By Mark Horler, Simpol supporter, blogger and networking officer.
It seems only fair, having looked at Miliband’s performance at the Labour conference, to do the same for Mr Cameron in Manchester.
After his opening remarks, Cameron began his speech proper with the following statement:
“people have very clear instructions for this government: lead us out of this economic mess, do it in a way that is fair and right – and, as you do it, please build something worthwhile for us and our children. Clear instructions, clear objectives and, for me, a clear understanding that in these difficult times it is leadership we need…”
To be honest I find it hard to know where to start with this. So I’ll take it one remark at a time:
- Lead us out of this economic mess – That’s some chutzpah there! The two main parties have been telling the same economic story for years. The main problem though is that this statement takes as a given that it is even possible for this government (or any national government acting alone) to take us out of this economic mess. This economic mess is global – it’s story is one of globalisation, ever increasing corporate power and commensurately decreasing democratic power via national governments. To get out of this economic mess requires truly radical global reforms – reforms which are well out of reach for any one national government!
- Do it in a way that is fair and right – There are all sorts of progressive movement organisations that have been, for the past year, noting and publicly decrying the total lack of fairness in austerity programs both in Britain and elsewhere in the world. It has been shown over and again that austerity programs increase inequality and hit the most vulnerable hardest. Yet they do nothing to challenge the global status quo that is the real root of our problems.
- As you do it, please build something worthwhile for us and our children – well, this just takes the biscuit doesn’t it?! The way we live now we are putting every single future generation across the world at risk. We are putting our future as a civilisation and perhaps even as a species at risk. Somehow I don’t think cutting budgets in one country is enough!
- for me, a clear understanding that in these difficult times it is leadership we need – Is it? Is it really? Or is it time we realised that nation centric governments acting alone and competitively with no real power or policy in an increasingly desperate world is just not enough anymore. Isn’t it actually time we saw that governments are being overrun by the pressure of destructive international competition. Is it not time that we, the people, take back the power, make our own agenda across the world and drive our governments to implement that People’s Agenda? The huge numbers of protests springing up across the world from – western democracies to the Arab spring – suggest that it is indeed very much time for those realisations and actions to take place. It is consensus and cooperation and direct global democracy we need – not more of the same failing system!
It’s not for Simpol to judge any party on national issues – Simpol deals only with global issues. But the statements being made by Cameron (and others across government, Labour and Lib Dem parties) are inextricably tied up with – yet strangely silent on – global issues.
It’s time for us to do it for ourselves. Join Simpol; join our open, free and participative global democracy. Join us in really making the difference to get our WORLD working… together.