Sir Humphrey Appleby
So apparently this is a bit more commonplace
Good afternoon chaps o/,
I’m sure you’re all perfectly distracted by the on-going election which, though close, is not conclusive (yay an actually fought election for once). I would just like to make a few comments in general about the state of eUK politics that have been bugging me for some time, and which I feel the debate yesterday highlighted but did not address (whether or not this is actually read given the sheer constipation of our top 5 remains another matter).
We are in a huge rut. We have got it all wrong. Rahahahahablahahahaha. Quite.
It is as we go to the hustings, for what seems like the 100th time, the media is again clogged up, with an entire campaign eclipsed by funds spent with the soul aim at keeping it safely out of view. No political party is innocent from this tactic, but it is clear from the last few elections (particularly congress) that this is a recurrent theme that only a few are happy with and only a few are probably going to repeat. You need only ask the voters club moderators to get a handful of names that are personally squaring up their retirement fund. And is it this votes for money sort of ethos that has taken over the eUK that I would like to focus this article on.
Mainstream political parties have lost their nerve because they are no longer about policy but fighting an unwinnable front of free stuff. This means that actual contributions and ideas for community, genuine loyalty and identity – in fact, willingness to participate truly at all; is based not around ideological correspondence or individual fervour; but the highest bidder. ‘Our policy, in reaction to your policy of upping your supply, is to up our supply. Join now for your membership bonus.’ And it is in the history and intent of these puppet masters with their rl funds do we see a permeation of fundamentally negative anti-community policies and a commitment to continue poaching, spamming and division until they get their way.
The NHS was founded so that the first month of a New Players life would be supported by the community, not a single political party. This, supposedly, would form the main bulk of their main needs for what is often cited as the hardest time in eRep, and let them get a feel for the place and making considered decisions non-biased rather than rushed ones on a fancy Q7 tank. When I started out on eRep all those sorry years ago, I got a grand total of sod all –anything that was thrown my way I was grateful for. But above all, I wouldn’t have particularly known if the bloke handing me this free stuff’s intentions were genuinely towards the betterment of the nation. Nor would I have known today if that’d been the case (I’d have probably quit when the metaphorical tap was turned off). However, the NHS is now a lone voice among a huge chorus of party-political bidders – and those not willing to melt rl funds in the process of it will never be able to compete and are doomed to stagnation and regular poaching by those that will.
A party should not be an organisation that can simply offer the most amount of free stuff. Sure, free stuff is great – but on a new player basis it should be mainly a community activity rather than a party one. Having outrageous handouts based on party membership destroys whatever community aspect that could’ve been a part of it. The true success of a party isn’t the number of weekly claimants it boasts, but the enjoyment of the conversations you have, the time you spend in it, the collective effort you make rather than simply rallying around a single one or two people. One of the main reasons I’m still here isn’t a handout scheme, but the value and fun from my friends in my own party in UK Reform. They’re all crazy bastards and I’m not sure where I’d be without them (probably the Hague).
Yesterday’s debate proved that policy is largely irrelevant in UK politics nowadays (not that this is anything new). I will say honestly that I feel neither candidate did particularly well in their duty of creatively regurgitating old ideas (a crucial skill in modern CPism). But I feel it is more disappointing that it isn’t this lack of real new policy that has been the deciding factor here, nor will even 80% of the eUK electorate be concerned about it (and they are more than entitled to not be). Rather, when we see the creation of new parties that doesn’t even bother to hide up its policy about not having any policies (bar a few tonnes of free tanks) – when we will finally get to the point where, as a country, how much do you value your vote at? How much do you value your own participation in the game at? To what extent are you prepared to allow yourself your own identity to balance out against the wishes of our dear residential paymasters?
Just imagine the potential, as a nation, if these giant pots of rl money were redirected by their host few to the efforts of a national community rather than a narrow party political movement (with more than a few strings attached). I think you may be able to get your rubber then.
Yours, as always,
You would be surprised just how rubber some people of the eUK want
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