Hung Parliament or Hung Government?

Participatory Democracy NOW!

As we have been saying on this blog, see 1917 or 2017 for example, this is not an election that addresses our real concerns today, in the 21st century. Nor addressed how British people might actually live and work, outside the bubble of the financial district, now and in the future of these “disruptive” times. In the main we agree with the Age of Anger analysis, by Pankaj Mishra, that globalisation, social media and the “war on terror” are the key issues today and think that this is a helpful framing device for current and forthcoming political discussions about life and work in both the UK and the EU about how we might get through the 21st century.

Consequently we believe that a hung parliament is a wonderful outcome to #GE2017. Perhaps a real debate about how we create a socially-just society, from which a socially-just economy could emerge, might become part of the political discourse, not just #Brexit brutality, blame culture and media trivialisations.

I’ve already tweeted that our call for Citizen-generated Contexts and a bottom-up political process, is now even more relevant. The current ongoing constitutional crisis in the U.K. highlights the inability of our existing political class, schooled in the 19th century arrogance of Victorian social elites, to understand the world that is right in front of them, rather than the glorious English history they prefer to look at.

Our 1689 political system, with its usefully unwritten constitution, and dependant on the past certainties of the nation-state, remains a bulwark of  useless hierarchy in an emerging networked age. We could be building a society that pleases us instead of being fearful about everything around us.

This is more a hung government that a hung Parliament. As I described in 1989, we could be writing a constitution for a networked society based on a digital economy in which everyone partakes, not just absent owners in Silicon Valley.  In EU terms we could make the principle of subsidiarity a key principle of devolving decision-making to the lowest level and trust ourselves and not the political elites who continually seek to diminish us.

Fred Garnett

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