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The Economist ~ A nation united

Day 1,681, 10:04 Published in United Kingdom Poland by Iain Keers


Dear friends,

Yesterday I announced my intention to run for national president of the UK. Over the next few days I’ll outline my policies and beliefs which will hopefully guide my Presidency if I’m elected. Normally these things are so much waffle, I’m going to try and be honest. Some articles will be policy, with clear cut decisions I intend to make. Some will be more like this article, which is more about trying to give you a better understanding of me and the way that I operate. At the end of the day you need both these things to make a proper decision on the 5th. I’ll try and be honest about who and what I am. Not a saint by any measure, but hopefully someone who can get a job done properly.


Yesterday in my article I spoke about how one of my major targeted areas was that of national unity. Over the past year or so we’ve seen a total breakdown in unity in the country, a factionalisation of politics and the military that means whoever wins, we all lose. I can only speak for myself, not any party or group, but it’s my heartfelt ambition to end this divide and bring people together.

Before I go into how I hope to do this, let’s look at the division itself. How the natural rivalry between parties became a major problem is simple- a new party. UKPP appeared out of the blue and quickly gained power, rising to be the second largest party in the UK. It had its own forums, its own military and its own way of doing things. Many of its members felt that the rest of the UK had pushed them away, whilst at the same time the older players and parties felt that UKPP was almost a separatist movement. For a long time this meant that the UK was divided into two.


Almost as dramatic as this

It seems though that division has become a habit, and the divides amongst the major parties in the UK have begun to widen from the usual spats and disagreements to being something worse. People have never been so jumpy and defensive, and the slightest argument now escalates out of control. The last vestiges of unity disintegrate when people are refusing to work together because of dislike for each other.

I don’t claim to be an angel in all this. I’m a member of The Unity Party and I can't honestly say our hands have been clean in this. I’m not going to spend my election campaign trying to defend TUP or its members, other than to say that pointing the finger at the past achieves a totality of zero. The way forward for all of us is to wipe the slate clean of past disagreements and try to approach things with an attitude of building for the future.


Nowadays we are seeing an end to the long cold period between UKPP and the main body of the community, but there is still distrust. We have to mend these wounds by bringing UKPP into the fold, giving their members responsibility and leadership positions and offering them the chance to make the changes they want. The same can be said of every party- from the biggest to the smallest. It’s not right that these divides rob us of talent, simply because people dislike one another on a personal level. What happened in the past can’t constantly hold the future to ransom.



Let me explain too what I mean by unity. Some people associate the word with TUP, and that isn’t the context in which I’m using it. Some people too think that unity means conformity, or forcing people to all be the same. Obviously that isn’t true either. I want to be the National President- the leader of the whole country- not just the bit which elected me. To do that you need to embrace all beliefs, backgrounds and communities and use them to work for the greater good of the whole.

The key to my ideal of national unity is that we all agree to talk. It’s as simple as that, but it’s something we’ve lacked for a long time. For it to work, each of us has to accept that all of our opinions are worth listening to, fighting over, and coming to a resolution on. In the past there has been an attitude that if you don’t like something, you just ignore it. Hence why large numbers of congressmen never actually signed in to congress, or why laws and rules were simply ignored rather than addressed or debated.

What I want to see is a lot more fighting. It sounds counter-intuitive, but when someone is annoyed by an idea, or disagrees with a law, the worst possible solution is to ignore it. It’s actually against the whole principle of unity to do that- because by ignoring it you’re actually opting out of the community. By debating, fighting and voting for your changes, you’re accepting the community, and the community accepts you. So you can see straight away that my idea of unity is not to do with binding people to conformity, but quite the opposite- it’s to do with fostering debate and promoting change.

I’m trying to keep these articles readable (under a thousand words) so I’ll leave off there. But I hope you can see that my unity policy isn’t stifling, but is designed to lift the spirit of exclusion that still lurks round the corridors of power. It’s designed to bring people in from the cold. I want players who’ve never dared contribute before offer up their ideas and feel confident they won’t just be slapped down without any justification, but will be given the chance to operate within a system which we can all agree on, and make decisions we can all agree to respect.

Iain



Ps. Again I'm not buying votes for any articles in this campaign, I think it's a sucky way to get your message across and doesn't reflect any actual ingame opinion. If you see articles getting 200+ votes in a few hours... it's bought votes 90% of the time.
 

Comments

Invalidation
Invalidation Day 1,681, 10:05

IMPERIUM

Captain Kushskiller2001
Captain Kushskiller2001 Day 1,681, 10:07

good luck

jedimindtrick
jedimindtrick Day 1,681, 10:09

VOTED

Kravenn
Kravenn Day 1,681, 10:10

the best man at the best place. Vote Iain

tomekfaszcz
tomekfaszcz Day 1,681, 10:11

vote, gl

Jegarmister
Jegarmister Day 1,681, 10:13

Good luck

Thomas765
Thomas765 Day 1,681, 10:21

IMPERIUM

Death and Taxes
Death and Taxes Day 1,681, 10:22

At the very least, he will be entertaining

Stef40
Stef40 Day 1,681, 10:23

o7

Dishmcds
Dishmcds Day 1,681, 10:33

If I vote for you, will you introduce Spanish as a National language, and release all media in it so I can better understand it?

I mean, unity and all.

HUAHUEHUAHUE

Talon Karrde
Talon Karrde Day 1,681, 10:36

I like UKPP

Bindz
Bindz Day 1,681, 10:56

good luck mate

Apathetik
Apathetik Day 1,681, 11:33

This article reminds me of the founding articles of ESO, not an article by Iain Keers. If there was a bit more bold I'd believe this was written by someone else. Maybe you've mellowed while I've been away or just worried there'll be another fiasco like joining Terra last year; not that I'm here to judge - the tone of the article just raised my eyebrows a bit.

To quote you "a nation united whatever the cost" is more what I expected.

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,681, 11:40

Who do you think jamesw learned from Rednoahl? You do realise we were partners in crime for years?

cenodekaMKD
cenodekaMKD Day 1,681, 11:43

Good luck o7

TheInspector
TheInspector Day 1,681, 11:46

Good Luck!!!

Augustus Grim
Augustus Grim Day 1,681, 11:49

This is exactly what's going on in eIsrael... We managed to go in the right direction this month. I wish you good luck, and I hope the eUK can achieve unity as well!

Frerk
Frerk Day 1,681, 11:56

You've done a splendid job at showing just how poorly you know the guy you're trying to criticize, Rednoahl

RaviMirza
RaviMirza Day 1,681, 12:07

make it an empire, iain

Thomas765
Thomas765 Day 1,681, 13:01

Side note: UKPP is pretty cool now.

krispo
krispo Day 1,681, 13:16

gl, voted

jamesw
jamesw Day 1,681, 13:31

Missing the real divide imo.

[19:20] <~DanMoir> Iain has chosen his path
[19:20] <~DanMoir> if you don't like it, vote for the multi-accounting cheat that ESO will be running

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,681, 13:33

Oh yes jamesw, I missed the part where my name was Dan Moir.

jamesw
jamesw Day 1,681, 13:36

I'm not saying you're responsible. As you say, you're but one cog in TUP. What I am saying, is that the real 'division' these days isn't TUP-UKPP. The bawww is to be found in TUP-ESO, both parties are equally at fault, and need to account for as well as be involved in fixing it.

Niemand
Niemand Day 1,681, 13:52

This is what I like. Not ignoring what you do not like, have a good discussion, try to change things. Inform others where is your dislike, and seek common ground. For me that is the start to get things moving to the right direction.

Angela Williams
Angela Williams Day 1,681, 14:10

Reformed UKPP FTW - good article btw

Inwegen
Inwegen Day 1,681, 14:19

Will you *unite* with me? ^___^

Apathetik
Apathetik Day 1,681, 14:22

Sure I do, but with disunity having been such a problem for so long I'm surprised he didn't tell you about it :p

Seriously though, if you think you can unify the country - great. You were a capable leader when I worked as an apprentice for Hof (MoW) back in V2, and by my estimation you're one of the few who could unify the country at this time. Good luck

BrickTamland
BrickTamland Day 1,681, 14:47

we're getting there, thanks for your support o7

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,681, 15:00

jamesw the difference is that all of the fighting between TUP and ESO is within the pseudo-framework of the UK community- in other words ESO and TUP might disagree, but they agree to support the outcomes of debates whatever they might be. For example Dan might think *insert person here* is a horrible git, but if they're elected he'll not bugger off to another country and stop helping the UK.

That's real patriotism and unity, and we see that potential in all parties.

bobbinbob
bobbinbob Day 1,681, 15:40

voted, and still liking the sound of it

Master Hofkens
Master Hofkens Day 1,681, 16:19

Rednoahl \o/ I still remember you!

Iain Keers is indeed a great leader and a hard worker. It was an honour servings as MoW in you're cabinet and I think you can indeed be a perfect Country President again but not because you are talking about unity but because you have a vision for this country. It's not a vision everyone shares with you but I think you can changes this country.

WayneKerr
WayneKerr Day 1,681, 16:27

As much as I hate to say it Iain, it's bare bones are pretty much what every potential CP has came out with since my eBirth albeit dressed up in your usual excellent writing style.

I thank you for your acknowledgement of UKPP's better standing of late though and we hope to carry on the good showing.

Iain Keers
Iain Keers Day 1,681, 23:20

@Wayne I think a lot of this should be obvious, but as you can see from jamesw's post a lot of people seem to miss the point of it. Unity isn't about conformity. Involving all parties in government is just a small part of it. It's about getting everyone to agree that whatever the argument, we all work in the same system and accept the outcomes.

VonEich
VonEich Day 1,682, 02:35

Setting aside differences and working together despite personal problems sounds easy. You could think that people come together and work hand in hand if the common good is in danger. That this is not the case proves the current condition of the (real) US congress. If you think you can mend such problems just by good will and apealing to common sense you are in for a surprise! Common sense is a rare commoditiy and there is not enough for all people (unfortunatly).

Etheri
Etheri Day 1,682, 11:29

Imagine the great things Iain could achieve if he channeled all his anger into positive energy.

Bernard Hoffington
Bernard Hoffington Day 1,682, 11:42

So if your talking about new beginnings and working together, how many members of UKPP will be in your government?

Orinocco
Orinocco Day 1,682, 12:07

You got my vote. Get rid of that little prat BigAnt and then maybe you might get a closer bond between parties. That idiot just keeps stirring things up with his vote bought articles. You was a great military leader and you will make great CP.

Elle Roslin
Elle Roslin Day 1,682, 14:36

If we can move past the generalizations of entire parties shouldering the blame for individuals, that would be a big leap forward. I'm bored of the personal squabbles.

I hope you're serious about what you are saying, and I appreciate that you acknowledge that there are faults on all sides.

I know you Keers. I personally like you and I respect you. I will be watching this with great interest.

N W G
N W G Day 1,682, 16:17

Real leaders stand up for what is right and will defend this for eternity, This maybe different from what you believe in or how you wish to do things, Real leaders also lead by example and set a president on how things should be done. So Ian does this mean that should you become the leader of this nation we should all follow in your example in no longer fighting and defending the eUK on the battlefield.
Does your stance here make us weaker as a nation when great warriors stand by and do nothing

N W G
N W G Day 1,682, 16:18

And how should people feel when the party there in and the believes of that party they follow are so easily tainted and put down to the many around you including those upto and including the SG of ONE. And this from the very man who now turns round claiming to want to be above the "petty party argument" because he is now asking for that very same party's hand in support.

I agree the arguments must stay in the past but the hurt from such actions still need mending and trusts rebuild

An Broc
An Broc Day 1,682, 20:45

We'll bachelorette-swap Roz for Invalidation as our first step to unity.

Lord Reincarnate
Lord Reincarnate Day 1,683, 01:24

personally, i already see a massive change in the, much greater, levels of unity with the eUK military. if we can continue to work together well militarily, i see no reason that we can all poliitically "agree to disagree" together. good article, voted.

Lord Reincarnate
Lord Reincarnate Day 1,683, 05:12

no reason that we cant*

 
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