Elected politicians are only marginally better than the unelected kind. This is a great truth, although it may be accused of being a slight exaggeration, until you bear in mind that Saddam, Assad and various other despots were all technically elected. Ouch.
In any case, we in the United Kingdom are currently in the throes of an election campaign even more depressingly childish than the last. How people perform in a televised debate is seen by some as a way of deciding who is best to run the country, presumably based on a presumption that you only run the country for an hour or two every few months and that involves a lot of shouting and arguing. Which is possibly not far from the truth. when Belgium couldn’t organise a government the country managed to carry along quite well without it, and failed to collapse spectacularly or invade any neighbors. Then again, they have good chocolate to keep them calm while waiting for the politicians to get out of their collective sulk. this they did eventually, possibly when the bottom layer was finished.
But back to out elections. I’m rather hoping that there is a Monster raving loony candidate in my constituency, or else I’m going to struggle to choose anyone else to vote for. If they aren’t standing I may feel let down, which would mean all the major parties and the minor ones would have abandoned me. The only party who haven’t disappointed me are the Greens, who have been fully as nutty as I expected.The only more disappointing thing than the parties is the voters; they don’t quite seem to get the whole idea of local representation, instead voting on party, tribal, or even worse, Prime Minister cadidatorial lines. This can lead me to only one conclusion:
We need a new electorate.