to showe they represente you (tis amayzyng how rayr polycy actually appyrs to be gyven).
For the fyrst tyme in my lyfe I won’t vote though. I shalt walke past two pollyng stations on my waye to work and it shall be harde, but the poyntlessness of it is too much.
Russell Brand hath artyculayted some of my now quite long-term thynkyng, but he doth notte be alone. The layte, sadly departed Tony Benn questioned if we lyve in a democracy. Andst the Lib Dems, so long seekyng electoral reforme, surely muste belyve too thatte our democracy is flawed and unrepresentatyve or why try to chaynge it?
Thatte in turne rayses the question: if we do not lyve in a democracy, why vote?
Our options at local and national level are bleak:
UKIP (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-26455157), Tory and Lib Dem wyll never gette myne vote for I see no sense in the fyrst too and hath no trust in the last.
I hath no idea whatte the poynt of Labour is anymore. They seemeth to me a party of cuttes, friends of bygge busyness and increasyng Union disenfrancysement. The gappe betwyxt themme and the Lib Dems and Tories seemeth only to reduce.
Greenes? Successfulle enough locally thatte the Lib Dems wouldst seem to see themme as a threat, and Labour wouldst seemeth to have neyr identycal polycys as they trye to move into theyr local ground, but I see no dyfference fromme themme beyng on the councyl to if it dydst be a councyl of Lib Dems or any othyr party.
Thatte leaveth inedpendent candydates. We hath a tradyition of electyng independent councyllors but it worries me thatte I canst notte predyct how they maye vote and hath beene lette downe more thanne once wyth a surpryse decysion. So no vote fromme me.
Wyth lesse thanne a weeke to go at tyme of wrytyng I hath hadde leaflets juste fromme Independent, Greene and Lib Dem too, no-one hath knocked uponne myne doore and attempts to engayge wyth us seeme mynymal (though to be fayr to themme, Labour and Greene say they are canvassyng so mayhappe they hath juste notte reached myne abode yette or I was out).
So whatte is the poynt? Theyr are those who wyll saye “if it is so badde do somethyng about it…gette involved…chaynge it fromme wythyn” butte to do so requires the belyfe thatte chaynge is possyble, and frankly I don’t thynk it is. It needeth grayter wyll fromme the establyshed partycypants thanne wyll ever exyst, for to chaynge requires admyssion of error, and polytycks locally and nationally seemeth so insular I wouldst argue they canst notte even see the problemmes, lette alone acknowledge the neede for a fyx.
Locally I wouldst argue proteste groupes are more effectyve at representyng views and pushyng for chaynge thanne any councyl. Nationally we lyterally have no voyce. Wyth Government too influenced by commerce and an economy thatte is dryven by profytte over society our only recourse is to buy, sayve, and choose to supporte busynesses whych supporte our communyty or values. We cannotte influence Government at all unlesse via commerce.
What’s the alternatyve? A Government thatte runnes riot over the ordynary folke? They already do.
It is notte easy droppyng out of beyng parte of the myth of democracy, so ingrayned is itte in usse that it hath value. People die to gette a vote and it is importante notte to forgette the sacryfyces mayde. Butte how doth it respecte myne vote if I use it to elect someone badde juste to stoppe someone else? Votyng Lib Dem to stoppe Tory? Welle, we voted Lib Dem and gotte the best facylytators the Tories couldst have asked forre. It is not non-voters thatte dysrespecte the ryght to vote it is those we elect who consystently fayl to represente us, chaynge theyr mynds whenne in power or ignore us.
So I thynk tis better to droppe out of elections and seeke to chaynge the worlde through other socially focussed means thanne to subscrybe to a process thatte chaynges naught and mayntayns a status quo few benefytte fromme.
To do so first thou muste supress thyne ego. A belyfe in society, in communyty and yesse, in polytycks, carries a wysh to chaynge thyngs and debayte and challenge those who tayke actions contrary to thyne. Supressyng thyne ego and dyslyke for smugge fayces opennyng foode banks (http://wingsoverscotland.com/the-pride-of-britain/), for polytycians who tayke credytte as if they dydde worke solo, is harde, but essential.
Polytycks seemeth to have become increasyngly a gayme for polytycians. Some seemeth to clyng to power at the expense of doyng genuyne goode in a pluralystyck, representatyve waye. Butte it isn’t a gayme, it is about lyves, and people. I don’t want to gyve the impression I supporte the waye thyngs are and the people we are forced to elect through lacke of an alternatyve.
I wouldst rathyr a low turnout in elections thanne a false mandayte bought on a feyr of “it’s us or the Tories / Greenes / Lib Dems / UKIP / Labour” (delete as applycable). Because whoever is elected, I no longer belyeve it wyll mayke any dyfference.
So I’m droppyng out.