While walking around in Catford South were I am selected to run as a Conservative Candidate in the next Local Government election, and while delivering leaflets with my colleague I started to reflect and ponder on these questions “why does one enter into representational politics Is it to serve or to have power? While both may be correct in that you need the power to serve and you also need to serve to have political power is that correct?
Back in Jamaica it has always been common knowledge that many good persons enter politics for the sole reason of wanting to make a change but somehow and somewhere they change or become less effective in that they become redundant where the zeal and fire is lost, and where they are changed into the system than the other way around.
Can there be real, generous politicians with integrity that mean what they say and live up to their word? With the expenses saga in the British Political system and with the style of politics back home where there is lack of confidence in the political fraternity, how can politics and the integrity of it be return to being an office of integrity and substance should this not be a natural phenomena and not an alien act?
I raise this point as it is crucial for more to enter representational politics especially those of marginal groups and also which is the key the majority of the poor. This is one of the reason why the expense saga need to rectified and be equitable with fairness and balance as those who are not well off will find it very difficult to start the process of seeking political office and I am of the view that political participation is the key to diversity.
I do welcome your views and comments.
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