Building from the bottom up.

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January 12, 2011 by Rhi

I keep hearing people say that we can’t make an impact on the political landscape without engaging with Westminster, and that any movement to oppose cuts must utilise lobbyists in London.

Perhaps I have misunderstood the political system, but I always thought that the House of Commons was made up of elected representatives who speak on behalf of the people. The electorate gets together, votes for people to represent them, and then those elected head off to do their stuff.

Why are we having to go to them on bended knee, to ask them to represent our views? The reality of the current set up is that most MPs (especially those with any level of power in Government) are more interested in their careers than the actual job they are there to do.

No wonder most people can’t be bothered with party politics. Before we go knocking on the door of Westminster to ask for change, we’d better be pretty certain what it is we’re asking for. And hopefully it’ll include a job description for them…


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