Dangerous voter apathy and the swings of sentiments to the far left or far right, marked by the present far right wing popularity is causing concern in many States. This may be because of a strong feeling of disconnect that most of us have felt from our governments and that this is felt at all social levels within each society. Also, there is the elected elite/ist problem, and the elitists, being members of some form of exclusive class, or club: a customised form of cronyism, may be taking advantage of this (disconnected) situation, which we all find ourselves in and very uncomfortably living with.
A logical answer is to have on the Ballot Paper, a dissatisfaction vote, such as, a, No Confidence in Government Box. I have just heard on BBC Radio 4 Andrew Rawnsley, about the ‘None Of The Above Option’ (Australia). The ballot paper, could also contain some Sub Boxes under this particular heading. The Sub Boxes, could contain and generally be entitled, "Why, and the Reason…so on…" This could send a message to the long established, over funded, heavily campaign-ed and disconnected elite, to somehow, mend their ways and to become far more inclusive to everyone.
(keywords, sentences, phrases – if the government has evolved enough, and now is capable of working more than a simple Home PC)
The question must be to ask, “Why have we not already had something like this"? A user friendly, attractive and enticing ballot paper to express ourselves on. We spend vasts amount on a quango such as the Electoral Commission, which has pointed out how pathetic the electorate is at election time and no one does anything about it! (Lots of positive things are being tried out by them, but not this) I wonder, if, it is, and by now: far to embarrassing for our political parties and politicians that so few bother to turn out for them. There are long term dangers for all of us in this present situation, as all of our history shows us, with erratic voter swings to the far Left or Right. Mori does not show this up, as yet, just a very deep dissatisfaction with all government and those personalities who are now in government, and also, for some of the distinct reasons (above).
If we believe in a healthy, multicultural, diverse and liberal society, which most of us do, this situation will somehow need addressing. The protest vote is a trap and causes an aberration in any true democracy. I feel that the swings to the far right (or left) could be very fast and catch everyone unawares.
The jargon for this type of ballot paper is called ‘positive abstention’, if there is a big swing to the Far Right in the May elections maybe this will be considered promptly. The thought of any Far Right Wing Party in power due to the neglect of voter options would be more than a crime. Many have died fighting for our freedom (much freedom has been lost over the last few years, due to the exceptional degree of personal ignorance – in the character’s of present Cabinet Government – British Home Office) and one of the principal jobs of any government and all its citizens, firstly: to prevent any/all power falling into wrong and irresponsible hands.
“For nationalism has a traditional and highly elaborate ritual of its own. Revolutionary Democracy can offer nothing to compare with the royal processions, the military parades, the music pregnant with associations, the flags, the innumerable emblems, by means of which patriotic sentiment can be worked up and the real presence of the motherland made manifest to every beholder.” Huxley.
Age, also, has something to do with it! Why fifty years of age?
"Eventually, my rejection of authority spilled into self self-indulgence and self-destructiveness, and by the time I enrolled in College, I’d begun to see how any challenge to convention harbored within it the possibility of its own excesses and its own orthodoxy". Barack Obama ‘The Audacity of Hope’.
"Then, when they are fifty, those who have come safely through and proved the best at all points in action and in study must be brought at last to the goal. They must lift up the eye of the soul to gaze on that which sheds light on all things; and when they have seen the Good itself, take it as a pattern for the right ordering of the state of the individual, themselves included. You must have seen how youngsters, when they get their first taste of it, treat argument as a form of sport solely for the purpose of contradiction. When someone has proved them wrong, they copy his methods to confute others, delighting like puppies in tugging and tearing at anyone who comes near them. And so, after a long course of proving others wrong and being proved wrong themselves, they rush to the conclusion that all they once believed is false; and the result is that in the eyes of the world they discredit, not themselves only, but the whole business of philosophy. An older man will not share this craze for making sport of contradiction. He will prefer to take for his model the conversation of one who is bent on seeking truth, and his own reasonableness will bring credit on the pursuit". Plato.
At present, we all have to ‘put up with’ – ‘an infantile situation’.
The Infantile Situation
‘Becoming human is a process and not some event’
"In every primitive (anthropological anomie/anomy – anomic, bricoleurs or Bricolage – pre-logical) tribe we find the medicine man in the centre of society and it is easy to show that the medicine man (sometimes: a leader, politician, doctor, priest… celebrity or royal, i.e., one who knows what is best for all others) is either a neurotic or a psychotic or at least that his art is based on the same mechanisms as a neurosis or a psychosis. Human groups are actuated by their group ideals, and these are always based on the infantile situation. The infancy situation is modified or inverted by the process of maturation, again modified by the necessary adjustment to reality, yet it is there and supplies those unseen libidinal ties without which no human groups could exist. The medicine men are the leaders in this infantile game and the lightning conductors of common anxiety. They fight the demons so that others can hunt the pray and in general fight reality." (‘fight reality’, as reality (science) could be most unpalatable, to most or some people, depending on culture and education i.e., knowledge of reality, not – myth or theology, superstition…) Geza Roheim ‘The Origin and Function of Culture’.
The Archbishop of Birmingham, Vincent Nichols, is to become the new Archbishop of Westminster. It is a post which, perhaps surprisingly, will likely wield considerable influence both inside and outside the Church. Ref, Mothering complex, ‘lady faith’ – ‘protracted helplessness of the newborn’. "Alienating", "ignorant" and "pernicious", ‘arrogance’ and ‘admiration’, of itself (man). Why Pope Benedict maintains anti-condom stance http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7951838.stm Pope Benedict XV1 visits Angola "When God’s word… is neglected, and when God’s law is ridiculed, despised, laughed at, the result can only be destruction and injustice." Isn’t this, utter wickedness? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7967173.stm Or the "perfection of wickedness" in the withholding of sex education information and the freedom that is found, in a modern knowledge based culture; from our young adults http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7992482.stm The incoming Archbishop of Westminster has called on Catholics to oppose proposals to allow ‘pregnancy advisory services’ to advertise on TV and radio. Sir David Attenborough ‘warns on population growth’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7996230.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7919104.stm Why ‘The Act Of Settlement’ of 1701 should not be altered – unless the other powerful and a very infantile social network is abolished i.e., The Monarchy (firstly, but over 80% wish the Monarchy to remain, so that we are all locked within "the infantile situation") – Thus, diluting the Church of England’s status (liberal) and English Monarchy (mostly – quite liberal and fairly pleasant – socially amenable – at present) as head of the Church of England, with a Roman Catholic authority (figurehead, who could gain real power, maybe, in some crisis situation) that is a more pervasive and doctrinaire: a much worse and far more rigid form of superstitious system – would be complete and utter, sheer foolishness! Ref, Church Schools and Faith Schools. UK. b) The protracted helplessness of the new born and the consequent uncritical submissiveness to authority, lasting well into aldulthood and sometimes existing into old age! (Whilst we are in the ‘infantile situation’: UK Parliament; Party Politics; Traditions; Monarchy; Church of England; House of Lords; Lawmaking; so on… : falls – well within, an ‘Infantile Situation’ http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/role/customs/traditions.cfm