Lately however I've taken more of an interest, partly due to Russell Brand's 'Trews' YouTube show and partly the amazing 'The Thick of It'. I still have zero interest in voting, I still see no point as I see the system as wholly flawed and corrupt. But in a new idea.
Have you noticed around election time, the political mudslinging kicks off, politicians start appearing tough on this, cracking down on that, making promises that they have little to no intention of keeping and all the usual malarkey one would expect with politics.
The 2005 film V For Vendetta said famously that “ideas are bulletproof”. I beg to differ. Ideas can be killed, buried, dug up, pissed on, skull fucked and buried upside down in a shallow unmarked grave. The media do a wonderful job of this or attempt to anyway, by going after the people who bring us those ideas.
Martin Luther King suffered an FBI instigated defamation campaign for over ten years (even after his death) that sought to discredit him by exposing personal and quite frankly irrelevant matters to make his dangerous to the then regime message go away.
Most recently Russell Brand when promoting change and being more active with his political commentary saw himself as the victim of a rather petty and childish campaign perpetrated by ‘The Sun’. In his quest to see residents of the New Era housing estate not made homeless priced out by a US property developer Westbrook Partners The Sun decided to run the following front page denouncing him as a hypocrite because of what his landlord does with his money offshore. And as the phrase ‘tenuous link’ was redefined we all stood back in awe.
|I call bullshit.|
Thankfully most people saw through this asinine attempt at defamation and we saw some very funny tweets under the #sunlogic and this attempt failed but more often than not the defamation of people who bring us good ideas or try to bring about change is successful.
Which brings me to my idea. Remove the people from politics.
Why not have in plain English the proposition, with clear pros and cons listed for each idea and let we, the people vote yes or no. According to this article on The Huffington Post, most people would vote for the Green Party based purely on their ideas in a blind vote. Interesting stuff. Some of their ideas I agree with, some I don't. Personally I don't think the monarchy should be abolished. But according to what I read earlier this week, the Green Party would see the monarchy scrapped and the Queen living in a council house. If I were to be a voter, would it sway me away from the Green Party? Maybe. But I'm certain that story alienated more than a few voters from giving the Green Party time of day.
But what if we had a system where you didn't have to have a bunch of crack pot ideas lumped in with the stuff you wanted. Like a political version of Netflix, rather than a political version of a bloated sky package full of shitty channels you don't want?
It sure would give more of a fighting chance to ideas that otherwise wouldn't see the light of day.
It's not a complete idea, it's not the 100% all singing all dancing solution this country needs and I'm sure much cleverer people than I have had this idea or better (I saw a version of this in Charlie Brooker's 'Black Mirror' the other day, regrettably mine doesn't have a blue bear) but I think it's clear we need to remove people from politics. People can be corrupted, influenced and manipulated. Ideas whilst not entirely bulletproof deserve a better chance.