Politicians Ask Themselves: Is It worth Governing?

Do they?  I think not.  This is not a question any political leader is likely to ask themselves, unless they are exceptionally sensitive and thoughtful.  Yet disturbing numbers of voters are asking themselves, ‘Is it Worth Voting?’ and according to recent estimates around a million people may not even be registered to vote.

I sympathise: really I do.  I sometimes wonder myself whether it’s worth it.  Yet come polling day I heave my arse out of bed and get it down to the the polling station and put my pathetic cross against the figure I believe is least likely to do harm.  I think politicians should be made to take something similar to the Hippocratic Oath, to say that they will ‘first, do no harm’.  Not that doctors necessarily stick to this – but that’s another subject.

It’s fashionable – and completely understandable, in the wake of recent corruption scandals, austerity measures, cosying up to banks, privatisation measures etc etc – to think that all politicians are after feathering their own nests.  There are terrible tendencies in our parliamentary system: tendencies which favour men over women, white over black or Asian, public-school educated over state educated, and so on.  The House needs huge reform to bring it up to date; and some family-friendly practices wouldn’t go amiss either, as has been shown in the new BBC series, Inside the Commons:


Still, it’s an advance on the days when we were only to be found in the typing-pool or behind the tea-trolley like Gladys, a character featured on the programme.  She’s a cheery soul who sings in the corridors of power and opens up at 7 am.  But I demand to know how much Gladys is paid.  And does she get a taxi laid on to fetch her for work so she can open up?  I suspect not.


Anyway, to return to my original point: the thing is, politics doesn’t just go away when you don’t vote.  They are making decisions every day which may and will affect you, your work and neighbourhood, your rights and freedoms.  As Jean-Paul Sartre put it: ‘Even if you don’t concern yourself with politics, politics concerns itself with you.’

The more people become disaffected, the more they’re going to get away with it.  We must get involved: demand a better system and work to change the present one.  Because no government, ever, asked themselves: ‘Is it worth governing?’

That’s all for now, so until next time:

Go away.

I’m liking this Charlie Brooker sign-off!


2 thoughts on “Politicians Ask Themselves: Is It worth Governing?

  1. I prefer Kirk out.
    I used to be very policitol, knocking on doors,delivering leaflets,making speeches, editing newspaper, for the Libs before the SDP merger and then one day, during a council campaign where i was one of three candidates for the same ward (three councillors elected to the ward) and two ofus wanted to use yellow/orange paper to leaflet with, but the third, Valerie Bill, vetoed that as “Im not going to look like I have jaundice, its horrible”, and that was that. And I thought to myself, “here I am ensconced in a party that I thought was all about democracy and yet here, with a vote of 2 to 1 in favour, still the motion fell. Then there was also the comment from David Wood, who went on to become Mayor, that “You dont see asians in olympic swimming events because they cant float” WTF !!! That was the last election I was involved with. YOu just cant trust any of them, and so who would I vote for? Your idea of voting for the person likely to make less damage is encouraging the person to make damage………….not voting might tell them something else. It was mooted on radio 4 the other day that we should make voting compulsory and that would make it all good again………not one person had the idea that if you force people to vote they will just spoil the ballot papers and make it void, which is the same as not bothering to go to the booth………….The only answer is make people who work voluntarily for the community be members of parliament when they reach the age of 50 and force them to retire at the state age and not allow them to have any other income streams. oh, and ban party polititcs completely………and………….and………….and………you know what, life is maybe too short ?

    1. This is Amanda – still haven’t cracked the problem of how to sign in myself! All power corrupts, or rather the illusion of power corrupts as nobody really has any power. The placement of a None Of The Above or Reopen Nominations box would address some of that I think. The other thing is that politics is about more than voting and you can have such a thing as a diligent constituency MP.

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