Political parties are supposed to represent the values of the people not dictate them.
The long overdue estrangement of the working classes, in Britain, America and other European countries, from the Left/Liberal parties that historically claimed to represent them, shows just how long it can take for the electorate to fully realise this.
We are living through a period of significant political reformation. Right now, growing distrust of political elites is fuelling anti-establishment movements all over the western world. The so-called “centre-ground” is being stretched to breaking point by insurgents pulling hard from both the right and the left.
For the first time in a long time, there is a genuine battle of ideas in which ordinary people are participating. A welcome antidote to the phoney Kabuki theatre, which we usually play passive witness to, where party political conflicts that only truly concern and benefit salaried politicians, are fought on the media stage.
The so-called “centre-ground” is being stretched to breaking point by insurgents pulling hard from both the right and the left.
I can only hope that this newfound libertine spirit has some longevity and is not just a brief interlude between normal scheduled programming.
In the last few days, I have heard some dark mutterings that Westminster MPs are planning to override the will of the British people should the nation vote for Brexit in the referendum in June.
We will see if that actually happens, but the fact that it’s even being considered does demonstrate just how scrambled the messaging is between politicians and the people. Who acts on behalf of whom? Are politicians elected to execute the will of the people or are we mere vote drones to be tapped at election time?
I realise how cynical I sound. I really don’t want to be. I’m not a misanthrope and I have a great deal of hope for the future.
There does seems to be a kind of awakening going on at the moment. And perhaps (maybe) the beginning of a new political era.