A HUGE swathe of the UK electorate feel completely disenfranchised and disengaged from the ruling class. This isn’t just the working class, but the middle class as well – and that should send alarm bells to the ‘establishment’.No mainstream political party represents their views – this is on both left and right of centre. I have several working class friends who have always traditionally voted Labour yet they feel as disenfranchised as I do (on the right).
The YouGov poll suggests almost forty per cent of Britons feel that the justice system is not harsh enough and that none of the major parties share their view. Similarly, 16 per cent feel that immigration restrictions should be tighter and ten per cent want the government to intervene more to encourage housebuilding, while feeling that no major party is representing them.
The findings suggest that there are large sections of the electorate who feel that they lack a voice in the major political parties. Although the poll did not ask a question on the state of British democracy other evidence shows many people feel current party politics and the two party system is broken. This means that when people cast votes under the current election system they are not voting to put the party they most support in power, but to keep out the party they most dislike or mistrust.
When a party can gather 4m voters (as UKIP did in 2015,) and yet win only one seat in the 650 seat parliament representation you know something is really not right. This article is not about UKIP however, it is about democracy, like them or hate them UKIP suffered the same fate as the Liberal Democrats had for decades. Dissent is growing, anger is fomenting.
These are dangerous times where the establishment are not just riding roughshod over the electorate, they seem to take genuine pleasure in mocking it. Look at the way the political establishment and mainsteam media have sneered at people who voted for leave in the referendum. They’re not ‘xenophobes’ or ‘racists’, ‘stupid’, ‘bigoted’ or ‘Little Englanders’. These voters are the people of the United Kingdom who are sick of the current ruling class and demand change. They want people in Parliament who actually represent the views of the working class and lower middle class, not the vested interests that fund the various parties.
Millions of these people are concerned about the justice system, we have a politicised police force and biased judges who make no secret of their ‘liberal’ sympathies.
Handing out tougher sentences would be easy and good public relations, but before the ‘justice’ system is made more harsh it needs to clean up its act.
Police must be discouraged from adopting political causes, or favouring the anointed minorities, the law is the law and as Marcus Tullius Cicero said 2000 years ago, it must apply to all equally. Allowing the politically correct thinking of the university brainwashed establishment to influence not only trials and sentencing but also the way investigations are carried out (or not carried out,) is a betrayal of our trust and can only lead to a collapse of confidence in the law. And that would be a disaster for everybody.
Police, prosecutors and judges must overcome their tendency to tunnel vision when investigating crime so that ‘obvious culprits’ who are actually innocent do not find themselves openly accused and named by police before a case against them has properly been made and alternatives ruled out.Innocence should continue to be presumed until guilt is proved but colour of a person’s skin or their chosen religion should not be allowed to influence the diligence of investigators or prosecutors.
Above all, the police must stop ‘accidentally’ losing or suppressing evidence which favours the accused as has happened in several recent ‘rape’ cases which turned out not to be rapes at all. The strongest argument against capital punishment is that police and prosecutors make mistakes and are not always free of prejudices which lead to innocent people being sentenced to death. Similar reasoning can be applied to crimes where ‘harsh’ i.e. very long sentences are imposed.
Before extending the range of offences given such sentences the public should become a lot more certain that the right person is being convicted. Being harsh for its own sake smacks of authoritarianism rather than a sense of justice.
Immigration is a separate issue and one that excites such extreme passions it clouds the issues surrounding the state of our democracy. For that reason it has been discussed in detail elsewhere in this blog, you may pull up a list of posts by clicking on they appropriate keyword.