What i have discovered recently is that 'the politics of life' doesn't recognise party boundaries. 'The politics of politics' could so easily be renamed 'the politics of the party' as it is almost totally focused on the issues surrounding the party divide. With it comes the point scoring, the blaming, the rhetoric and shouting incoherently from the back benches.
It is this distinction that has made it so difficult for me to vote, and i find it almost impossible to tell you what party i support.
In fact, the bridge between 'the politics of life' and 'the politics of politics' is built when we try to define our politics. Once we say what our politics is, it becomes difficult to go back on that. My politics changes every day, depending on what is happening to me, my friends, my family, my community, my country and my world. Our elected politicians, on the other hand, have no choice but to stick valiantly to their party politics. My freedom to change my beliefs at any time liberates me from others' expectations and allows me to consume information, process it, and reshape my beliefs. I allow myself to perform the most outrageous u-turns, and i am proud to admit that. I am not so stubborn and proud to admit when i am wrong and publicly change my view.
I would like to see politicians who focus on their values before their policies. If i was asked what my values are, i would immediacy say that i have Labour values. If i was asked what party i support, i would say 'i don't know'.
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Could this be too idealistic? The current Commons culture makes is impossible to have a successful political career while sticking to your values. We need a Commons culture revolution in order to break the cycle of 'politics of politics' and return to what is important to us, the citizens of the UK.