Should not integrity and honesty in politics be a natural phenomena and not an alien act?

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.

NB: If you would like to support and assist Sylbourne’s short –term and long-term political campaign by delivering leaflets and canvassing he can be contacted at info@sylbournesydial.co.uk or 07885 297 675

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  1. #1 by Linda Petrusi on November 22, 2009 - 10:30 am

    Your questions are valid Sylbourne and deserve some serious contemplation. I believe to serve and to have power are two different things. It’s kinda like comparing apples to oranges. After reading your blog, I find myself asking even more questions. Can one serve without power? Can one have power without service? How are we defining service? What is the price one pays for running for office? Is it worth it? What is real power? Can one have real power without integrity? Are characteristics such as honesty and integrity natural? Are we born with it? Is it taught? I really don’t know. I do believe people who decide to run for office in general want to make change happen. I believe they are honest. However, as compromises must be met to get your agenda moving forward, I wonder how many politicians start to feel as if they “sold out” to their constiuents? In other words, humanizing politics, politicians, etc. might be one way of discovering if there is integrity in the political system. One thing I find interesting is that you are running as a conservative, yet your views could be considered liberal. How do you think this will play to your conservative constiuents and the underlying philisophy of conservatism?

  2. #2 by Coulette on November 22, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    In my honest opinion, I do believe their can be real honest politicians that live up to their word, however, I do believe there are outside elements that may hinder them from achieving what they intended. In that regard, communication is utmost importance. To truly connect with the community and value their interests. Some politicians forget all that, once they are in power, and to me one should not look at it as a position of power, but a voice for the people. Be honest with yourself and your constituents about your beliefs, and honestly I think it is wonderful you are running in a conservative position, for their has to be balance within each party.

  3. #3 by dee on November 27, 2009 - 10:13 pm

    Hi I have just read your blog (the first) interesting but one needs to question if integrity has ever been integrated in politics. Surely this can be based on the true integrity of the indiviual who participates in the realm of politics. The expenses saga has opened the door finally onto what many of us knew what was going on, this is not integrity but greed on the backbone of the those they were suppose to serve.

    I would like to see you voted in becaouse of what you aim to do and not as a tick box excercise which the UK loves to do.

  4. #4 by sylbourne on November 27, 2009 - 10:18 pm

    Thanks for your comments and the different comments. It is important to me that giving oneself over to serve should be an exercise not for the sake of seeking just power but wanting to serve as you care. Yes I like “serve as you care” people will say I am in a dreamland but I do believe it is possible.

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