Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Monday, 7 January 2013

Cameron to stay until 2020!

David Cameron’s announcement at the weekend that he wants to stay Prime Minister until 2020 was probably more a veiled message to UKIP and its supporters that ‘if you think I am going to change my mind on Europe or disappear before the next election – you are mistaken’. This of course leaves the ex Tory supporters, who intend to support UKIP, in something of a quandary as they will be aware that by voting UKIP – they will, almost certainly, put Labour into office after the next General Election.

Having watched ‘The Iron Lady’ on Sunday [for the first time], it is difficult not to be struck by how Blair, Brown and now Cameron have wanted to take on the role of determined and resolute leader in the cause of ‘much needed reforms’. If the film is to have any impact, surely it should be that any reforms have to be with the agreement of the people [democracy is after all defined as ‘the will of the people’] and not regardless of public opinion.

If any warning were needed, beyond the danger of creating deep and lasting damage to the nation as Thatcher’s ‘free market’ policies have, there is the very real likelihood of long-term anguish and dislike, once out of office, as a result of forcing unwanted policies on the people – this clearly was the case for Thatcher and seems to have been the case for Blair and probably Brown. The lesson is that a reforming policy is likely to be a mistake if it does not have the general support of the people.

The temptation for a newly elected Prime Minister, particularly if their party has been out of office for some time, is to force through what they believe to be ‘necessary reforms’ – often reversing the policies of the previous administration. Since it is possible that the next election will not be won – great haste appears an imperative. Unfortunately, as we are seeing presently, this is very likely to result in poorly thought through legislation being passed.

This zigzagging of overall policy is harmful to the nation – because it creates bad laws – disregarding the cost of regularly enacting policies that are soon to be repealed. Far better to have an arbiter to approve any new laws that are to be passed – and the only group with the ultimate right to perform this role is the people themselves. Some form of Direct Democracy is becoming essential if the UK is to find its way through the current difficult and dangerous time in our history.

See also: There is no way back for representative democracy in its present form.

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