The way MPs cling to this idea that the current political construct is the only possible form of democracy never fails to amuse me.
To paraphrase Khalid Mahmood MP in reference to one of his colleagues being bugged "if you do not trust MPs how can you believe in democracy?"
Of course is it far too easy to pick about the MPs. This week alone two have proved themselves to be untrustworthy. Peter Hain breaking the law on party funding and Derek Conway for a serious diversion of public funds into his family's coffers. Bearing in mind the tiny number of MPs there are, at this rate, you get through the lot of them in little over 6 years. Or 80% in a parliamentary term...
Quite frankly, how anyone feels fairly represented under this system bemuses me entirely. It's fairly easy to conceive that 30 million people in this nation are not represented. MPs can be elected on less than half the vote in their constituency. They just need to get more votes than the other guy. What that means is the more choice you have the poorer the level of representation.
3 contenders means the minimum requirement is 34%.
5 contenders means the minimum requirement is 21%.
The nature of democracy is that you have most say, most choice. However the nature of the system means the more choice you have the less democratic the result.
The system only survives because generally we can sort ourselves out on a daily basis and we are just so pathetically passive.
Labels: Current Affairs, Democracy, Politics, representation