Welcome to the new world order.

Welcome to the new world order.

Welcome to the new world order, the rebirth of democracy and the voice of the man on the street. Whether it’s the meek inheriting the earth or the masses having a say, it’s all change so jump on board for the ride of a lifetime!

Back in 2012, at a rather swanky city lunch I gave a talk about the changes I felt coming. How the man on the street and the masses were rising up and would have their say.

I’d just been made a junior Minister in the Department of Work and Pensions and had been invited to talk about employment and how to support people into work. The room was small, the guest list exclusive and those attending employed, between them, a workforce the size of a small city.

Most of the speech went down well, at least I think so, but my final part was about how I saw a seismic shift coming – a change in the status quo brought about by the masses and not by the types in this room. Why? Because they are the people who feel most keenly the changes to society, live closest to the breadline and are affected most by changes. They consider too that these changes, which they don’t have control of, are happening to them. I concluded with the old guard would be toppled and replaced by a new order.

Looking back it probably wasn’t a great way to end a speech. Polite smiles and curious looks replaced rapturous applause, but I’m used to such looks. I got that look when as a Liverpudlian I announced I was going to stand as a Tory on Merseyside, a lone Conservative voice in a sea of socialism. I also got that look when I predicted a Brexit win to a room of lawyers and bankers, mind you I got more of a shocked death stare when I said I thought a President Trump could be on its way! I wasn’t saying these things for a reaction, rather to bring to the table the conversations I was having on my travels up and down the country, so giving voice to a shift in mood I observed when chatting on trains, in supermarket queues, in bars and out socialising. I don’t judge. I just listen to what people are saying, picking up the increase in volume from the street.

Change and who’s making those changes is happening all around us and it isn’t over yet. This new order is shining a torch on the old decision makers, putting their decisions in the spotlight. Politicians have been under that gaze for some time, but last week the judiciary found its way there after its decision on Article 50 with the public debating whether this really was about parliament having a say or just a way to frustrate the decision of the people?

Unlike some others, I don’t see questioning as alarming. I see it as an inevitability. The forces of transparency, accountability and mass connectivity coming together to hold all decision makers to account. Welcome to 2016. And surely it’s a good thing that we ask questions of those who are making decisions that affect us.

Next we’ll begin questioning where we get our information from. Is it from the source or is the information second hand? Who commissioned the information? Who sponsored the article? Who did they survey? Was it fact or opinion? Who were the random data set and how where they chosen? Biased or genuinely impartial? Delving deeper can only be a good thing……..Questioning everything will bring us closer to the truth…right?

Questions are only the beginning though. What people are begging for are answers, coherent ones, better than those offered before. We’re questioning and dismantling the old establishment, but we need answers, what will the new one look like?

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  • Trevor ellis
    Posted at 13:56h, 18 December Reply

    I no longer believe in the current Democracy I grew up under because like any agreement if it is to bear peaceable fruit then both sides must work in harmony.
    But it is painfully clear in my eyes that that is where Democracy fails.
    The public keep their part of the agreement but the government consistently fails to keep its part.
    And that failure is manifested by the shortage of social housing for working class people.
    And if the working class public are expected to believe that the Tory government is now devoted to what I describe as a democratic agreement ,
    despite the fact that many working class people support the conservative party and yet the Tory government has repeatedly failed to deliver for them
    then how can Ms Mcvey justify singing the praises of Democracy on the recent Any questions show on radio four?
    Democracy should not be put on a pedestal until it delivers for the people who put it there.
    It won’t matter what a new establishment looks like if the establishment continues to see democracy as a one way street.
    And the fact that many working class people are in want despite decades of supporting democracy,
    suggests to me that despite all the pride
    democracy doesn’t work for the common people.
    And I believe that all politicians old or new need to recognize that fact and be determined to make it work in the future.
    Democracy could and should work but I don’t think that the will in the government is strong enough to make it work.
    Therefore democracy remains a one way street in which politicians benefit from democracy while the electorate remain in want of even the most basic of essentials such as housing and a decent wage in order to keep a roof over their head and good nutritious food in their and their kids tummies.
    While Many MP’s live lives that their constituents can only dream about.
    If I were a Politician/MP and I failed the people that elected me
    I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.
    And yet countless Politicians/MP’s have come and gone and benefited from democracy while their constituents remain want.
    Ms Mcvey uses words such as “what people are begging for are answers” which is true but it is also true that they are not receiving answers to their questions.
    And the lack of answers are not because the establishment is on whole hard of hearing,
    no rather it is because they have no coherent answers to the many questions being asked across the country by people who increasingly feel let down and shortchanged by their MP’s.
    Democracy is a model which has been in place for a very long time.
    And I believe that if that model is trustworthy then by now conditions in Britain should be far better.
    There really is no valid answer to why there is a shortage of homes for working class people
    when the current government was run by the Tory party that took control of government in 1979 and proceeded to lay the foundations for what is know described as the housing crisis.
    That crisis cannot be justified when one reflects upon the inaugural speech made by the late Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher in which she promised much but what she delivered was far from conducive to peace and security.
    This is all factual and though now historical, they must be remembered in order to prevent people of today being mislead by future Prime Ministers.
    I believe that just as night is separate from day, Likewise pride has no place with failure.
    I believe that the Government of this country from 1979 to the present day has let the people down badly.
    And so when I hear MP’s and former politicians boasting about democracy despite the fact that British democracy has resulted in an eye watering budget deficit which The Labour and Lib Dem and Tory party have all contributed to
    from whence came the much hated austerity measures,
    I cannot avoid feeling an immense sense of injustice.
    If the people who the public elect to run the country, lead them into immense dept and want and deprivation (which effects mainly the working classes)
    where is the basis for faith in democracy and the people behind it?
    The public don’t vote for debt and want and deprivation, while MP’s live lives of privilege at the expense of the taxpayers.
    And yet that is exactly what is happening and it will continue unless the electorate dare to take off their rose tinted glasses and see democracy as it is and not as we are taught to see it..i.e. fair and trustworthy.
    I’ll end by saying that if we pay a group of builders to build a huge house large enough to house the entire nation and the builders proceed to build something which in all honesty a crumbling wreck full of increasingly hungry people,
    hungry for more than just food and shelter but justice and even fresh air!
    Would you pay those builders to build a house for the next generation?
    If you would then in all honesty you can expect any sympathy when conditions start to deteriorate and the inhabitants look out of the crumbling wreck and see the builders living in far better conditions than the tenants
    its only natural for the tenants to complain.
    But if that house has been built by numerous Politicians/MP’s and the conditions get worse rather than better and we don’t learn a much needed lesson then we are merely gluttons for punishments and the builders will just carry on propping up the wreck built by previous builders while promising the tenants that if we hire them again they’ll get it right next time.
    That’s the reality of Democracy Esther and If you are honest you’ll admit it is true.
    Democracy could work and should work but it doesn’t because the MP’s don’t and wont allow it to work.
    And because of that Britain remains a country in want with little hope of anything better.
    All the parties(except the greens and ukip) have been tried and tested and failed.
    Are the working classes expected to believe that there isn’t simply any room or money left to build homes to live in?
    Are we to believe that Fresh air is unobtainable?
    Are we to believe that working class people are not worthy of being paid enough to be able to live in dignity?
    Is the living wage enough to be able to that Esther?
    That’s a question to which your answer is requested.
    Thank you.

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