I could be talking to myself but this Is what I want to say to Russell Brand. Mr Brand you are right, the political classes are no longer representing the people. We have swayed hugely from the constituency based model where MPs were our representatives to where we try and pick a party that might in someway represent some of what we think we might like or worse still we choose to vote negatively against what we definitely don't want. And all these party members are subject to the whip (insert your own joke here about politicians and whips). As for Mr Webb, he is not looking at how the state chooses to parent your children, telling you when they should learn about sex, drugs or whatever, driving them towards the academic path when the vocational may be better. If only he had understood the Orwell that he read, he would understand that our children are already being stolen from their beds.....not in body, but in mind and agenda, one so pervasive that it often corrupts those out to change it.
Mr Brand I see the need for revolution, but revolution need not be rebellion. Not voting is waving a white flag saying "whatever" a completely passive aggressive response to something that needs change. Wee need independents free of party affiliation who can vote and advocate with conviction who can hear the voice and heartbeat of their community above the monotonous white noise of "The Party". You can be the voice that calls them to arms, yours the banner under which they stand. You don't need to be the prime minister just the catalyst to change the political landscape. Independents could hold the balance of power rather than party men, keeping constituency politics alive.
I realise there is a whole world of work to be done to sift and select candidates. I'll help, I'll bring others to help and when it's done we can all walk away, leaving the independents to be just that. We need change in just one electoral cycle to see a change to how we perceive politics and politicians to take better ownership of their selection.
Sincerely, get stuck in, promote the change and people will gather around to stand with you.
Make the change Mr Brand, make the change.