I am not sure why we need to hold an election. I have no problem with our democracy’s desire to establish the will of the people, but this costly and complicated process will only tell us what we already know from the dozens of experts that have taken over our TV screens. Between news broadcasts and election-special broadcasts, we are given minute-by-minute predictions, with graphs and diagrams to show the state of play. The election itself has become almost irrelevant. The “experts” already know the outcome.
Why do we need to be told, on an hourly basis, which party has “gained” a seat, which party has “lost” three seats? If we can just wait a few days, we will have the only meaningful figures; the final election results. The pre-election babble does not help the public; it just pays the “experts” salaries and makes the TV programmer’s life easier.
I have a few suggestions for the “experts” and political commentators that could really help me decide who will get my vote.
- What are the candidates’ policies? I would like to know what they intend to do when they are in office. Vote for Me is not a policy. A candidate who just wants to be elected, but has no idea what he is going to do for me and my country, is not getting my vote.
- For candidates who have already served in past governments, it would be very interesting to see a comparison between promises made in past election campaigns and their actual performance while in office. We cannot seriously consider a candidate who promised to improve healthcare, schools and bring peace but then spent his term warming a chair and lining his pocket. The TV experts have access to recordings of past year’s political broadcasts; let’s have some serious analysis.
- We should be allowed to judge the value of the “experts” predictions. It should be easy to compare their charts for previous elections with the final results. All the data is out there. Just how accurate were the “experts”? If they were accurate, we don’t need the election, if they were not, we don’t need the “experts”.
And it you are still confused, why don’t you Vote for Me. I promise Free Beer For All The Workers – we can all drink to that!