The leader of the Liberal Democrats sets out his personal beliefs and political vision to create a new political language and a new brand of politics.
Politics and government are in danger of going out of business unless politicians adopt a fresh and innovative approach. In The Future of Politics Charles Kennedy sets out his views on the problems and the solutions – he intends to reinvigorate politics by promoting a new agenda and inspiring a new generation of voters.
Until now politicians have been far too slow to react to the challenges created by the forces of globalization, technology, market liberalization, social division, environmental threats, voter disengagement, issues surrounding individual liberty and devolution. They are still tied to the old models of nation states and parliamentary sovereignty.
Only if liberalization, decentralization and deregulation are promoted can our political system adapt. Kennedy also argues that government should promote greater redistribution of wealth within society, though not simply through the ‘tax and spend’ mechanism.
In The Future of Politics Charles Kennedy has created a new political language and a new form of address which provide radical solutions to the unprecedented problems of our society and the world today.
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In 1999, Charles Kennedy was elected as leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, after a meteoric rise through the party, after becoming the youngest sitting MP of the time following the General Election of 1983. The Future of Politics is intended to define Kennedy's liberal political philosophy, and is a deliberate attempt to bolster perceptions of the Liberal leader as a well-meaning but politically lightweight leader of the nation's third party.
The book stands in a long tradition of books written by political leaders that have a very short shelf life, as they pitch their vision to the party faithful and media pundits in the run-up to the next general election. Nevertheless, Kennedy emerges as a pleasant and principled politician, even if his sentiments, such as "we are in politics to promote the liberty of the individual", lack practical substance. The book ranges across the issues central to Kennedy's leadership of the party--constitutional reform, the environment, Europe and the economy. The tone also veers from the portentous, invoking John Stuart Mill and Aeschylus, to the chatty, as Kennedy encompasses his own Highland upbringing to his views on the current state of the British political system. At times the colloquial style makes Kennedy sound rather naïve, such as when he says that "put simply, my philosophy of government is that it should do less in a few areas, do more in others, and do different in most", but overall this is a sound, sensible and very liberal view of British politics. --Jerry BrottonFrom the Back Cover:
"I genuinely believe that true democracy – one in which every citizen participates – is a sickly child in the Britain of today, and that it needs urgent care and attention to restore it. If we do nothing, and choose to leave the business of government solely to Westminster, and voting to the handful of citizens who still feel that it matters, then I fear for the future of politics."
Without a fresh and innovative approach, politics and government are in danger of going out of business. The British electorate is increasingly dissatisfied with the political process, looking instead to pressure groups to make changes, and turning out for elections in ever-decreasing numbers. The fault, in Charles Kennedy's view, lies entirely with politicians themselves, who are failing to respond to the challenges of the modern world. Politics must be reinvigorated by promoting a new agenda, placing more power in the hands of ordinary people and inspiring a new generation of citizens.
We need to build a genuinely inclusive democracy in which the creativity and drive of individuals are celebrated, and nurture a culture of mutual responsibility, where people see their own actions at a local and community level as vital as the actions of central government.
Charles Kennedy shows that government must be both inventive and sensitive in its response to the deep problems of our society: prepared both to act where necessary and to be brave enough to withdraw wherever this will be most effective.
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