Without a vote and only indirectly affected by the outcome , the UK election hasn't grabbed my attention. I might have missed it but I am not aware any party has any significant proposals re paedophiles and child abusers in politics and public office. I suppose that's only to be expected from the bigger parties given they all have rather tarnished history in this area. But when even the Green Party is accused of playing down the role of climate change, you just know none of them is talking to my interests or priorities. So I have a suggestion for the next 10 day or so to voting day.
There are around 4 million people in the region of Nepal whose homes, livelihoods and useful infrastructure have just been smashed up. This one of the world's poorest countries. If those people do not get water, food and shelter before the date of the UK election then many will die. There is an opportunity here for one or other of the party leaders to do something. To make a difference and convince us they have the common humanity, courage of leadership and ordinary decency that will engage the public. To do something that might just restore the ordinary people's faith in politicians in the UK. My simple and utterly outrageous proposal is this. STOP IT.
Tell your supporters and canvassers, party activists and office staff and anyone who will listen to stop with the silly little he said she said, will they won't they bickering, and turn your efforts and party machinery to raising money and material to help those 4 million in the next 10 days. It is critical to them, its only an election for you.
So Cameron, Milliband, Clegg, Bennett, Sturgeon and the rest, are you leaders and representatives of people or just operators out to get your hand on the levers of power? Are you the sort of compassionate self sacrificing person who Britain might respect and admire as a leader, or are you and your parties electoral interests for the next 5 years the most important thing right now. Are you happy to see up to 4 million die while you scrabble for a bit of power? I wouldn't be. I rather like to think million of electors wouldn't either. Did you enter politics to make a difference? Here's your chance to do just that.