As we begin to come to terms with a new American President and the U turn in our 40 year old journey alongside our European neighbours, these changes seem to be occurring against a background of mission creep in our Political world. Perhaps this is the reason why so many people are losing confidence in their elected representatives and the political parties to which they belong.
Here in Brighton and Hove there is an appalling disconnect between what ordinary Labour voters expect from their party and what is being provided in the gap between the so called official parts of the party and the radical group which seems to be where most of the newer members and supporters feel at home. There have been stories of people spitting at caretakers and then denials backed up by video. The leader of the group of Councillors appears to block significant numbers of people on twitter (I am one of those) even though he is using the account to announce policy comments and updates which to me shows a lack of accountability at the least.
Elsewhere Nigel Farage, a Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England and leader of UKIP is appearing to prioritise his relationship with the new American President elect in his gold plated lift, and then claiming that he might be willing to become a Tory if the new Prime Minister who has not been elected by any of her party members is willing to talk to him. At the same time it seems that the Tory high command are split in their views on Nigel. One could be forgiven for forgetting that his well paid role is to represent you and I in the European Parliament.
Our Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne has just been at a conference with the other PCCs and one of their discussions has been over ways of taking over Fire and Rescue Services. This is despite the fact that their distant and possibly superficial responsibility for the Probation and Prison service is showing deep signs of neglect. The idea that they can begin to do other things on our behalf when they have not dealt with the things we were promised in the first place is deeply worrying.
Boris Johnson is making statements to suggest that we can still have free access to the European single market, after we have left the EU and that we won’t need to adhere to the commitment to have open borders, even though this requirement was outlined in the Treaty of Rome which was written in 1957.
It seems clear that what many of us want are politicians that will do what they promise at the ballot box, and can understand the real world in which they are supposed to be living rather than making things up to keep our attention away from the real issues and failings in their work. Sadly such adherence to promises freely entered into, and peripheral understanding is becoming very hard to find. Perhaps we need a new form of democracy?