Dear Leader

If your government (local or national) accomplishes one thing this year, what would you like that to be?

My ideal world is largely planned out. Money would be no object, meaning I’d go back to uni to study Optometry and volunteer my services where they were needed as and when I see fit. I would still have my current house, but might also have somewhere to live and share with friends and family in various places around the world. I would drive a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato when not using the sensible car to go out with my beautiful wife, two children and two huskies (Derek and Finley) to have pancakes and coffee for breakfast before walking on the beach. We would holiday a few times a year – a winter sports holiday, a beach getaway and a Christmas trip to New York where we would ice skate and shop in FAO Schwarz.

IMG_2514Moo Cat would keep things ticking over at home while we’re away.

Unfortunately I live in a world where I’m paid to manage databases and spreadsheets and I need to go every day. The car’s primary purpose is to get me to work and while pancakes do happen, my personal situation somewhat limits the rest.

My real world is run by a democratically elected government whom the country think are the best to the job, whether that be genuinely the best people or simply the best of a bad bunch. I missed the election in 2010 because I was working in Belgium so being able to exercise my right to vote earlier this year was quite a big deal for me.

There were two things that struck me about the whole election thing. The first was how many people seemed to vote against one party rather than in favour of another. Their vote was a negative tactic rather than positive affirmation. The second thing was the reactions of people to others who voted differently to them. There was no “well, it was your right to vote for them and I understand why you did it”. It was far more “You voted for them?! The world will now end / would have ended, sucked into a blackhole constructed from the sheer evil of our new / would be government”.

This led me to thinking about why there was such a great divide in ideas about who should run our country. In an ideal world the election should just be how we pick a chairman with the final vote on subjects where they can’t decide and everything else is even. I believe, perhaps naively, that most people know what is best. Instead of turning on PM’s Questions and seeing both parties belittling each other, I would like to see them admitting to understanding the other’s point of view and working towards a common balance. So what I wish my government could achieve this year is the understanding that working together from different perspectives can actually provide better solutions. Why can’t they just get along?

On a more practical level, it would be great if they could reduce petrol prices.

One light, one mind
Flashing in the dark

Minority by Green Day

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