Below are two snippets from a blog entry written by a friend of mine. It sums up many of my own thoughts on this subject so I encourage you to go and have a read.
And “power” takes the skulduggery and machinations we know as “politics”.
The smaller parties say it should be proportional. The mainstream parties remain happy with first-past-the-post. The electorate is convinced politics is a bubble whose only concern is to keep “them” in power next time around.
A lot of the political class have been nothing much else. Volunteers, interns, lowly paid flunkies, all hoping to be talent-spotted. And then the prize. Nomination and hoped-for election. All so that each “can make a difference”. Except making a difference is to buck the trend. And power doesn’t come easily to those who do that. Power comes to those who fit-in, who work the machine, who network and accumulate favours by giving favours, who have that infamous black-book of contacts and favours to be returned….[…]….
…….I wonder if that is why the bums-on-seats count is going down. Why people regard themselves as less and less religious. And which absorbs church hierarchies – results in debate (or the reason for never stopping the debate) – trying to make the rules palatable enough to attract new believers – trying to work out if new believers prefer the simplicity of a black and white bible – a “carrot and stick”
belief bible – trying to manipulate the message into the structure of denomination, religion or faith.