Thursday, 12 June 2008

A new way?

This is interesting.
One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to look at new ways of conducting politics. Weirdly, interestingly inspiration seems to have come from a wholly unexpected source.
David Davis, the Conservative Shadow home secretary has today resigned from the House of Commons. He has done so in order to force a bi-election in his constituency and focus the nation’s attentions on an issue he sees as overwhelmingly important.

You can see his speech here.

Whether or not I care of Mr Davis’ politics is beside the point in this instance, what is interesting is that he is using his position of authority – granted by the current UK political system to grab a platform to debate an issue close to his heart.
You might argue that the issue he has resigned for is of fundamental concern to his constituents – their freedom. You might say that it’s merely a way of grabbing the headlines… If his cause was different PR for example or The Abortion cut off date (all of which could be seen as fundamental to constituents freedom), would it been an equally valid thing to have done.Does this open the flood gates to other politicians grabbing the attention of the nation?
Is it an abuse of power?

If I’m honest, I’m not sure. Either way, and whatever you believe, you’ve got to admire his balls.

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