Its 2010 already. It hardly seems 10 years since all those celebrations of a new millennium coupled with new hope for a century destined to leave the old orders behind.
How wrong could we have been. Its been a full 10 years of destructive policies, crooked politicians and a corporate takeover by the European Union. A decade where the doors of nepotism, cronyism, lying, cheating, deceit and corruption have been thrown open to our political class, and to my disgust is now considered the norm in politics.
I have long argued that this kind of politics, the theatre, must end, which is one reason why I am involved with the Albion Alliance.
The objectives are simple.
1. To address the democratic deficit in the current political system by ensuring that MPs place country before political party.
2. To ensure that MPs agree to actively sponsor, promote and support, a Bill in Parliament that allows a referendum of the British People on membership of the European Union.
The initial hard work is now nearly complete.
A website is up and running, an informative look at what we are doing, a forum for discussion on the democratic deficit, a dedicated team of administrators in whose number I count myself, a database listing as many parliamentary candidates as we can find along with their contact details, a growing list of online supporters, and an even bigger list of mailing list supporters.
The Albion Alliance is beginning to grow in shape and form. Our initial mailouts to all the candidates in the database is underway, with responses coming in, some positive, some not, but each and every one is published so the voters can see who is willing to put their interests before that of their respective party. As you can see by the logo to the right of this post I have already made that commitment.
The list of those candidates who have agreed to sign the Albion Alliance pledge is now growing, with the first 10 now on public display. Believe me when I say that our private discussions with some candidates tell me that a lot more will be signing up shortly.
As we expected from those candidates who merely wish to follow their party lines, or those who view their prospective parliamentary role as that of a state representative in their constituency rather than a voter representative in parliament, there are a few more No responses than there are Yes. At the moment.
It is interesting in reading many of the responses how identical the wording appears to be, a clear indication that those responses have been coordinated by central offices rather than coming from the candidates themselves. These candidates are clearly marked out to be the lobby fodder of the next parliament, either unable or unwilling to think for themselves or cross swords with the party whips and the selection committees.
But the Albion Alliance is getting some very positive responses, proving to us at least that the underlying feeling amongst some of the candidates is that there is still some honour to be retrieved in modern political life in the UK.
We are not concerned with the tactics of those central offices, who will try to silence their candidates perhaps with the threat of de-selection should they dare to sign up to the Albion Alliance pledge, for we have another tactic, one which those central offices cannot deal with directly… the voters.
Albion Alliance will soon be launching its voter pledge. This will give the voters of the UK the opportunity to tell their candidates that they will only vote for them if they have signed the pledge.
Polls keep telling us that nearly 70% of UK voters want a referendum, now they have a vehicle and a means to do something about it. When candidates realise that they are more than likely to lose votes if they have not pledged to obtain a referendum for the voters of Britain, we expect some further movement, whether the political parties like it or not.
At the Albion Alliance the view is this. There is little concern as to the outcome of a referendum, that is the subject of a completely different kind of campaign, no, the primary concern is that the future of the UK can only be decided by the people of the UK.
If the sovereignty is to be given away, handed to and retained by Brussels, then it can only be done by consent. That consent, the ability of the voters to grant or deny that consent has never been allowed.
So we are looking for those EU supporters as well as those anti EU voters. This is not about party politics, its about democracy. Are we governed or are we ruled.
The past 10 years has clearly seen us move away from that democratic parliamentary governing that Britain invented and exported across the globe, a democracy that we are all familiar with, to what we have today, a political class employing prime ministerial rule and Statutory Instruments.
That democratic deficit is where we are aiming, but make no mistake, the voice of the people will be heard eventually, the voting public has had enough of being talked down to, treated in an infantile way and ignored, so we are working hard to make it happen through the ballot box.
We at the Albion Alliance cannot do it all, so we look to you for your support, your participation in making the Albion Alliance pledge system work, for everyone.
With your help, we really could make 2010 the year of the voter.