I do not often write about politics, although I do have my own views, they do not often cross into my written work. I want to step out of the safety zone, for today, and write something that perhaps has been waiting for me to acknowledge needs doing.
I see a lot of finger pointing, hating and name calling out there, when it concerns various ideologies and stances. We all have our own way of looking at the world, and although different, we can all agree that we each want to be happy and secure. I am assuming that is given.
We vote for people to speak for us in the process of deciding how to move into the future. These people make changes to the way things are done and these changes affect us. We then respond to those effects in the way we each feel appropriate. This is the basis of democracy. However, we have a problem. Many people are angry, and they are all angry about slightly different things. Many people are not even able to talk to one another and will shun people with opposing views. It is deemed the right thing to do to separate oneself from those who think differently. This is killing democracy. By not talking and hurling negativity around, we will never be able to bridge any gaps.
We all know there are massive problems, and I want to suggest a few things that may act as solutions. My ideas are based on common sense, inspired by a loving home and nature, in full knowledge of the inherent problems faced when dealing with human beings, and the inherent problems faced when dealing with corporate entities. In full acceptance of the nature of all players, and in full respect of their workings, we can find useful solutions to make sure society works. Here are a few suggestions.
1. Anyone standing in a democratic vote must have their criminal record disclosure publically available during the voting and lobbying process.
2. It is a criminal offence to lie in parliament, this includes publishing misleading statistics. Standard libel rules can be applied.
3. Any misfortune caused to citizens of any nation due to a lie is the direct fault of the liar.
4. Any policy that results in death of human beings or animals is to be considered as last resort. If it is found that people have been misled then the policy maker is guilty of murder.
5. No-one in the country, including Royalty, is above the law. It is in the national interest to fully examine all citizens who operate within the borders who are suspected of any crime.
6. Offenders who have committed sexual or serious physical abuse are not entitled to silence protection.
7. Everyone in the country is entitled to a basic income which supplements rent, basic bills and food for each household member. Regardless of what they do, it is better that someone is fed, clean and warm than on the streets. Homelessness and destitution are not acceptable. Every step of the social ladder is to be lined with assistance for those who ask. It is to be encouraged to improve our own quality of life but never forced by removing security.
8. It is a sackable offence for an MP to use demeaning and belittling language to speak about others, especially those they represent as a democratically elected representative. Knowing that our leaders think so poorly of some of us is disturbing.
9. Any business which is on the stock market is not entitled to government subsidy. The money is better spent on lifting people out of poverty by assisting their lives and businesses. Government services are to be subsidised at zero profit rates, where the electorate make the most from what they put in.
10. Finally, and this is no means the last thing I can think of but 10 ideas seems enough for now, once elected, if a party does not attempt to deliver on 75% of their pledges within the first half of their term, the opposition has a right to call for an election through a vote of no confidence. This is to be encouraged.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Rowan Blair Colver