The wonders of politics

I’m 37 so, although I have experienced a hung parliament once before in my life, I was less than two years old and not giving it much attention.

This time around, I find it fascinating.

I’m not terribly political – in my simple world, the government should run the country for the good of the people, with a moral world view. “Policies” don’t really feature in this, nor do beliefs. Parties built around specific issues – a swift exit from European Union, or being good to the environment – confound me. A party which favours business over individuals, or individuals over business, also leaves me wondering.

In fact, the whole idea of a political party is a problem. And this is where it has gone wrong for the UK this week.

The UK political system gives individuals the right to vote for any candidate of their choice in their constituency, and for anyone to become a candidate within guidelines. So the system says we vote for a person to represent our area in parliament, but the reality is we vote both for a person *and* for a party. The two are intertwined.

America avoids the issue by having a President and a Congress. So the people can elect “a party” (in the guise of a President) and a person to represent them. Separately. I’m not too keen on the idea of a President, but I do appreciate the separation of the party and representative roles.

Even better, though, would be a party-less system. Why can’t our elected representatives decide amongst themselves what needs to be done to run the country, without having to carve out segments of the group with the equivalent of corporate ideals?

I know there is a perception that committees never agree anything, and my approach to running the country would essentially be one huge committee. But don’t right it off immediately. The public could vote individuals into office – the same offices that exist today, why not, but with individuals chosen by us to represent us on Education, Welfare, Finance and the rest.

I’ll leave it to you to fill in the many blanks. Of course this wouldn’t be perfect, but I genuinely think it would work. And it would never result in a “hung parliament”, because government wouldn’t depend upon parties.

I leave you with a parallel. Cisco, a company I worked for for 9 years, was and is changing from a “command and control” organisation to one more based upon regional control – regions being geographical or functional. OK, so there’s still a certain John Chambers at the head. Maybe a leader of some sort is always required in an organisation, or maybe not. Certainly a mediator is always required to resolve disputes. A facilitator.

So in my radical new Britain, we would not longer need to split ourselves into political factions warring against each other. Everyone would have their own unique views, and everyone would work together to achieve progress.

Wouldn’t that be great?

About mikbarne
I'm a writer and freelance communications and collaboration consultant with nearly 20 years experience in UK telecommunications, specialising in VoIP, Unified Communications and Collaboration, and building effective communications architectures. Visit my Google+ Profile

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