If anyone was ever in any doubt as to the Tories’ loathing of democracy, then they need look no further than this latest conference or, indeed, previous conferences.
Speaker after speaker mounted the platform to address the conference, all of whom either syruped praise on their leadership or smeared their opponents.
Policies are never openly debated or voted upon at Tory Party conferences. The unspoken dictum is, as ever, “we speak and you will listen”.
The Conservative Party’s members have little or no say in how their party operates or how policies are decided. It is, for all intents and purposes, a dictatorship.
Is it any wonder why Tory governments act to crush democracy in this country when there is so little of it within their own party?
This conference also showed us how far into themselves the Tories have retreated since Jeremy Corbyn’s election to the Labour Party leadership, and the hundreds of thousands who have joined the party since his victory.
In contrast, the Conservatives are estimated to have less than 100,000 ageing members.
Source: Tory Party Conference 2015: Some Thoughts | Guy Debord’s Cat
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sure, and with labour we still ended up with a narcissist who lead us into international war, contributing to mass murder and an unstable middle east.
Clearly the problem is with politics itself. Cant you see its crazy for us to repeatedly keep voting into the two party split and expect it go ever improve ? Why dont we just go with direct democracy. Hopefully Scotland will implement some basic form of this, now that the people have had a taste of referendums. And maybe in a 100 years all democracies will be seen as backward and socially unstable, primarily because they swing between left and right wing for too long. Currently if we need a bit of right wing efficiency or left wing socialism, it appears we have to live with far too much of it for 5 years, and get the pleasure of many unintelligent power seeking leaders in the process !
And yes this includes labour also, just wrong in a different way. Disillusioned with politics in general but at least what we have now is better than the backward countries and is all part of a progression.
You dislike democracy? What would you put in its place?
Perhaps you’d like to know what Winston Churchill said about it: “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms of government that have been tried from time to time.”
Incidentally: “Right wing efficiency”? Where have you seen that, then?
I advocate direct democracy, which is in place in parts of switzerland and Sweden. The only reason it didnt work is we didnt have the tech to put reliable voting and the level of information required into everybodies homes. With the internet we can easily get rid of the need for politicians. There will still be lobbyists, but they all have to answer to direct voting. Politics attracts all the wrong types of people. Sorry on both left and right wing. Yes it attracts many great people, but unfortunately there is no way to really tell who is who until they are voted in. There can still be room for great political thinkers and activists in direct democracy however. They just wont be coming in like a gang to rule over us.
the tories are pretty good at figuring out how to make systems more efficient. By exposing everything to the spotlight of competition and excessive scrutiny inefficiencies are found. Fact is they turned around the economy very quick. Primarily because they made sure that they did what the IMF asked of them. Osborne sought to exceed that. Yes Osborne has gone OTT far too much at one time…but thats due to us having a left right wing system.
Direct democracy allows more of a constant stream of right and left wing mixture, and the mixture is a direct reflection of the people.
I put this up in the hope that other readers will respond to these suggestions in an appropriate way. Here are a few observations to get you started:
Obviously the claim that Tory privatisation/imposition of competition makes systems more efficient is complete nonsense – look at the English NHS.
And the claim about the economy is hilarious. It hasn’t been turned around at all. Osborne did nothing. It hit rock bottom and rebounded – that’s all. The deficit is still around £100 million a year, despite his promise to eliminate it by the election in May, and the national debt has more than doubled thanks to him.
He didn’t do what the IMF asked of him – there are plenty of news reports showing that he failed to follow IMF advice.