A sign of things to come?


3649338816There are no indications that David Cameron offered to play Bingo or drink any Beer with any of the Party workers or other Pensioners present when he visited Peacehaven yesterday. The visit, in this case hosted by SAGA magazine is part of the way through the longest election campaign that we have ever been subject to in the UK. At some point in the next 14 months, it might dawn on people like David, Ed, Nick and of course Nigel that we can only tolerate so much before we will expect answers to the real questions that are discussed when these men and their friends meet behind close doors. Sadly for people in places such as Wealden, Chichester, Mid Sussex and several other safe seats in Sussex, there will be very few opportunities to meet these Political heavyweights face to face. Out of shot of the photo above sits Simon Kirby, MP for Peacehaven, and Maria Caulfield, prospective Parliamentary candidate for Lewes, the neighbouring constituency. Both these seats are target seats for the Conservatives and so there will be plenty of activity by people such as David Cameron. However anyone who thinks that the Prime Minister and his colleagues are interested in all 650 constituencies, will soon work out that this is not the case. We live in an unequal society and whilst political inequality is perhaps less important in the short term than social and educational inequality, its impact is no less toxic. My vote in the next General election is worth a great deal more to the Political Parties than if I lived in Uckfield or Crowborough. David Camerons visit to Peacehaven comes only days after that of Iain Duncan Smith to Portslade on the Western flank of the City. In that case the visit was to prop up the electoral prospects of Mike Weatherley. However what these visits cannot do is repair the damage caused by these men and their colleagues in their failure to engage with electors over legislation such as the Lobbying Bill which was passed by the Government despite widespread disquiet, or explain why they are being so coy over the current changes to the Criminal Justice System that will impact the lives in our communities just as much. What we need are politicians who are willing to engage with electors on terms that the voters think are important, not to pop into a community centre for a meeting with a few residents surrounded by dozens of party members and then call it democracy.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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