5 days to go to the end of the Janus Project. This was an interesting story summarising the low (very low) esteem in which our leaders are held. It seems to support the position Russell Brand took on Newsnight a couple of months ago in his face-to-face with Jeremy Paxman. There is disillusionment with an electoral system that does not deliver the goods in a modern society. So why are people angry? Here are some thoughts …..
|I wonder, you wonder why people don’t vote.
It’s because politicians have gotten our goat.
We’re angry at most things politicians say.
We’re angry because deep down we all believe
We’re angry because we think they don’t really care,
We’re angry because we think they favour the rich,
We’re angry because they take us to war
We’re angry because they put themselves first
We’re angry because of their hypocrisy;
We’re angry because we know what the extent is
We’re angry because there are people in the country,
We’re angry because the parties are in essence the same,
We’re angry because the system is broke;
We’re angry, we’re angry but what’s the solution?
|26th December 2013 – headline from the Guardian
Notes: “Fury with MPs is main reason for not voting – poll.” Nearly half of Britons say they are angry with politics and politicians, according to a Guardian/ICM poll analysing the disconnect between British people and their democracy. The research, which explores the reasons behind the precipitous drop in voter turnout – particularly among under-30s – finds that it is anger with the political class and broken promises made by high-profile figures that most rile voters, rather than boredom with Westminster. Asked for the single word best describing “how or what you instinctively feel” about politics and politicians in general, 47% of respondents answered “angry”, against 25% who said they were chiefly “bored”. Negative sentiments vastly outnumber positive, with only 16% reporting feeling “respectful” towards people doing a difficult job.
- Fury with MPs is main reason for not voting – poll | Politics | The Guardian (theguardian.com)
- Three quarters of British voters are either ‘angry’ or bored’ with politicians (independent.co.uk)
- Polls Show Why People are Not Voting…US, ‘Do Nothing’ Congress; UK, Angry with Politicians (goldenageofgaia.com)
- Polls Show Why People are Not Voting…US, ‘Do Nothing’ Congress; UK, Angry with Politicians (aquariusparadigm.com)
- British Politicians Enrage The Public: Voters ‘Angry And Bored’, Poll Reveals (alternativenewsalert.com)
- John Ward – Official: “Online Resistance Movement Right On The Button, Westminster MPs Off In La-La-Land” Says New ICM Research – 27 December 2013 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- Angry voters (economist.com)