Does Politics Need A Revolutionary Evolution?

Houses of Parliament
Do the Houses of Parliament and those who lie within need a bit of a shake-up? Photo: Alex Loach

I always cringe when I hear that Russel Brand will be appearing on a Politics show. Why? Because his command of the English Dictionary is impressive, on the surface anyway, yet his oration is somewhat poor. It’s so frustrating to watch him utter such wonderfully rare words yet when he’s trying to put his message across to the public, it gets lost amongst the fast-paced tosh that gets spouted out.

I mean it sounds impressive, like he knows what he’s talking about. But what does he actually mean and does what he say make sense?

I always listen to the interviews he does carefully and it’s almost as though the same lines are rehearsed; much like he would do as an actor. There’s no spontaneity there. And I actually think that he is either lacking ideas and therefore needs to prolong what he’s saying or he has a obsessive need to articulate the dictionary to us all.

There is no need to do it though. As was once said about public speaking, “less really is more”. What he says can be condensed into one phrase that we all understand yet he chooses to repeat the same dressed-up tripe throughout the interview and it gets tiring and you know what, he sounds just like the current batch of politicians.

The same politicians who answer the question they wanted to be asked. The same politicians who are out of touch with what the normal person wants. The same politicians who are currently making vital decisions, which affect us all, yet don’t have any experience in the areas they are ruling over.

The latest expenses revelations about MPs claiming for the cost of energy in their second homes comes as little surprise but it highlights just how different we are from what the current system makes our politicians to be.

Too many of our politicians have been to private schools and studies at Oxbridge and now make decisions for people whom they have never experienced the lifestyle of. Just to be clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with going to a private school (I have done myself) and being intelligent enough to go to Oxbridge. That’s fantastic if you are. But when politics almost becomes a career for the elite, then there are problems.

Russel Brand was right when he said that people were disenchanted with politics. It’s plain to see. The first thing you hear when you mention politicians to the public is, “they’re all as bad as each other. They’re liars!”

There is a solution though: a revolutionary evolution in the way our politics works. That means retaining democracy, retaining the way we elect and retaining the structure of parliament. However we need a radical overhaul of our politicians and their attitudes.

I timidly use the word “revolution” as I envisage Russel Brand-caused anarchy stretching across the UK. But there does need to be a big change.

And it’s no good saying, “back to the old days” because it’s always been the same. The easiest example to use is Winston Churchill: former Prime Minister born in Blenheim Palace and descendant of the First Duke of Marlborough – and you thought DC was a posh boy!

The direction I want to see politics go is to have people in parliament who have experience of working and living in the real world. Also, let’s have people in departments who know about the subject. The Chancellor George Osborne (born Gideon – no relevance, just mildly amusing) achieved a degree in Modern History … Well done! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s the perfect education path to go down to later run an economy.

A similar debate is ensuing whether people who are experts at a subject should be allowed to teach without a teaching qualification. I say that this debate should be transferred to politics. Should politicians be experts in a subject in order to run their department? I think so.

I also think that politics has become a lucrative career. The promise of a good salary, lucrative pension plan, generous perks and power seems too good to turn down for a recent graduate. And I don’t blame them for that. I blame the current system.

We need to have a wider range of people in the halls of Westminster who will not subdue to lobbying and corruption and who will know what the real issues are and how to go about fixing them.

There will be no repeat of the Enabling Act (Germany) of 1933 where politicians, effectively, voted themselves out of existence. The current crop won’t do that. But there just needs to be enough of the right people to break through the barriers and start the revolutionary evolution.

How do we do that? Well, let’s just say I’m working on it …

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