Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Scots independence debate is reflection of democratic deficit across the UK

The surge for independence in Scotland is no doubt a reflection of a democratic deficit in the UK. The Scots are tired of being ruled by Tory governments from Westminster, whilst voting for Labour and Scottish Nationalist Party candidates in their own country.
This same frustration though exists south of the border as well. Millions across the UK are disillusioned at having been ruled by what has amounted to a right wing Conservative government (propped up by the Lib Dems) elected by a minority of the population.
The reaction has been a growing disillusionment with the Westminster establishment. Ironically, this has seen expression in support for parties like UKIP, which represents the most extreme form of neo-liberal Conservatism that helped bring about many of the problems that needs addressing in society today.But the UKIP vote is a protest vote. People want an alternative, which is why they vote for independence in Scotland and seek alternatives elsewhere in the UK.

What is needed is a serious public discourse about the situation. That is not a right wing led discussion, where the likes of the BBC invite in a cosy bunch of acceptable establishment figures to discuss amongst themselves what is best for the rest of us.

An open discourse would lead to a devolvement of power to people. The nettle of electoral reform must be seized in order that the political system can be reinvigorated to genuinely represent the mass of people and their interests. The end result must be a society that is run for the many not the few.

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