Thursday, 5 April 2018

I. Don't. Care.

One of my bugbears is when people start spouting off that government should care about something, about ethnic minorities, about gender, pay equality, the list of things the government should care about is aparrently endless.

I think entirely the opposite. Goverenment shouldn't care. It is not in the business of caring, it's in the business of governing.

It's Parliament's job to go about the business of running the country. Without (one of my favourite phrases) fear or favour. It should not care what colour you are, it should not care what class you are, it should not care what background you come from, it should not care what religion, neither should it care what race, its shouldn't care what sex you are or what gender you identify as.

It should govern in the name of all people equally. It should govern to the benefit of all people equally.

There is an arm of government that is all about caring and that's the NHS, but they don't control policy, Parliament does. They care for the nation in so far as health both physical and mental and they only advise on policy. It is up to government to take or reject that advice after careful consideration.

Of course politics doesn't allow impartiality. From the get-go, we have left and right, Labour and Conservative. The system is adversarial and polarises the country against each other, rather than unites them.

We have seen this very recently in the Brexit debates, and the last election. We're now seeing it in the Labour party and their anti-semetism.

What is need ed is a new force in politics, one that unites rather than divides, one that doesn't reward priviledge or benefaction.

The more I see of modern politics, the less I like about it.

There needs to be change and that change is to care less and to govern more.

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