Re: The problem isn't how they play the game called democracy
Several problems with democracy
Yes, you are right, we are nothing more than statistics to be lied to and manipulated to get what 'they' want
We also send our votes away and have no real way of checking if we are being lied to
We don't have any representation in the UK, the MPs who are supposed to represent us are all trying to climb the greasy pole and are yes men to the party leader, regardless of what their constituents say
We don't have democracy in the sense that the party leader always gets the votes of 'his' MPs, the parties mainly win over all majorities and therefore the leader is a dictator, reinforced by the media who term any MP voting by conscience or some idea of his constituents... a 'rebel'
We have a situation where we don't have a vote on each law, so you can't cherry pick from the parties what is best, you get a package deal. Worse a package deal where the package isnt what it said on the tin. Even worse is that in most cases (EU, spying on the net, censorship, restriction of rights to protest, bombing the fuck out of another country because the yanks say so) there is no actual choice, no opposition, no questioning.
We have allowed anyone to vote... including those who have no interest in what is going on, those to set in their ways to think and those to plain stupid to wipe their own arse never mind think...
I have several examples from recent elections...
"Cant vote for Milliband, his suit doesn't fit"... yes apparently important because he is representing us on the world stage, of course, the person in question didn't even have a chance to vote for Milliband as he wasn't standing in our constituency.
"Conservatives have lower taxes" ... totally in the face of fact but also amusing as the person concerned doesn't pay tax
"Conservatives always win here so voting for anyone else is a wasted vote".... even when I pointed out that if they always win then voting for them was also a waste it didn't click
From a while back...
"The Sun says that if Labour get in the minimum wage will kill my job" (as a waitress in a fast food chain... a chain who don't pay tax here or a decent wage