Where is it?!
Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you there. You caught me at a bad time if I’m completely honest, I was just looking for something. DEMOCRACY. Maybe it’s down the back of the sofa…
Of course democracy in the UK has been failing for a long time, through a variety of ways. When Theresa May was not the Prime Minister (but the Home Secretary), she was still developing some of the most controversial, authoritarian legislation which most of the public would nevertheless turn a blind eye to. I am of course referring to the Investigatory Powers Act, better known as the Snooper’s Charter, which gives the government unrestricted access to your browser history, and web-traffic. This came into action last November, but no one cares.
“If you’ve got nothing to hide, then you’ll be fine mate”– said much of the public. But that’s not the point. It’s not just about this one piece of legislation, it’s about the concept of privacy. Never mind how it relates to this bill, what happens when you apply that logic to other aspects of life? You’re about to see:
Recently, the UK Government also proposed an amendment to a bill, which would directly affect the freedom of the press. This bill, if altered, would mean that any Journalist who published leaked information from the government could face prosecution. So there you have it (again): journalists put behind bars for doing their jobs.
And now, the election. Sigh.
There are many arguments for what reason the PM called this early election (she announced it yesterday morning- when I had just got to Westminster to visit parliament for the first time in my life), but if there is one thing that is clear across the board it’s that this is a tactical election. But I’m angry, very angry (imagine a 17 year old boy typing this in the dark whilst listening to the soundtrack from The Shining- that’s how angry), at the fact that no one seems to notice this very basic fact: This election is not about democracy. Yep, that’s right. For the first time ever, we’re having an election which is being used purely as a political device- there was no other reason we needed this. This means that the concept of people using their freedom of choice to vote for a party at polling day is being tossed out of the window, and replaced with the ideal that an election can be used purely for a political tactic.
This puts our country in the same category as others such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which use elections as cannon fodder and stretch the term ‘authoritarian’ to it’s maximum. If people failed to realize our move towards a full-Orwell 1984 style authoritarian ball of hideousness before- then see now!
I suppose if it comes to the worst, then there’s no better stability than a one-party state…
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