London - Demonstrations
Walking up Regent Street, during an eventful Saturday, I accidentally stumbled across a protest demonstration.
By chance, the day before, I had been researching Baudrillard's codes and the political economy of the sign.
Set against the background context of the prestigious shops, their brand advertising and sophisticated, high-value real estate, I was struck by the irony that history, democracy, and politics have failed the voting public.
The nearby dilapidated TUC House and Maynard Keynes’s Camden home, are symbolic relics of the narrative, aspirations and values of a significant number of people in the country. They have been deleted from the agenda and policies of parliament and local councils.
How can a so-called democratic country neglect and ignore these views? A government elected on a mandate of only thirty-seven percent of voters in the national elections acts like an authoritarian, one-party dictator state.
The protesters' sign’s, symbols and slogans are unambiguous. They clearly express not only viewpoints but more importantly the harsh realities of existing with little to survive on.
These humanitarian values are contrary to what George Osborne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, presented in this week's budget. Higher tax ratepayers got a break and people with disabilities bore the brunt in reducing the nation’s budget deficit.
Ian Duncan Smith resigned at the shenanigans and the political posturing for the leadership of a divided Conservative Party. As per the well-rehearsed historical script, the Tories are going through their regular second term ritual of destroying their credibility.
The Labour Party has now gone very quiet after its own lunatic leadership fiasco. Can they believe their luck? Instead of being out of power until 2025, a window of opportunity has now suddenly opened up and presented new opportunities.
To be successful, socialists need to refresh and update their language and rhetoric. Like the demonstrator’s placards, they are past their sell-by date. The weakness is always in left-wing economics and cuckoo land fiscal policies. Ask anyone with an iota of intelligence. Marx was a great political theorist. The City of London has been successful in exploiting his concepts, but the Left is beached high and dry for not delivering a successful economy for voters to buy into. It does not help the people the protestors are advocating for.
A political commentator in her recent column in The Times asked why demonstrators bothered. Nobody ever paid attention to their protest anyway. Could they not find new ways of getting their point across?
This view, the arrogance of the ruling conservative party and the media sharing this viewpoint, is the crux of how corrupt, obsolete and the pointlessness of a two-party, first past the post, antiquated parliamentary system. The home of democracy? What does that mean? The question to ask is who hold's power and how is it exerted? Think about it.
Today's political news about a resignation, disability benefits, and the London demonstration presents contradictions and highlights the nadir of a system that does not work for the majority of people.
I am setting out the scene on where I stand and my viewpoint. Very close to where I took these images, I went to the University of London and as part of my post-grad research focused on the American political philosopher, John Rawl's, ' Principle of Redress'. Whether applied to civil rights, the law, politics or special needs, it is an excellent and proven concept.
I note that George Osborne has delivered a Herculean performance in saving the economic credibility of the country. The impact has created jobs and employment in the private sector. He has destroyed his astute reputation in his eight budget by hitting the weakest section in society. People receiving disability payments are the target whilst those earning hundreds of thousands of pounds get of with tax perks. This is why I am highlighting the political signs and symbols of today's activist. The advertising in Regent Street and the political signs are a reflection of Baudrillard's insights. New successful solutions and policies that bring communities together are required.
The Donald Trump's of the world and professional politicians need to up their game. We the electorate, the voters are tired of the misuse of the political system. Where have all the great leaders gone?
Today we need great leaders that can reach out to all segments of society and work on behave of all communities, not George Osborne's champaign drinking business owners and elite friends.
Representation in politics needs to move towards proportional representation. A more inclusive society will help make democracy work. Anything else is a sham. Just go and observe your local council in a two-party council chamber. You will cringe with embarrassment.
Today’s demonstrators were representing those in greatest need. John Rawls and Ian Duncan Smith made strong cases for these people. There is much more to be done.
For your information, I spotted this in the NYT:
By MARK R. RANK and THOMAS A. HIRSCHL
What are the chances you will experience poverty in the near future?”