Friday, April 15

Yet Another Political Panel Discussion

This week's City Circle was different from the usual one man show. This time, they decided to host a panel discussion regarding the "Muslim" vote and how we should use it. More info here.

Since this was my second political debate this week, I couldn't help but draw comparisons between the two. Although today's begun with a few standard fare (and pretty redundant in my opinion) points about how we should use our votes etc, things soon became more interesting than the one on Sonia's show.

It seemed that the main conclusions drawn was how democracy in this country is, well, crap. We're told how we shouldn't be apathetic and stuff but a few of the panellists made strong arguments of how it's pointless to discuss who we should vote for, since they're all the same anyway. Criticisms of our current process were made (especially by Javaid and Siddiqui), explaining how the executive is pretty redundant and how if you wanted to drive change the best way to do so would be to learn Tennis and become the PM's gaming buddy.

Other conclusions: That trends are showing less support for Labour this time around from the Muslims. Also Manzoor made a very good point about how we shouldn't be thinking about Muslim Bloc Voting in the first place. Shere Khan, the MCB representative, said that we should vote despite it being a mess - and that we shouldn't stop there. Oh and that audiences, on the whole, are a bit of a shambles!

The debate itself was way too short, but we covered so much more than we did in the two hours on Wednesday. I guess that the two things were aimed at different peoples, but I definitely found myself nodding and listening more in this one.

So, is this a new direction for me? Have I suddenly become politically active? Apart from these debates, I'm currently reading up on political theory and seeing democracy from an abstract perspective rather than just the news and events that I did before. So yes perhaps I am, but it may just be election fever and so phase out after the big day. I guess we'll see.

7 comments:

  1. >> It seemed that the main conclusions drawn was how democracy in this country is, well, crap.

    A bit of a cop out.

    >> but a few of the panelists made strong arguments of how it's pointless to discuss who we should vote for, since they're all the same anyway

    Not necessarily particularly surprising. Although the Downsian[1] model has problems, if, in broad terms, people are normally distributed along a 'left-right' continuum, where do you expect major parties to locate? Around the mass!

    And it's stupid to expect the parties to offer anything revolotionary. What we really have (magna carta, civil war etc. aside) is an evolutionary system, and a slowly evolutionary one at that. It's a system, that compared to most others has had a bit of a while to bed down.

    >> Criticisms of our current process were made (especially by Javaid and Siddiqui), explaining how the executive is pretty redundant...

    Just out of interest, did they "explain" this or just state this? And if they explained this, they know how?



    [1] Anthony Downs, 1957, An Economic Thoery of Democracy.

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  2. >>yawn@Osie

    quite an interesting post. punctuate it with lyrics or something

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  3. >quite an interesting post. punctuate it with lyrics or something

    whatever. go talk to the hand..

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  4. >> yawn@Osie.

    well we could just giggle and talk about Hrithik instead.

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  5. yes...heehee...oooo hrithik!!!!

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