A group has been started on Facebook to bring to people’s attention that before rushing into a General Election, in which MPs will get a ‘good kicking’ but solve nothing, that maybe a Government of National Unity would be able to clean up the current crisis in the UK’s Parliament.
Facebook Group: We Need A GNU
Having a GNU is not a new idea and was recently proposed as a piece of fantasy politics at the last Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth (2008).
During a debate about the financial crisis the chairman Michael White put the question to Dr Vince Cable and Charles Clark. You can read about it in his Guardian blog posting “Financial crisis may lead to government of national unity”
He also writes: “It is no longer impossible to imagine that a wider reconstruction of government might be needed if the Wall Street and world storm gets much worse. We had a wartime coalition in 1915-18, another after the financial crash of 1931, a third from May 1940 to July 1945. ”
However no one thought that the storm would unearth greed so close to home and cause such anger in the country.
Although judging by today’s events involving the Speaker in Parliament (BBC: Speaker announces he is to quit) , this article by Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail could be almost prophetic: “Ditch Speaker Martin, make Vince Cable Chancellor and freeze out the Tories… is this Brown’s masterplan for 2009?”
But no one’s plan had MPs in disgrace. Through their own making these elected members have brought shame upon their profession and seem incapable of delivering a cohesive solution.
Around the country faith has been lost in their ability to act for the people.
The UK needs politicians to work together without trying to gain points off each other; it needs the parties to stop spinning their way out of trouble by telling the truth, and the country needs to be shown that this elected group of men and women, can solve problems through collaboration and the sharing ideas.
During this crisis of confidence the UK needs a Government of National Unity (GNU): all parties facing the same problems in the same direction.
The aims of the GNU could be this:
1.Return the Houses of Parliament to a reputable state.
2.Allow time for MPs to prove to their constituents they are suitable to continue.
3.When those two objectives are reached a General Election should be called to let the electorate decide who they want in Parliament.