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Wednesday, 11 April 2007

'Politics' is not a profession

I have posted previously on the haemorrhaging of party members of the main parties over recent years, the Conservatives alone having lost over a million members, and the inequity of state funding for the main parties when 98.6% of the electorate are not members of any of them.

I have also posted previously on the pernicious and corrosive centralisation of governance, by both Conservatives and Labour, and in particular the phenomenal growth of the Big State since 1979.

I have posted on the paucity of elected officials in the UK, on our electoral turnouts being the lowest in the Western democratic world, with barely one in three being bothered to vote in local elections. I have also commented that this is NOT apathy as mainstream politicians would like to believe; people are passionate about political issues, and powerfully engaged in issues of local concern. It is not apathy - it is disillusionment with a centralist state and centralist state political parties in league with Whitehall.

Iain Dale wonders today why the parties are having trouble finding candidates for the council elections. A Very British Dude's answer has the key of it. Local councils have no power, no independence, no resources, no policies and no effect that does not come directly from the central State. Your local council is no more than an 'outreach' office of the DCLG. Local councillors catch all the petty bitching from citizens deluded enough to have fallen for the lie that 'the state' is responsible for regulating and catering for every aspect of their lives, but without any means of changing any of it. It is a thankless task for political eunuchs.

One more piece of the jigsaw today for you. The public's view of politicians has dropped into the gutter in recent years, especially so since 1979. Politicians blame media cynicism. I think it's actually the 'Wisdom of Crowds' in practice. Here's a graph, from Commons Research Paper 03/59, published in 2003. This is the number of MPs who could claim absolutely no other job than politics prior to their entering the house; it disguises maybe five times as many who, like Blair, may have qualified for an 'outside' job or profession but never practiced. And I'll bet the latest figures are even higher.

Politics is not a profession. Politics is not the first thing you do in life - it is where you bring your wisdom, experience and accumulated social experience after having done something else. Because the public know this in their bones, as the number of 'career' politicians rises, their reputation will sink ever lower.

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