Well, GE2017 was most certainly a massive learning curve for me, not only being the first parliamentary candidate for DDIP but also my first time as standing in a General Election. DDIP was the unknown entity here in Poole, with Greens, LibDem, Labour and Conservative being the other candidates in the race. Poole, is a Tory safe seat and in 2015 the independent who stood here got just 54 votes and Robert Syms got over 23,000. So I was fully aware there was not much chance of me putting much of a dent in his majority, I gained 551 votes in this GE2017 and Syms increased his vote with a massive 28,888 votes. This is the MP that has stood in Poole for the past 20 years and there is a standing joke in Poole that MP stands for missing person, but alas even though he is only ever seen at election time, the people of Poole seem to vote on mass for him every time. To me it makes no sense but as the saying goes “There’s nowt as strange as folk!” Mr FishFinger who was standing against Tim Farron in GE2017, gained over £2,000 on his crowdfunder page and gained a lot of publicity from the media only got 309 votes, so for a first attempt and being an unknown, 551 votes is not a bad result at all.
I would be lying if I did not admit that I am disappointed with my own result as I honestly thought I was going to do far better but I did gain more votes than The Pirate Party candidate in Bournemouth West, so it is pretty obvious now that Britain is now once again a two party state of Labour and Conservative, with no real opposition party anywhere to be seen. During my campaign I spoke with many people about DDIP and how we are a Direct Democracy party that empowers its membership, giving every member an equal opportunity to voice their opinions, to help shape party policies, structure and direction. In DDIP we believe that the people have the answers but we need to get them putting their heads together to find them. Whenever I say to people that in DDIP we believe that the collective thoughts of the many will always find better solutions than the selective opinions of the few, they all agree with that statement. So I know, the DDIP concept is something that people really do like the sound of, now we need to raise the profile of the party so that we can have a real Direct Democracy party here in Britain, that people can get behind and support. Rather than just voting for a party simply because they dislike another party more.
The General Election has clearly shown we are back to being a two party state with the left and right shouting at each other instead of shouting at government and I assure you that both Labour and Conservatives are more than happy for things to continue that way, I wouldn’t be overly surprised if much of what has happened wasn’t done deliberately by both the two main parties. It is now more imperative than ever before that we have a new kind of party in British politics and that is exactly what Demos is bringing to the table. A fairer system of politics will bring about fairer changes and we need to find those who can debate reasonably, from right across the political spectrum, so that we can find the best solutions for the betterment of us all. Let’s stop shouting at each other and start debating to find those solutions, what other party in Britain is actually offering people that opportunity? In DDIP we have created and tested a system that we all know works, now we all need to sell that idea to the people so they get on board to make DDIP work, together we can change British politics for the better. Get your friends, family, neighbours and even those you do not particularly agree with to get on board and lets show both Labour and Conservatives how real people power can make a difference.
Leader – Demos Direct Initiative Party