At the General Election 2010 the Conservative Party stated, in their "Invitation to join the government of Britain", which was signed by David Cameron: "So my invitation today is this: join us, to form a new kind of government for Britain.". Indeed, the Foreward of their manifesto stated: "So we offer a new approach..........It is a change from one political philosophy to another." This same document continues: "Our fundamental tenet is that power should be devolved from politicians to people, from the central to the local." Discussing devolution of power, the Conservative manifesto states (p.63): "We will make politics more local, more transparent and more accountable".
Those statements are all the more hypocritical when considering the latest edict issued by Conservative Central Office on the review being carried out of those candidates which are presently on the 'A' list. That list, it will be recalled, is the list of candidates 'approved' by CCHQ who may be considered for selection by constituency branches. The act of imposing only approved candidates from which a constituency can choose is authoritarian and negates the free choice of those branch members. (To digress for one moment, three of the points on which selection panels should take note: Conviction/Manner & Attitude/Depth & Intellect would appear to be pointless in their inclusion as they show no evidence of having been very effective in the past. Very few Conservative MPs possess any conviction or principle; possess a servile manner to their party; and exhibit little intellect!)
So when Cameron promised a new political philosophy and a new form of government, he was not joking - was he? What has been introduced is, in fact, more of the same central control/central decision making followed by the last government, resulting in less choice for the electorate - one of the 'benefits' of communism, I seem to recall!
For any system of electing political representation to be considered fair, it must as a central tenet include free, unencumbered choice - not just in the election of a representative, but the choice of those candidates from which the final selection can be made. When considering the most dangerous element in our politics today, or the greatest menace to the democracy of our nation, the answer has to be: David William Donald Cameron!
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