I’m off. Late (as usual). ETA – 10p.m. Meanwhile I left this comment on two Times blogs (to be safe) at around 3am last night. I left it on the Bocca one called “Eddy Eddy” and then left the same on Fr Borg’s latest post (I intended to add a note to moderator to remove the one on the Bocca blog but the comment shot away before I had any time). Anyways, thought I’d better publish it here just in case, like two previous comments on Bocca’s blog… it fails to appear.
“The situation is desperate not because there are only two parties to choose from, but because it’s Hobson’s choice: one party to choose from.” It’s worse than that Daphne. The theme of “disenfranchisement” departs just from that very position. If anything good comes out of this election it’s the realisation of the mess we are in. A “choice” of one party based on the “lesser evil” principle is worse than the proverbial Hobson’s choice – if that concept can exist. The whole principle behind voting in a parliamentary democracy lies in being able to vote for a party of choice. Between lack of viable options and the “wasted vote” effect of electoral reforms we are left with NO choice. Even if I align myself with the safety voters who go for PN (as many will), the message is loud and clear for all those who care about the future… a radical reform is needed and it is needed now.
Reform the parties and reform the system returning it to one of legitimacy, accountability and good governance for the good of our children. The current mechanism of yes-men-ocracy will not get us very far.
The short term aim of electing the safest government will not be an antidote to many problems for very long. What discussion are we willing to start about the real change that is needed? Who will be discussing the viability of coalitions, proportional representation and the re-enfranchisement of the people?
Definitely not a PN, MLP or for what it may matter a coalition government comfortable with a system that has once again served its ends and is comfortably ensconced for another five year term of ignoring the will of the people.
The future is not theirs to take but ours to make. It’s up to us all at the end of the day.