Written by Emily Scialom

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The need for change

Everyone seems to agree what we need in this country is a change. But, asks Emily Scialom, how exactly do you vote for that?

Sign indicating a polling stationThe 2015 General Election is THE national event of the year. Some of us, however, are rather keen to be on holiday at the time.

The dismantling of the NHS and public services and the lack of funding for the education system have made the Tories seem about as appealing as a slap in the face while hungover on a Saturday.

Labour’s need for a figurehead to counteract the horror show is currently being advertised on the side of milk cartons.

The so-called third party, the Lib Dems, have been intertwined with the Tories, so their independence from their enemies is no longer a thing. Like Pluto is no longer a planet. They have, to give them some respect, done an amazing job at one thing: ruining their own reputations. Homelessness is up 50% since the coalition came to power. As the most needy in society suffer, the Lib Dems are an entire party of people in need of a vocation.

Apathy, indeed, reflects a myriad of more aggressive opinions: anger and disgust intermingle and this results in a lack of voting impetus.

Just 65.1% of the British public voted in the 2010 General Election. If so few people vote, the Government is not an accurate or nuanced representation of public opinion.

Politics is “spiritually disconnected”, says Russell Brand, the talisman of the non-voting public. Christian ideals, such as helping the poor, are absent. The rise in the use of food banks and zero-hour contracts has evidenced the damage done to British society. The ideals which have kept us tied together are now falling apart and that is tragic.

“If politicians reject the aesthetics, accents and values of the people, why should people engage with the process?”

The drive of the whole political system is financial and politicians, through their attire and demeanour, deliberately eradicate notions of poverty, unintelligence and lack of erudition. Therein lies an attitude of disgust and hatred which the populace cannot be asked to ignore amid the rush of promises, sweet talking and divisive attitudes. Emotions of hatred are hard to express in today’s world, and non-participation is seemingly the only valid action to take which is not going to cause people to be fined, imprisoned or harmed.

As every man, woman and literate child knows, the government can break laws they insist upon enforcing on the populace and politicians have been making stuff up since Day One. Apart from their false promises, the aesthetics of politics are a part of the problem. Aesthetics play a part in Russell Brand’s appeal. Sportswear and dreadlocks are not welcome in politics and for some, these are the primal markers of their ilk. Without recognition on a basic level there is a disengagement from more important aspects of the politicians we’re asked to choose from and believe in. The rejection is primarily the politicians. If they reject the aesthetics, accents and values of the people, why should people engage with the process?

Perhaps it’s time to make a new theory or political blueprint. Local people could be elected, a tribal council could form and local politicians should then form a government. No divisive parties, the same ideals of unity and prosperity for all, working together for a better world. There could be 50% women, the class system would be irrelevant and people could be accurately represented at last.

The Government has put an extra £6.8m into the electoral registration drive. Without radical upheaval to this existing system, there is no hope and adding money to this farce is only increasing the need for change.

I believe the Green Party is the party with a future – it is strikingly vibrant and fresh. And, unless they invent the Party Party, this is the brightest possible option for the political system.

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Written by Emily Scialom

Author of novel The Religion of Self-Enlightenment. A teenage poet and an adult songsmith. I like Marmite, Buddhism and Liverpool FC.