Politics has much in common with porridge, in that we have polar views about it, love or hate, regardless we are all aware of it and keen to voice our broad range of very strong opinions about it. Dodgy, sorry stodgy, this post has nothing to do with cooking.

Our global political pond is currently experiencing some real tsunami waves!

  1. Brexit – UK had a referendum, the people voted … so why are petitions and protests erupting? Why did this happen?
  2. Australia’s election count, voted yesterday, indicates doubt of a clear winner and with a ‘hung’ parliament passing anything will become even more difficult! How did this happen?
  3. Pending US election has the world reeling in disbelief – what the?

It does seem like the public, the general masses, are most disenchanted even disengaged from the whole political election process – so disengaged that they could even be disassociated from the political arena – how did this happen? Disenchanted with the system people feel ‘unheard’; that politicians are completely unaware of their needs and dissatisfaction. Experience indicates that politicians will say absolutely anything to get votes but seldom ever deliver; that those in power have lost touch with the reality of their people’s very real issues.

Why are the dysfunctional DT-type people – we’ve all got them – gaining so much power as they rant about immigration and are so openly racist? They’re Hitler like stance to establish an Aryan society by excluding – and in some places still exterminating – anyone with different religious or cultural ideology.

Yet borders have been blurred with more global mobility allowing far more choices of location and work plus social media and internet access enabling more inclusivity – I know which I’d prefer, how about you?

Do we need to rethink our version of democracy; of elections and governance; of reconnecting with real people and their issues?

Some suggestions are that action is needed to address the widening gap between have and have not; to ensure the seriously poor in our own countries have sufficient food, shelter, education and health coverage. That if we start wars then we need to take responsibility for the people we displace by initiating them.

We as individuals, as voters, need to make our voices heard during the voting process not complaining afterwards … let’s expand that common ground, find that great big melting pot and ensure inclusivity … reject exclusivity!

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