Restoring Britain [the clue’s in the name] has given a good summary of the state of play in Britain and concludes, about direct democracy:
All I ask (and maybe many others do) is that you be that person that gets the ball rolling where you live. I ask that you start to take it forward. I ask that you be the one that gets out of the chair and starts something. Every movement starts with just one person, that no one ever heard of, starting to spread the message and helping it thrive. If you hope for a better Britain, I’m asking will you be the person that helps build it.
OK, I’ve reprinted that here. There are many issues with a deceptively simple idea though. Sure we can form groups to ask people to do just that, sure we can directly target PPCs and ask them to commit to direct democracy [see sidebar at the end of that link] and we can eventually get many bloggers to carry a logo and blog a bit about these things, as well as telling anyone we know personally about it, writing to papers etc.
So why did it not get anywhere? Why is Richard North’s referism not charging along, enthusing the general population? He has great personal traction, far more than Ian, David and I have and others did get behind referism too. They even had a conference about it I’d like to have gone to.
The answer is manyfold. Traction is the key, as Norman Tebbit said of the lack of it with the Albion Alliance. Somehow, between the noble idea and its execution, things get in the way. People’s pressure of work, their own take on society not being precisely ours, the large number out there steeped in the PC narrative and failing to see the necessity for direct democracy, poor upbringing of the new generation, demoralization across the society in Yuri Bezmenov’s terms, too many other distractions for people, which relegates direct democracy to a low position, the remoteness and general nature of the message to someone in, say, Tesco’s carpark getting the shopping and another reason:
We are bloggers. How many actually read us? Many read Guido but still not a majority. Yet something gets national attention and the idea’s away – UKIP in Eastleigh for example. There’s also the heaviness of the message and too much detail for most people. Ian Parker-Joseph has all the good oil on the EU here yet how many are delving into that each day to see the EU’s latest inanity and/or outrage?
There’s fragmentation – too many campaigns as well. Why is Witterings from Witney not writing of these things at OoL, syndicating his words to various blogs? Why are more not taking it up and referring to it?
Personal jealousies and rivalries, it goes on and on. All these things stop people spreading the word about direct democracy. Focussing on something slightly different. Where David is on about DD, I’ve been on about out of the EU. That’s a factor.
Trolls and shills everywhere on the net to sow discord – that’s a factor. Personal perceptions which can be wrong affect it. At OoL, some held that posting was edited by me. Really? When did I ever edit someone’s post? Quiet Man, Julia? Yet that was the reason given by two libertarians.
Perceptions of the readership itself – oh they’re not going to understand what I write. All they ever talk about is smoking and jobsworths.
There’s another reason – many actually agree with what is being said and the next question is – and what? What now? What do you want us to do about it? Go out into the carparks and spread the word? What word? Where am I going to find time for that and besides, I’d be embarrassed and the local council would send someone to get me.
The long and the short of it is that at least someone always starts to spread the word but then it dies, it inevitable fades into the ether.
So Restoring Britain is a fine chap and I hope everyone reads his piece.