Originally posted by Thomas Crowne
On the same hand, because the area isn't as expansive, I'd think that an entire population belonging to the butterknife Brigade could really push
the government into rethinking stupidity if you all decided to put your foot down, do you think?
If we put our foot down, we can remove our government quite easily. We've done it before in the 70s when we voted a guy in and didn't like his
We bought Thatcher down when we decided that she had gotten too powerful in the early 90s. And Blair has to act quickly or we will do the same to
Our politicians can't hold onto power without our support.
But I don't see us rising up at the moment. We're watching and waiting to see what happens over the next 10 or so years. Our society doesn't seem
bad enough to wage a war against our government or system at this time.
Most of us don't see a need to go for such a massive reform quite yet. Our system of democracy still works quite well, as there are safeguards in
place that stop one man from gaining too much power.
The fact is that British politics seems to change very quickly, and add the multitude of small political parties who have the beginnings of a credible
opposition to our three main parties and things don't really look so bad at all. Sure, sometimes we suffer for a couple of years, but it's easy to
vote them out of power here if they mess with us.
Our system is decentralised to a certain degree and this is a major factor. This means that though the guys sitting in Downing Street makes a lot of
decisions that affect my money, the day to day running of my town and my life is affected by people who live right next to me. Town councils are still
of major importance and if I don't like something, I go down there and tell them. They're normally made up of councillers (politicians) from lots of
partys and it's not unusual to see 6 different partys holding control of your town or city. Most of the time they will listen because they want to
keep your vote away from the other guy.
Town councils in turn answer to County Councils. If my town council does something I don't like, I can always turn to them. Although they tend to be
run more by one single party, they're normally the party in opposition to the main government. Because of their position against the governemtn they
are a good way to use political power to your benefit.
Then you have Westminister itself. Blair is the main man here, but even so, he answers to select committees made up of different political parties. If
he messes up they pull him back down to earth.
The good thing about our main parties is that they are always divided in themselves. People think that unity in a party is healthy. I see it the other
way - if they're arguing with each other at least it means that they're thinking about the decisions that they are taking which affect the
Then to cap that, we have the Lords. The ultimate lawmakers. But they cannot pass a law unless it has been given to them by the government and the
government cannot pass it in turn unless they accept it. They are our second to last line of defence against a dictatorship.
Finally we have the throne. The British crown controls the army. No prime-minister has ever physically rode into battle at the head of our army. Many
of our Kings and Queens have. The Crown is the establishment. It is our history and our heritage. It also has the ability to block anything that it
sees as being detrimental to the people of the UK. It's like the final safety net.
So you see, I reckon that we in the UK have a system in place, that although it can be abused for a short time, can never be abused for too long.
I don't yet need to pick up a gun to defend myself from my government. A pen that makes a cross in a box still holds enough power here.