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How politician and governments make policies

Monday, 26 March 2012
When politicians go down on their knees to plead for the votes of the population, one questions why? The view that governments draw policies based on democratic principles has been tested and proven as a failure after a cursory examination of the way the British political mechanism runs.

The government of David Cameron is a real test of how real democratic principle works. This is because when the popular votes are assessed, policies should in most cases be tailored towards that.

When Cameron took over control to head the coalition government in the UK, all thought that the UK would see a political redefinition that will usher Britain into a new phase of economic and political renaissance. But that government has tended to be a government of arrogance, under table deals, broken promises and total derailment of the promises made before assuming office.

Before coming to office, Cameron promised to cut down the huge deficit the country was running, restore economic growth, cut down benefit dependency, check immigration which for the British, it was sky rocketing and to make British institution more efficient so British will be the best place to do business.

Two years now in charge the country is still struggling and seemingly having no particular direction to move to. The Chancellor of the Exchequer just passed his budget last week and the reaction from that budget has not been good. The opinion polls took thereafter shows a tumble in favour of Labour which is also struggling with its own leadership tussle. But analyst agreed that Ed Milliband, the leader of the labour party upped his game during the budget session interaction with the government.

Back to policies, why has Cameron detracted form most of the promises he made before coming to office? How is Cameron running Britain and how is the British government making policies? Is there really a democracy in Britain or a club where the rich and famous shape policies?

To have a glimpse of answering the above questions one just have to look at the latest embarrassing event that emerged from the higher ranks of the Conservative party on Sunday.

This tends to reflect how the government of Cameron makes polices. Wealth party leader could donate lots of money to the Conservative party so as to have access to shape policies. According to British channel 4 news, David Cameron entertained donors who had given the party more than 50,000 on four occasions at the Downing Street flats, not the party headquarter, since the 2010 general election.

This follows the British paper, Sunday Times, exposure on Sunday via a video in which a Conservative party treasurer boasted how with a donations of 250,000 the donor would be given access to the prime minister at his home in Westminster and an opportunity to feed into policy making.

As such the donors who have experienced the prime minister's hospitality include businessmen Lord (John) Sainsbury, Anthony Bamford, David Rowland and Michael Hintze.

Mr Bamford, chairman of JCB, has personally donated more than 75,000 to the Conservatives over the last decade, while his company gave more than 250,000.

Conservative peer, Lord Sainsbury has given more than 400,000 over the past five years and David Rowland, a property tycoon, has donated more than 4m since 2009. According to these figures from the British Electoral Commission, Mr Hintze, who made his money from hedge funds, has donated 1.3m in the last 10 years.

Therefore in answering our key question how does politicians make polices, it looks like with these large sums of money, they with the large sums influence polices.

According to Mr Miliband, leader of the Labour opposition party, "the revelations this weekend concern the prime minister's office, his policy unit, and his judgement," he said. "This represents grave accusations about the way access is gained and policy is made."

So a pattern has now emerged that policies are not just made as promised. They are influenced by forces which only through luck we can come by. It also comes clear as to why politician when elected to power tend to carry out policies not those which they ran on.

This is exactly how politicians make their policies - look at so - called leading democracies such as the USA and even Sweden.  The common man only has to help the politician into power and then they’ll start dancing the tune of the wealthy.
By Team (London)

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