What rules supreme at the moment is electioneering to satsify ego. Once in power, Prime Ministers are free to practice their own flawed interpretation of government based on their non-existent life experiences, sociopathic moral compasses, and milk-carton ideologies.
Blair abandoned socialism. Cameron abandoned Conservatism. They innocently disguise it as pragmatism, but it’s complete and utter chancing.
Alastair Campbell epitomises the issue perfectly with the following simple assertion:
“Yes, I’m obsessed with winning elections. If you don’t win elections, you are utterly impotent!”
Electoral success in a democracy may seem like an innocent affair, because winning power inevitably means having won a vote, and therefore having won the popular mandate. However, this presumption fails to factor in the the methods used to gain power when gaining power is indeed the sole objective. Political conviction ceases to exist, because principle is sacrificed in favour of opportunism and manipulation. If we remove political conviction from a democracy, the process becomes little more than a popularity contest for power-hungry candidates with little moral, civil, or progressive intentions.
Tony Blair is a recent example. An opportunist who purposefully sought to use mass immigration as a plaything in order to rub the Right’s nose in diversity for an electoral advantage. Diversity might very well be a good thing, but in a time of significant structural economic problems, a lack of immigration control is detrimental. New Labour is another example. Though successful in winning three general elections, in hindsight, it has also succeeded in dissolving the Labour party’s key fundamental socialist principles, rendering it largely indistinguishable from the Conservative party, and in turn causing massive popular dissolutionment for politics due to the lack of meaningful choice for voters.
If there’s no distinction for the electorate, there’s little point voting.
If there’s little point voting, many won’t.
If many don’t vote, the government has no democratic mandate.
Without a democratic mandate, the government is unrepresentative.
Cameron is another recent example. Conservative voters were defecting to UKIP, and because he acknowledged this as an electoral threat, he mitigated the risk by promising an EU referendum for which he had no political interest. This tactic won him a slim majority government, but his well documented legacy of incompetence and manipulation is now widely regarded (even among many Conservatives) as one of the most progressively vacuous in British history.
You don’t have to be an economist to understand that buy-to-let is a bad idea in the first place. It’s a great way to create unproductive capital, and reduce the already chronically low housing shortage, and inflate prices for everyone desperate for their first home. All for the sake of creating wealth for a few, to the detriment of everyone else.
The former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has argued that “anything is legal” in war, defending Donald Trump’s call to “take the oil” of Iraq, one of the Republican nominee’s proposals that appears to violate international law.
“Leave a force back there, and take it, and make sure it’s distributed in a proper way”
Giuliani told ABC This Week host George Stephanopoulos.
“That’s not legal, is it?” the host asked.
“Of course it’s legal – it’s war,” Giuliani answered, laughing. “Until the war is over, anything is legal.”
The policy making institutions of the EU are as follows:
The European Parliament: The only directly elected of the EU institutions, but it has weaker powers than the Council, and does not have legislative initiative. The average EU-wide turnout for the previous MEP elections was 42%.
The Council of the European Union: Members not directly elected to the post. President is not directly elected.
The European Council: The president is not directly elected.
The Commission: The Commission is led by a President who is nominated by the Council. The remaining 27 Commissioners are nominated by member-states, in consultation with the President, and have their portfolios assigned by the President. Responsible for legislation proposition, decision implementation, treaty upholding, day-to-day running. Has 23,000 administrators.
I would say no, and moreover:
It didn’t do anything about our recent neo-imperialist shenanigans.
It didn’t do anything about the 2008 banking crisis.
It’s an obstacle to local, decentralised and direct democracy.
If it’s true that most people, by nature, uphold the virtue of honesty, the same cannot be said about politicians. Yet people continue to make that association because it’s not yet common knowledge that many who seek a political career do so in order to satisfy their ego, narcissim, superiority complex, or sociopathic tendencies to extort and exert control over people or institutions for personal or tribal gain.