I'm starting to think we need an early election. No. I don't mean that in a "let's-challenge-Gordon-and-see-if-he's-got-the-bottle-ho-ho-ho" way.
I really mean it. In the sense that our Westminster system isn't working. In the sense that we need a fresh Parliament, with a new Speaker, and a mandate for far-reaching change. And we need a legislature that works, that isn't in the pocket of government—Labour or Conservative—and which does its job efffectively once again. And which answers to local voters, not party hierarchy.
How could a new Parliament restore dignity to our legislature and meaning to our democracy? Here's 30 ways to fix things. Here's a manifesto that would be popular, and bring us change. And, as I keep saying, it can all be done by an incoming government in 100 days.
Neither Labour nor Conservatives are going to adopt The Plan, Douglas, and nor are the LibDims. If you want it implemented—and a lot more besides—there is only one party with the balls to do it.
More importantly, it is a party that is uncompromised by "special relationships" within the Westminster bubble; it is the only party that does not take donations from businesses in return for legislative favours; it is the only party that is motivated by a desire to cut, drastically, the power and extent of Parliament: that party is the Libertarian Party.
And, given the current climate, your humble Devil is considering whether to stand as a candidate...
UPDATE: yes, I know that LPUK is small and unknown, but the mood is turning in our direction, as Freedom and Whiskey highlights.
But surely the British public, while being rightly angry about MPs' outrageous expense claims, still believes in the big state, does it not?.
For the first time that I can remember the answer may be no.YouGov asked what people would like to see done about the government’s record borrowing and soaring debt. There was strong backing for the strategy adopted by the Canadian government in the 1990s, when it cut public spending by a fifth over four years; 54% said they would back such a policy and only 22% were opposed. A majority of Labour supporters backed this policy.
Overall, respondents said the burden of reducing government debt should come mainly through cuts in public spending rather than tax rises. Only 7% favoured a policy of solely raising taxes to close the black hole in the public finances.
Most Labour voters want a twenty per-cent cut in government spending! So what are we waiting for? When will "Call me Dave" acknowledge that Labour voters are correct? What about the Liberals (sic) and the SNP?
Maybe, just maybe...