Democracy is heralded as the foremost structure for politics to operate in, it promoted around the world by the likes of America and the UK as the model for engaging vivid and innovative political discussion, debate that drives pioneering policies that will pay dividends now and well into the future. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe the very structures that were set up to seek out new ideas that would encourage debate and inevitably change the world are in fact strangling any voice that appears radical because the system causes people to care more about getting in power then maintaining it than realising ideal objectives for the greater good.
We have career politicians that need to keep themselves in a job and thus need to be continually voted into office. In this way they must tailor their manifesto to be popular to the demographic in the area they are running for to win the election. Once in power they are expected to follow the objectives they laid out in their campaign, but as time goes on and they realise the systems of power and how to play them they increasingly realise that to gain promotion and therefore influence, responsibility and power they must “tow the party line”, rocking the boat is not an option.
Free thinkers are considered to be on the fringes of politics and are tolerated as eccentrics or radicals but that are disruptive and often derisive. However, to agree with this point of view is to hold a contradictory opinion of democracy, it says ‘you can think and say what you wish, but you must tow the party line’. How does this stimulate free thinking, the ability to imagine a world outside the current frameworks and restrictions to invent a new or original way to tackle a traditional issue like poverty. This free thinking created the NHS, the police force and women being educated; we need people willing to explore unknown territory, to be prepared to state a revolutionary solution to drive change, without them democracy is nothing.
Lydia is a new member of the BUCF committee taking control of events officer. The committee has gone under a slight restructure, which will be explained later.