Let’s have Tony Benn’s Democratic Revolution. Now.
The most revolutionary idea is democracy. If you have power, you use it to meet the needs of your community. As Tony Benn explains here “People who are poor, demoralised and frightened are easy to control.” This is how the very rich exert control – ensuing people are so downtrodden, so much ridden by debt, misery and pessimism, they have no desire to vote. “If the poor were to turn out and vote for people who represented their interests, that would be a real, democratic revolution.
The Capitalist idea of choice is a myth, if you are poor, you have no freedom to choose. A healthy, educated and confident nation is harder to govern. Disaster politics keeps people fearful.
Policies of the Coalition government are widening the gap between rich and poor. Increasingly, high standards of education, and health provision are becoming out of reach of ordinary working people.
To lift the spirits of working people, to give hope to those without work, the hungry, the homeless, and helpless, is the challenge to our political representatives. Ordinary working people who understand people’s needs, have empathy and the courage to change the system should be given a voice in parliament. If it is Labour who will be given that voice, they need to convince a demoralised, disillusioned electorate to use their votes and oust this awful government. The People’s party, the Labour party, should be giving a platform to ordinary men and women. Then people will come out and vote in their droves, and learn to believe in a better future, just like they did in 1945.
Labour must show they have the courage to challenge the establishment, reject neoliberalism, and the system which is corrupt, selfish and greedy. We need to hear convincing policies from Labour which reject austerity , and the deficit lies . Be brave, Labour. We need that democratic revolution now, for all our sakes.