As I wrote in one of the first posts, this blog has been set up to discuss the possibility of setting up a network or group or club (or whatever) of independent political candidates (and hopefully MPs). I’m going to use this blog as a way to express my views and thoughts and to work out what it is exactly that I think about this. Hopefully it will generate some comment, start debates and refine and prove (or disprove) some of my thoughts.
The immediate background to this is of course the scandal around MPs expenses, however I’m not going to discuss any of the individual cases. Instead I want to discuss what I think the scandal has highlighted – and that is the fact that we currently have a ‘political class’ in the UK that feels and acts like a members club that is subject to its own rules.
I think that lots of people feel detached from the political process and the scandal has brought that to a head. The current political system and the current political parties don’t seem to represent the people any more. Now more than ever the old adage “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, the Government always gets it” seem true.
What I want from the blog is to gauge the opinion of other people – to see if there is support for this idea. And of course it has to be not just theoretical support, but also financial and physical support if this idea is ever going to be something more real.
You can see more about my personal political views here – but they’re not important. At least not in terms of my party affiliations.
So, please read, but just as importantly – join in.