We have a democracy (and rightly so) and it has spoken. Dark times I feel for the UK though.
As many of you will wake up to this morning the BNP have gained two seats in the European Parliament. We should not continue to talk about this, just strongly reflect on the way this can affect Britain! Many people that I know sadly are unaware of the responsibilities MEPs have and the implications they can have on the UK and our place in Europe. It has very important legislation. I’m no expert on that but I know people who know nothing about European politics but perhaps they should.
I think there is a real need to educate the public from school age in a compulsory manner to how politics works in the country. In particular we should have a more informed system of what we are voting for (or not voting for). This should not be done in a way of inflicting opinion on any party at all of course; the role there should be for the politicians to promote their party how they see fit.
I think first however, we majorly need to clean up politics and that will be the way to put the faith back in politics. With such a low turn out I think MPs who have falsely claimed expenses should be ashamed of how they have helped to create such this distrust in politics, so people don’t vote at all or they express anger by voting for an extreme party. We see the record decline in turnout for these elections. The turnout officially estimated at just over 43% was the lowest in the history of the elections. I think the expenses issues in the UK have helped overshadow the more important issues of the EU we face as a country, particularly with such a strong media coverage we have had.