The pain of exclusion


untitled (139)The decision by David Cameron and Theresa May to avoid giving the other 648 MPs a vote on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) yesterday may yet prove to be one of the final nails in the coffin of this coalition and its chaotic leadership. However as MPs cried foul and foamed at the mouth over the anti-democratic nature of the process being denied to them, how many of them tumbled that this is precisely the way most of them engage with their own voters? Just as Cameron and May are turning deaf ears and blind eyes to the cries from all parts of the Commons, the same MPs are far too used to turning their own deaf ears and blind eyes to our challenges and complaints over many of the Bills and Laws that have been debated in that very Chamber over the last few years. The Lies from May and Cameron over the much promised vote over EAW simply reinforces for many of us just how unimportant we are in their thinking. Based on my own watching and listening even the MPs themselves failed to acknowledge that it was us being denied democracy not them as our representatives. Perhaps we should be even more outraged that it is on this occasion an even smaller number of people that have ignored us, not the whole Parliament as usual. Of course our vote will suddenly become a vital part of this great democracy in May next year, only for our views to resume their lack of relevance within days of the election as the Political Parties squabble with one another over how the Government should be constructed. There will be not even be a backward glance as the ‘victors’ will emerge from smoke free rooms with a deal to present to the Queen. We can then resume our unheard protests for another 4 years, 11 months and 2 weeks.

“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Whilst that quote is not about insanity and not from Einstein, nevertheless unless we are prepared to change our behaviour and reclaim the Power that we think we hand over at the General Election to people such as David and Theresa, we will continue to experience the sense of disconnect that I certainly felt last night, watching a few MPs getting upset that they had been excluded from a vote on EAW.

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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