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Commons Speaker John Bercow On Voter Apathy
Commons Speaker John Bercow has told Sky News he believes voters feel let down by mainstream political parties because they have not got what they voted for.
In a stinging verdict on the local election results, which saw poor turnout and a drubbing for the coalition, he suggested people felt disillusioned because the parties are "quite similar" and there "isn't a huge choice".
The speaker, who is expected to remain politically impartial at all times, claimed many people are "suspicious or even despairing" about the political system.
In an interview for the Murnaghan programme, to be aired later, Mr Bercow said: "To some extent, (people) are suspicious or even despairing of formal politics as a means to give expression and effect to what they want.
"I think there is a wider dissatisfaction that people feel partly that the parties are still quite similar and perhaps there isn't a huge choice, and partly they feel, well 'I said what I wanted, and I voted accordingly, but I haven't got what I wanted or what I voted for two years ago'."
Mr Bercow admitted he is not "bosom pals" with David Cameron.
Pictures showed the Prime Minister scowling during Mr Bercow's speech at the Queen's Jubilee address in Parliament's Westminster Hall.
The speaker raised eyebrows by describing the monarch as a "Kaleidoscope Queen" during the historic event.
He said: "I have a good and constructive relationship with him (Mr Cameron). If you're asking are we bosom pals, no we're not, but we don't need to be, nor should we be."
The speaker added: "I saw that he was caught in the camera shot - is that something that I've ever discussed with the Prime Minister? No it isn't... Am I in any way bothered about or prickly over a thing like that? No, not at all.
"I was trying to express what I thought was quite an important concept - namely that there has been dramatic change, in my view change for the better in this country which is vastly more diverse than ever before, and much of that change and increased diversity has taken place during the period that Queen Elizabeth has been our monarch."
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Mr Bercow says "many people are "suspicious or even despairing" about the political system". I would add people are also despairing over the politicians themselves and their qualities. In all my life I dont remember such a poor choice in all main parties
Mr Bercow is stating an opinion that the public has been aware of for ages,but how do you get rid of self serving, untrustworthy politicians,ask them to step down, the ones who flipped mortgage's and had to pay back expenses,would be a start,but the status quo are to arrogant to accept this simple request.
To make the system fairer, just allow only multinational companies to vote. After all they run the country via manipulation of EU policy.
Not " Apathy " Mr. Bercow " Antipathy ", but you are right about one thing ; there is no end to it in sight.
It is politicians like John Belcrow and his attention seeking wife that create the voter appathy The glossy packaging at election time, once removed reveals just another dull self serving individual throwing the occasional scraps to the public to keep their party in power as long as they can hold on we the public are only required when these grubby little men wish to receive another 5 year of our cash
This stupid idiot and his publicity seeking wife are exellent indicators why poeple are sick of the whole system. If the MP's stopped naval gazing and actually asked the people what they wanted instead of telling them we get somewhere. I'm sick to death of happy marriage etc, what about concentrating on getting the country back on track and work for all our benefit not just theirs.
They know full well what the people want but they bluntly refuse to be diverted from their self appointed task of trying to persuade us that we need something else -- " internationalism - globalisation - multiculturism.
Why are people gazing at the Royal Navy? Don't you mean navel gazing. It is rather different, you know.
I used to be a Lib Dem voter. I however wanted Labour to go into coalition with them in 2010, I would even have accepted Gordon Brown as Prime Minister. Personally I only think the Tories should have taken over, if they were prepared to govern on their own. You can take it that I have given up on the Lib Dems because the got caught on Parliament's expences scandal- there was a candidate in Worcester who stood on reform of expences he got my vote. Now if I vote in elections it will be for reformers (it helps that there has never been a Lib Dem candidate in my Wards at local elections in Worcester).
Apathy!!!!In my ward we had 5 up for election. We only had 2 leaflets, Con and Lab. If the candiates cannot be bothered to canvas, why should we bother to vote?
We had a similar situation here, except that the leaflets came from the TRories, LibDems and SNP, but notghing from Labour, the Greens or an independent.
The reason we have the politicians we've got is because people take no interest and don't vote. Nothing will get any better if WE do nothing to change it. If we ALL exercised our franchise things would get better!
I had two choices to vote for, Conservative or Labour who I detest equally, so I didn't vote. However if there had been an Independant candidate standing who was representing the good of the people, I would have been queueing up to vote first. It is not voter apathy, it is lack of choice to blame for the low turn out.
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For once, Bercow has got it right. Even worse than voter apathy is activist apathy, and I think Cameron will suffer especially badly from that come the next general election. I used to spend hours and days distributing leaflets or canvassing for the Tories, but NOT now!
How is it the speaker is more intouch with the people than the PM?
It seems like all 3 major parties are pretty much the same and the candidate with the most votes gets the ridiculously well paid job. I found it difficult to pick any of them even though it was only a meaningless council election
M.P.`s hand picked by central Party not like it use to be by members usually screened by the C.IA. always worked inside politics never a proper job I.E.shop floor ,shop steward small business people, factory owners. The only jobs they get is directorships and consulting work for favour `s jurying their term in office or into banking and city !!NOT THE REAL WORLD.